List of Cincinnati Bengals seasons

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For complete team history, see History of the Cincinnati Bengals.
Paul Brown Stadium, current home of the Cincinnati Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals franchise was founded in 1968 as a member of the West division of the American Football League (AFL). The Bengals joined the National Football League (NFL) as a result of the AFL–NFL merger prior to 1970. This list documents the franchise's completed seasons from 1968 to present, including postseason records and results from postseason games.[1] The Bengals have played over 700 games in their history, which includes two conference championships, eight division championships, and 12 playoff appearances.

The franchise has experienced several extended periods of success in their history. These periods came from 1981 to 1990 when the Bengals qualified for the playoffs four times and played in two Super Bowls, and from 2009 to the present. However, during a 14-year span—1991 to 2004—the Bengals did not qualify for the playoffs. During this time, the franchise had nine seasons with 10 or more losses, and three of those seasons the franchise had the league's worst record. Since 2005 the Bengals have been more successful, posting seven winning seasons, three division titles and seven wild card playoff berths (including an active streak of five consecutive playoff seasons, a first in franchise history).

Legend[edit]

Finish Final position in league, division, or conference
W Wins
L Loses
Conference Champions
Division Champions
Wild Card Berth

Season records[edit]

Season Team League Conference Division Regular season Post Season Results Awards Head coaches
Finish Wins Losses Ties
1968 1968[2] AFL Western 5th 3 11 0 Paul Robinson (OROY) Paul Brown
1969 1969[3] AFL Western 5th 4 9 1 Paul Brown (COY)
Greg Cook (OROY)
Paul Brown
1970 1970[4] NFL AFC Central 1st 8 6 0 Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Colts) 0–17 Paul Brown (COY) Paul Brown
1971 1971[5] NFL AFC Central 4th 4 10 0 Paul Brown
1972 1972[6] NFL AFC Central 3rd 8 6 0 Paul Brown
1973 1973[7] NFL AFC Central 1st 10 4 0 Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Dolphins) 16–34 Paul Brown
1974 1974[8] NFL AFC Central 2nd 7 7 0 Paul Brown
1975 1975[9] NFL AFC Central 2nd 11 3 0 Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Raiders) 28–31 Ken Anderson (WPMOY) Paul Brown
1976 1976[10] NFL AFC Central 2nd 10 4 0 Bill Johnson
1977 1977[11] NFL AFC Central 3rd 8 6 0 Bill Johnson
1978 1978[12] NFL AFC Central 4th 4 12 0 Bill Johnson (0–5)
Homer Rice (4–7)
1979 1979[13] NFL AFC Central 4th 4 12 0 Homer Rice
1980 1980[14] NFL AFC Central 4th 6 10 0 Forrest Gregg
1981 1981[15] NFL AFC Central 1st 12 4 0 Won Divisional Playoffs (Bills) 28–21
Won Conference Championship (Chargers) 27–7
Lost Super Bowl XVI (vs. 49ers) 21–26
Ken Anderson (MVP, OPOY, CBPOY) Forrest Gregg
1982 1982[16][a] NFL AFC 3rd 7 2 0 Lost First Round (Jets) 17–44 Forrest Gregg
1983 1983[17] NFL AFC Central 3rd 7 9 0 Forrest Gregg
1984 1984[18] NFL AFC Central 2nd 8 8 0 Sam Wyche
1985 1985[19] NFL AFC Central 2nd 7 9 0 Eddie Brown (OROY) Sam Wyche
1986 1986[20] NFL AFC Central 2nd 10 6 0 Reggie Williams (WPMOY) Sam Wyche
1987 1987[21][b] NFL AFC Central 4th 4 11 0 Sam Wyche
1988 1988[22] NFL AFC Central 1st 12 4 0 Won Divisional Playoffs (Seahawks) 21–13
Won Conference Championship (Bills) 21–10
Lost Super Bowl XXIII (vs. 49ers) 16–20
Boomer Esiason (MVP) Sam Wyche
1989 1989[23] NFL AFC Central 4th 8 8 0 Sam Wyche
1990 1990[24] NFL AFC Central 1st 9 7 0 Won Wild Card Playoffs (Oilers) 41–14
Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Raiders) 10–20
Sam Wyche
1991 1991[25] NFL AFC Central 4th 3 13 0 Anthony Muñoz (WPMOY) Sam Wyche
1992 1992[26] NFL AFC Central 4th 5 11 0 Carl Pickens (OROY) Dave Shula
1993 1993[27] NFL AFC Central 4th 3 13 0 Dave Shula
1994 1994[28] NFL AFC Central 3rd 3 13 0 Dave Shula
1995 1995[29] NFL AFC Central 2nd 7 9 0 Dave Shula
1996 1996[30] NFL AFC Central 3rd 8 8 0 Dave Shula (1–6)
Bruce Coslet (7–2)
1997 1997[31] NFL AFC Central 4th 7 9 0 Bruce Coslet
1998 1998[32] NFL AFC Central 5th 3 13 0 Bruce Coslet
1999 1999[33] NFL AFC Central 5th 4 12 0 Bruce Coslet
2000 2000[34] NFL AFC Central 5th 4 12 0 Bruce Coslet (0–3)
Dick LeBeau (4–9)
2001 2001[35] NFL AFC Central 6th 6 10 0 Dick LeBeau
2002 2002[36] NFL AFC North 4th 2 14 0 Dick LeBeau
2003 2003[37] NFL AFC North 2nd 8 8 0 Jon Kitna (CBPOY) Marvin Lewis
2004 2004[38] NFL AFC North 3rd 8 8 0
2005 2005[39] NFL AFC North 1st 11 5 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Steelers) 17–31 Marvin Lewis
2006 2006[40] NFL AFC North 2nd 8 8 0 Marvin Lewis
2007 2007[41] NFL AFC North 3rd 7 9 0 Marvin Lewis
2008 2008[42] NFL AFC North 3rd 4 11 1 Marvin Lewis
2009 2009[43] NFL AFC North 1st 10 6 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Jets) 14–24 Marvin Lewis (COY) Marvin Lewis
2010 2010[44] NFL AFC North 4th 4 12 0 Marvin Lewis
2011 2011[45] NFL AFC North 3rd 9 7 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (at Texans) 10–31 Marvin Lewis
2012 2012[46] NFL AFC North 2nd 10 6 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (at Texans) 13–19 Marvin Lewis
2013 2013[47] NFL AFC North 1st 11 5 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Chargers) 10–27 Marvin Lewis
2014 2014[48] NFL AFC North 2nd 10 5 1 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (at Colts) 10–26 Marvin Lewis
2015 2015[49] NFL AFC North 1st 12 4 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Steelers) 16–18 Marvin Lewis
Totals W L T
338 399 3 All-time regular season record (1968–2015)[50]
5 14 0 All-time postseason record (1968–2015)[50]
343 413 3 All-time regular season and postseason record (1968–2015)[50]
2 Conference Championships, 9 Divisional Championships

Footnotes[edit]

  • a The 1982 season was a strike-shortened season so the league was divided up into two conferences instead of its normal divisional alignment.
  • b The strike of 1987 reduced the regular season schedule from 16 to 15 games.

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ Note: The Finish, Wins, Losses, and Ties columns list only regular season game results and exclude any postseason play records. Regular and postseason records are combined only at the bottom of the list.
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