List of Cincinnati Bengals seasons

For complete team history, see History of the Cincinnati Bengals.


The Cincinnati Bengals franchise was founded in 1968 as a member of the Western Division of the American Football League (AFL). 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 six hundred games in their history, which includes two conference championships, seven division championships, and ten playoff appearances.

The franchise has experienced one period of success in their history. This period came from 1981 to 1990 when the Bengals qualified for the playoffs four times and played in two Super Bowls. The Bengals have experienced much failure in their history. During a fourteen-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 loses, and three of those seasons the franchise had the league's worst record. In the 2002 season, the franchise posted their worst season record with a 2–14 showing. However, since 2005 the Bengals have been more successful, posting four winning seasons, two division titles and three playoff berths (including back-to-back playoff seasons for the first time since 1982).

Legend

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

Season records

Season Team League Conference Division Regular season Post Season Results Awards References
Finish W L T
Cincinnati Bengals
1968 AFL Western 5th 3 11 0 Paul Robinson (OROY) [2]
1969 AFL Western 5th 4 9 1 Paul Brown (COY)
Greg Cook (OROY)
[3]
1970 NFL AFC Central ** 1st ** 8 6 0 Lost Divisional Playoffs (Colts) 17-0 Paul Brown (COY) [4][a]
1971 NFL AFC Central 4th 4 10 0 [5]
1972 NFL AFC Central 3rd 8 6 0 [6]
1973 NFL AFC Central ** 1st ** 10 4 0 Lost Divisional Playoffs (Dolphins) 34–16 [7]
1974 NFL AFC Central 2nd 7 7 0 [8]
1975 NFL AFC Central 2nd ¤ 11 3 0 Lost Divisional Playoffs (Raiders) 31–28 Ken Anderson (WPMOY) [9]
1976 NFL AFC Central 2nd 10 4 0 [10]
1977 NFL AFC Central 3rd 8 6 0 [11]
1978 NFL AFC Central 4th 4 12 0 [12]
1979 NFL AFC Central 4th 4 12 0 [13]
1980 NFL AFC Central 4th 6 10 0 [14]
1981 NFL AFC * Central ** 1st ** 12 4 0 Won Divisional Playoffs (Bills) 28-21
Won Conference Championship (Chargers) 27-7
Lost Super Bowl XVI (49ers) 26-21
Ken Anderson (MVP, OPOY, CBPOY) [15]
1982 NFL AFC 3rd ¤ 7 2 0 Lost First Round (Jets) 44-17 [16][b]
1983 NFL AFC Central 3rd 7 9 0 [17]
1984 NFL AFC Central 2nd 8 8 0 [18]
1985 NFL AFC Central 2nd 7 9 0 Eddie Brown (OROY) [19]
1986 NFL AFC Central 2nd 10 6 0 Reggie Williams (WPMOY) [20]
1987 NFL AFC Central 4th 4 11 0 [21][c]
1988 NFL AFC * Central ** 1st ** 12 4 0 Won Divisional Playoffs (Seahawks) 21–13
Won Conference Championship (Bills) 21–10
Lost Super Bowl XXIII (49ers) 20–16
Boomer Esiason (MVP) [22]
1989 NFL AFC Central 4th 8 8 0 [23]
1990 NFL AFC Central ** 1st ** 9 7 0 Won Wild Card Playoffs (Oilers) 41–14
Lost Divisional Playoffs (Raiders) 20–10
[24]
1991 NFL AFC Central 4th 3 13 0 Anthony Muñoz (WPMOY) [25]
1992 NFL AFC Central 4th 5 11 0 Carl Pickens (OROY) [26]
1993 NFL AFC Central 4th 3 13 0 [27]
1994 NFL AFC Central 3rd 3 13 0 [28]
1995 NFL AFC Central 2nd 7 9 0 [29]
1996 NFL AFC Central 3rd 8 8 0 [30]
1997 NFL AFC Central 4th 7 9 0 [31]
1998 NFL AFC Central 5th 3 13 0 [32]
1999 NFL AFC Central 5th 4 12 0 [33]
2000 NFL AFC Central 5th 4 12 0 [34]
2001 NFL AFC Central 6th 6 10 0 [35]
2002 NFL AFC North 4th 2 14 0 [36]
2003 NFL AFC North 2nd 8 8 0 Jon Kitna (CBPOY) [37]
2004 NFL AFC North 3rd 8 8 0 [38]
2005 NFL AFC North ** 1st ** 11 5 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Steelers) 31-17 [39]
2006 NFL AFC North 2nd 8 8 0 [40]
2007 NFL AFC North 3rd 7 9 0 [41]
2008 NFL AFC North 3rd 4 11 1 [42]
2009 NFL AFC North ** 1st ** 10 6 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Jets) 24-14 Marvin Lewis (COY) [43]
2010 NFL AFC North 4th 4 12 0 [44]
2011 NFL AFC North 3rd ¤ 9 7 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Texans) 31-10
2012 NFL AFC North 2nd ¤ 10 6 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Texans) 19-13
2013 NFL AFC North 6 3 0
Totals W L T
305 386 2 All-time regular season record (1968–2012)[45]
5 11 0 All-time postseason record (1968–2012)[45]
310 397 2 All-time regular season and postseason record (thru 1/1/2013)[45]
2 Conference Championships, 7 Divisional Championships

Footnotes

  • a The score of the playoff game is in parenthesis with the winning score first no matter the outcome for the Bengals.
  • b The 1982 season was a strike-shortened season so the league was divided up into two conferences instead of its normal divisional alignment.
  • c The strike of 1987 reduced the regular season schedule from sixteen to fifteen games.

References

General
Specific

External links

  • Cincinnati Bengals season database
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