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1970 Cincinnati Bengals season
Head Coach Paul Brown
Home Field Riverfront Stadium
Results
Record 8–6–0
Place 1st AFC Central
Playoff Finish Lost AFC Divisional Playoff
Timeline
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1969 1971

The 1970 Cincinnati Bengals season was the team's third year in professional football and its first with the National Football League.

The NFL-AFL merger took place before the season, and the Bengals made their first NFL campaign a memorable one. After winning their first ever game as a member of the NFL -- their inaugural game in the brand new Riverfront Stadium -- they would lose six games in a row. After the 1-6 start, however, the Bengals would win the rest of their games, rallying to a 8-6 finish and champions of the newly-formed AFC Central division. In their first playoff game, they lost, 17–0, to eventual Super Bowl-champion Baltimore. Cincinnati quarterback Greg Cook was forced to the Injured Reserve list in training camp with a shoulder injury that would ultimately end his career; Virgil Carter took over as the starter.

In just their third season, the 1970 Bengals set a league mark by being the first NFL expansion team to qualify for the playoffs within their first three seasons of existence.[1]

OffseasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

= Pro Bowler[2]
1970 Cincinnati Bengals Draft
Round Pick # Overall Name Position College
1 7 7 Mike Reid Defensive Tackle Penn State
2 6 32 Ron Carpenter Defensive Tackle North Carolina State
3 8 60 Chip Bennett Linebacker Abilene Christian
4 7 85 Joe Stevens Guard Jackson State
4 26 104 Billie Hayes Defensive Back San Diego State
6 8 138 Sandy Durko Defensive Back USC
7 7 163 Lemar Parrish Defensive Back Lincoln (MO)
8 6 188 Bill Trout Defensive Tackle Miami (FL)
9 8 216 Bill Bolden Running Back UCLA
10 7 241 Nick Roman Linebacker Ohio State
11 6 266 Samuel Wallace Offensive Tackle Grambling
12 8 294 Thomas Truesdell Defensive End Ohio Wesleyan
13 7 319 Paul Dunn (American Football) Wide Receiver US International
14 3 344 Joe Johnson Wide Receiver Johnson C. Smith
15 8 372 Marvin Weeks Defensive Back Alcorn State
16 7 397 Larry Ely Linebacker Iowa
17 6 422 Richard Smith Running Back Washington State

Regular seasonEdit

The Bengals set a league record for most points in a game scored by the special teams, with 31 in a 43–14 victory at Buffalo on Nov. 8, 1970. Cornerback Lemar Parrish scored two special teams touchdowns: one on a 95-yard kickoff return, and another on an 83-yard return of a blocked field goal attempt. Parrish is the only Bengals player ever to score two touchdowns in a game on returns and/or recoveries – and he did it three times. Kicker Horst Muhlmann added 15 points on five field goals, and four extra points by Muhlmann completed the special teams onslaught. The offense scored only one touchdown, a one-yard run by running back Jess Phillips. The defense scored a touchdown on an eight-yard fumble return by defensive end Royce Berry.

ScheduleEdit

1970 Cincinnati Bengals Schedule
Date Opponent Result Attendance Stadium
September 20 Oakland W 31–21
56,616
Riverfront Stadium
September 27 at Detroit L 3–38
58,202
Tiger Stadium
October 4 Houston L 13–20
55,094
Riverfront Stadium
October 11 at Cleveland L 27–30
83,520
Cleveland Stadium
October 18 Kansas City L 19–27
57,265
Riverfront Stadium
October 25 at Washington L 0–20
50,415
RFK Stadium
November 2 at Pittsburgh L 10–21
38,968
Three Rivers Stadium
November 8 at Buffalo W 43–14
43,587
War Memorial Stadium
November 15 Cleveland W 14–10
60,007
Riverfront Stadium
November 22 Pittsburgh W 34–7
59,276
Riverfront Stadium
November 29 New Orleans W 26–6
59,342
Riverfront Stadium
December 6 at San Diego W 17–14
41,461
San Diego Stadium
December 13 at Houston W 30–20
34,435
Astrodome
December 20 Boston W 45–7
60,157
Riverfront Stadium

StandingsEdit

Qualified for playoffs
AFC Central
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
Cincinnati Bengals 860.571312255
Cleveland 770.500286265
Pittsburgh 590.357210272
Houston 3101.231217352
[3]

Team statsEdit

1970 Cincinnati Bengals Team Stats
TEAM STATS Bengals Opponents
TOTAL FIRST DOWNS 210 236
Rushing 100 87
Passing 97 131
Penalty 13 18
TOTAL NET YARDS 3927 4178
Avg Per Game 280.5 298.4
Total Plays 831 874
Avg. Per Play 4.7 4.8
NET YARDS RUSHING 2057 1543
Avg. Per Game 146.9 110.2
Total Rushes 461 418
NET YARDS PASSING 1870 2635
Avg. Per Game 133.6 188.2
Sacked Yards Lost 31–227 28–250
Gross Yards 2097 2885
Att. Completions 339–172 428–209
Completion Pct. 50.7 48.8
Intercepted 11 23
PUNTS-AVERAGE 79–46.2 80–43.8
PENALTIES-YARDS 71–831 81–784
FUMBLES-BALL LOST 22–12 28–16
TOUCHDOWNS 34 31
Rushing 16 11
Passing 12 18
Returns 6 2
Score by Periods 1 2 3 4 Tot
Bengals 56 111 85 60 312
Opponents 49 82 52 72 255

Team leadersEdit

  • Passing: Virgil Carter (278 Att, 143 Comp, 1647 Yds, 51.4 Pct, 9 TD, 9 Int, 66.9 Rating)
  • Rushing: Jess Phillips (163 Att, 648 Yds, 4.0 Avg, 76 Long, 4 TD)
  • Receiving: Chip Myers (32 Rec, 542 Yds, 16.9 Avg, 56 Long, 1 TD)
  • Scoring: Horst Muhlmann, 108 points (25 FG; 33 PAT)

RosterEdit

Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

PlayoffsEdit

1970 AFC Divisional Playoffs
Date Opponent W-L Score ATT. Stadium
December 26 Baltimore L 0–17 51,127 Memorial

Awards and recordsEdit

Pro Bowl SelectionsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. The record stood until being eclipsed in 1996 by both the Carolina Panthers and Jacksonville Jaguars, who each made the playoffs in their second seasons.
  2. Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro-Bowl at any time in their career.
  3. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 296
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