2005 Cincinnati Bengals season
Head Coach Marvin Lewis
Home Field Paul Brown Stadium
Record 11–5
Place 1st AFC North
Playoff Finish Lost Wild Card
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The 2005 Cincinnati Bengals season was the team's 38th year in professional football and its 36th with the National Football League.

2005 was the team's first season with a winning record, playoff berth, and division title since 1990. In the fourteen years and 224 games in between (1991-2004), the Bengals' record was 71-153, a 0.317 winning percentage.[1] It would be the Bengals' lone playoff appearance in a span of 18 years (1991-2008). QB Carson Palmer got off to a strong start on his way to a solid 3836 yard season with 32 Touchdown passes, earning a trip to the Pro Bowl. Receiving many of Palmer's passes was Chad Johnson, who follwed teammate Palmer to the Pro Bowl in Hawaii, racking up an impressive 1,432 yards in receiving with nine TDs, many of which were followed by unique celebrations that made him a regular star on the spots highlight shows.

Following a 42-29 win over the Baltimore Ravens, the Bengals faced the Steelers again this time in Pittsburgh, where the Bengals offense continued to fly behind Carson Palmer who had three Touchdown passes and 227 yards passing in an impressive 38-31 win that gave the Bengals first place in the AFC North at 9-3. The Bengals would not relinquish first place winning the next two games to clinch the division with two weeks to go. After clinching the division the Bengals played cautiously and dropped their final two games to finish with an 11-5 record, beating out the eventual Super Bowl champion Steelers, who finished with an identical record, on a tiebreaker situation.[2]


NFL DraftEdit

2005 Cincinnati Bengals Draft
Round Pick # Overall Name Position College
1 17 17 David PollackLB Georgia
2 16 48 Odell ThurmanLB Georgia
3 19 83 Chris HenryWR West Virginia
4 22 119 Eric GhiaciucC Central Michigan
5 24 153 Adam KieftT Central Michigan
6 29 190 Tab PerryWR UCLA
7 17 233 Jonathan FaneneDE Utah



2005 Cincinnati Bengals staff

Head Coaches

  • Head Coach – Marvin Lewis
  • Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line – Paul Alexander

Offensive Coaches


Defensive Coaches

  • Defensive Coordinator – Chuck Bresnahan
  • Defensive Line – Jay Hayes
  • Linebackers – Ricky Hunley
  • Defensive Backs – Kevin Coyle
  • Assistant Defensive Backs – Louie Cioffi
  • Staff Assistant – Paul Guenther

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Chip Morton
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Ray Oliver



2005 Cincinnati Bengals roster

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen


Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Regular seasonEdit


2005 Cincinnati Bengals Schedule
Date Opponent # Result Score Attendance Stadium
September 11 at Cleveland Browns W 27–13
Cleveland Browns Stadium
September 18 Minnesota Vikings W 37–8
Paul Brown Stadium
September 25 at Chicago Bears W 24–7
Soldier Field
October 2 Houston Texans W 16–10
Paul Brown Stadium
October 9 at Jacksonville Jaguars L 20–23
Alltel Stadium
October 16 at Tennessee Titans W 31–23
The Coliseum
October 23 Pittsburgh Steelers L 13–27
Paul Brown Stadium
October 30 Green Bay Packers W 21–14
Paul Brown Stadium
November 6 at Baltimore Ravens W 21–9
M&T Bank Stadium
November 20 Indianapolis Colts L 37–45
Paul Brown Stadium
November 27 Baltimore Ravens W 42–29
Paul Brown Stadium
December 4 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 38–31
Heinz Field
December 11 Cleveland Browns W 23–20
Paul Brown Stadium
December 18 at Detroit Lions W 41–17
Ford Field
December 24 Buffalo Bills L 27–37
Paul Brown Stadium
January 1 at Kansas City Chiefs L 3–37
Arrowhead Stadium


Template:2005 AFC North standings


Game Stats- AFC Wild Card Playoff
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 14 14 3 31
Bengals 10 7 0 0 17

at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

AFC Divisional playoff vs. SteelersEdit

On January 8, 2006, the Cincinnati Bengals took on the Pittsburgh Steelers in the opening round of the playoffs making it the Bengals first playoff appearance of the decade. Disaster started early for the Bengals when Bengals quarterback (Carson Palmer) was hit on just the second play of the game, resulting in a tear of his ACL (Anterior cruciate ligament). Backup quarterback Jon Kitna took over and did very well, giving Cincinnati leads of 10–0 and 17–7 at points of the game. All seemed well for the Bengals until the Steelers came back with 24 unanswered points and knocked the Cincinnati Bengals out of the playoffs with a final score of 31–17. The Steeler defense proved to be too much for the upstart Bengals, as the Steelers won the game in dominating fashion on route to their fifth Super Bowl berth.[5]

Awards and recordsEdit


  • The Bengals established a home season attendance record of 526,469 to break the mark of 524,248 set a season earlier.
  • Palmer's first six starts of the season, combined with his last three starts of 2004, made him only the second passer in NFL history to post nine straight games with a passer rating of 100 or more (Peyton Manning, 2004)
  • Carson Palmer led the NFL in three major passing categories – TD passes (32), completion percentage (67.8) and TD-INT differential (32–12)


  1. In multiple seasons, from 1991 to 2004, playing for the Cincinnati Bengals, in the regular season, sorted by descending Date.
  2. Season summary and tatistics at Sports E Cyclopedia
  3. Coaching History. Archived from the original on 17 June 2010. Retrieved on 2010-07-01.
  5. Season summary and tatistics at Sports E Cyclopedia

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