The Cincinnati Bengals came into pro football in the late 1960s and have had an up and down history ever since. The Bengals have had good years and bad, and have even made two Super Bowl appearances. They have had great players and great games, but on one day they had a rushing performance that will live in team history for a long time.
On October 22nd, 2000, the 0-6 Bengals hosted the 4-3 Denver Broncos. The Broncos opened up the scoring on a one yard Brian Griese to Detron Smith touchdown pass in the first quarter. The Bengals answered with a field goal to start the second quarter. This was answered back by the Broncos with a three yard second quarter touchdown run. The Bengals pulled closer after a 77 yard touchdown run by Peter Warrick just before halftime. At the half, the Broncos were up 14-10.
Cincinnati put up the only score of the third quarter when Brandon Bennet ran one in from 19 yards out. The fourth quarter was running back Corey Dillon’s as he opened it up with a 65 yard touchdown run, and then after a 28 yard touchdown pass from Griese to Rod Smith, he would add another one from 41 yards out. The game would end just like that with the Bengals coming from behind to defeat the Broncos by the score of 31-21.
When the game was over, the Bengals as a team racked up 407 yards on 37 carries with four touchdowns on the ground which translates to an amazing 11 yards per carry average. Individually, it was Corey Dillon who shined brightest with 22 carries for 278 yards and two touchdowns. Four others added to Cincinnati’s rushing total including receiver Peter Warrick who had three carries for 90 yards and a touchdown, running back Brandon Bennett who added seven carries for 19 yards and a touchdown, eight yards on two carries by quarterback Scott Mitchell, and 12 yards on three carries by quarterback Akili Smith.
A 300 yard passing game is considered an impressive performance, but when a team goes off for 400 yards rushing it is really worth mentioning.