Eight Little Known Facts About Cincinnati Bengals Quarterbacks

There have been a very impressive amount of very good players play the position of quarterback over the years for the Cincinnati Bengals. From Ken Anderson, to Boomer Esiason, to Jon Kitna, and Carson Palmer, the Bengals have often had one of the better passing games in the league. Here is a look at nine interesting facts about some of the players who have played quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals.

– The first TD pass Carson Palmer ever threw in his NFL career was a six yard pass in a 31-24 loss to the New York Jets in 2004. It happened in the third quarter and was thrown to receiver Kenny Watson. This was the only touchdown pass he would ever throw to Watson.

– While with the Cincinnati Bengals, Jeff Blake appeared in his only Pro Bowl in 1995. He set the Pro Bowl record for longest touchdown pass by throwing a 92 yarder to Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Yancey Thigpen.

– Ken Anderson quarterbacked the Bengals to a 33-21 win over the Buffalo Bills in 1975. This would be Cincinnati’s first win on Monday Night Football. The team would also establish records for passing yards in a game (447) and total offensive yardage (553).

– No Bengals quarterback has thrown more touchdown passes in one season than Carson Palmer who threw 32 in 2005.

– In 1988, Boomer Esiason led the entire NFL in yards per pass attempt (9.2) as well as in quarterback rating (97.4).

– Longtime Bengals backup quarterback Turk Schonert played five seasons with the team from 1981 to 1985, he then spent one season with the Atlanta Falcons in 1986, before returning and spending the final three seasons of his NFL career with the Bengals from 1987 to 1989.

– The most touchdown passes Boomer Esiason ever had in one game was five. He did this twice, both times as quarterback of the Cincinnati Bengals. The first time came in a 52-21 victory over the New York Jets in 1986 and the second time it happened was in a 56-23 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the 1989 season.

– In 1969, the Bengals drafted quarterback Greg Cook who had played collegiately at the University of Cincinnati with the fifth pick overall in the draft. He was the team’s starting quarterback during his rookie season, but then a rotator cuff injury forced him to retire following the season, ending his professional career with just one season played.

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