Cincinnati Bengals

Facts and information about the Cincinnati Bengals

  • The first NFL player to sack Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton was Joe Haden of the Browns.
  • When Paul Brown originally attempted to form the Bengals, it was his intent to join the NFL and not the AFL. It was only the assurance of the AFL-NFL merger and the knowledge that his team would eventually be in the NFL that made him follow through with the plan.
  • Pat McInally had the unique distinction of playing both Punter and Wide Receiver for the Bengals.
  • On November 25, 2012, Bengals kicker Mike Nugent successfully kicked a 55 yard field goal in a win over the Raiders.  This topped his old career best of 54 yards.


  • Running back Archie Griffin was the first non-quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals to throw more than one touchdown pass during their career when he threw two during the late 1970’s.  Later, punter Lee Johnson would join him by throwing two in the early 1990’s.
  • Corey Dillon had more 1,000 yard rushing seasons for the Bengals, a total of six, than anyone else in team history.
  • In 1973, Essex Johnson became the first Bengals player to ever gain more than 100 yards rushing and receiving in the same game.
  • The first Bengals quarterback to ever throw for more than 3,000 yards in a season was Ken Anderson in 1975.
  • Wide receiver Eddie Brown caught more touchdown passes from Boomer Esiason than any other player.
  • On October 12, 2014, Giovani Bernard ran the ball 18 times for 137 yards and a touchdown in a tie game between the Bengals and the Panthers.  This was his 21st NFL game and the first time he’d topped the 100 yard rushing mark.
  • The first Bengals receiver to put up 200 or more receiving yards in one game was future Hall of Famer Charlie Joiner.  He caught seven passes for 200 yards in a 1975 loss to the Cleveland Browns.
  • Ken Anderson amassed more sacks than any other Cincinnati Bengals player in history.  He was sacked 398 times during his career.
  • Ken Anderson threw more touchdown passes, a total of 51, to Isaac Curtis than he did to any other player.
  • Boomer Esiason threw more touchdown passes against the Houston Oilers than he did against any other NFL franchise.
  • Ken Anderson threw more touchdown passes against the Houston Oilers than he did against any other opponent.
  • The first Cincinnati Bengals player to put together a 1,000 yard rushing season was Paul Robinson in 1968.  This would be the only 1,000 yard rushing season of his career.
  • The first player to catch a touchdown pass from Andy Dalton was tight end Jermaine Gresham.  It went for two yards and came in a season opening win over the Browns.
  • The worst win-loss record by a Bengals starting quarterback who started at least 16 games for the team during their career is 4-20 and is the property of David Klingler.
  • Boomer Esiason’s first career NFL touchdown pass was caught by M.L. Harris.
  • Ken Anderson’s last touchdown pass of his career was caught by running back Larry Kinnebrew.
  • During his career, Boomer Esiason would complete touchdown passes to two different players who would eventually become members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  While with the Jets he would throw three touchdown passes to wide receiver Art Monk and during his time with the Bengals he would throw four touchdown passes to offensive lineman Anthony Munoz.
  • Carson Palmer’s first NFL touchdown pass came in his first game ever, it went for six yards and was caught by Kenny Watson.
  • The Cincinnati Bengals had no 1,000 yard rushers during the entire 1970’s.
  • At one point over a span of six consecutive games in 2007, Carson Palmer threw seven straight touchdown passes to receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh without another player on the team catching one.
  • The Bengals joined the AFL in 1968 and then the NFL in 1970 as part of the NFL-AFL merger.


  • Prior to ever catching a pass in the NFL, Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu attempted a pass.  On the first play of the second game of his rookie season with the Bengals in 2012, Sanu lined up at quarterback in the wildcat package and completed a 73 yard TD pass to A.J. Green.  Sanu had played wide receiver at Rutgers in college but had been an option quarterback in high school.
  • While with the Cincinnati Bengals, Charlie Joiner once accumulated 200 yards receiving in one game.
  • During Carson Palmer’s senior season at Santa Margarita Catholic High School he threw 71 touchdown passes.
  • Jeremy Hill scored nine rushing touchdowns during his rookie year in 2014.  Though six of the nine came from four yards out or less, he also ran one in from 60 yards away and another from 85 yards out.
  • Boomer Esiason was the first quarterback taken in the 1984 NFL Draft… even though he wasn’t selected until early in the second round. Esiason was selected in the first round of the USFL Draft that year by the Washington Federals.
  • The final play of quarterback Boomer Esiason’s career was a 77 yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Darnay Scott.
  • The first touchdown pass A.J. Green ever caught in the NFL was a fourth quarter 41 yarder in a win over the Browns in 2011 and was the one and only TD pass thrown to him by Bruce Gradkowski.
  • Paul Brown, the founder and longtime Head Coach of the Cleveland Browns also founded the Cincinnati Bengals.
  • Linebacker Reggie Williams, a Dartmouth graduate, served on the Cincinnati City Council while playing for the Bengals.
  • The first time Bengals running back Giovani Bernard touchded the football in an NFL game it came on an 8 yard reception from Andy Dalton in a season opening loss to the Bears in 2013.  His first career rushing attempt came just two plays later and was good for a gain of 6 yards.


  • The Bengals unique tiger-striped helmets were debuted for the 1981 season.

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