1984 Cincinnati Bengals season
The 1984 Cincinnati Bengals season was the team's 17th year in professional football and its 15th with the National Football League (NFL). The team lost their first five games, before winning eight of their final eleven games to finish the season with a .500 record.
|1984 Cincinnati Bengals season|
|Head coach||Sam Wyche|
|General manager||Paul Brown|
|Home field||Riverfront Stadium|
|Division place||2nd AFC Central|
|Playoff finish||did not qualify|
The season was the first for head coach Sam Wyche, who had replaced former coach Forrest Gregg after Gregg had resigned following the previous season. Wyche had been the head coach at Indiana University in 1983.
The club stumbled out of the gate, and went winless in September en route to a 1–6 start. However, the team began a turnaround, and by December, was one of the hottest teams in the league. The team won seven out of their last nine games, including a crucial win against division rival Pittsburgh in week 11.
In the final week of the season, Cincinnati needed to win, and hope for the Steelers to lose at the Raiders, to secure an improbable AFC Central division title. The Bengals did their part, routing the Bills 52–21, and finished the season 8–8. Later in the day, the Bengals were forced to "scoreboard watch." The Steelers, however, managed to beat the Raiders, clinching the division, and effectively eliminating the Bengals from the playoffs.
In a 2018 article from FiveThirtyEight, the 1984 Cincinnati Bengals team is rated as the most average team in the history of American sports. They both scored and allowed 339 points in addition to their 8-8 record.
|1984 Cincinnati Bengals draft|
|1||28||Brian Blados||OT||North Carolina|
|2||38||Boomer Esiason *||QB||Maryland|
|4||92||John Farley||RB||Sacramento State|
|5||119||Barney Bussey||DB||South Carolina State|
|6||150||Don Kern||TE||Arizona State|
|7||177||Leo Barker||LB||New Mexico State|
|8||204||Bruce Reimers||Guard||Iowa State|
|9||231||Bruce Kozerski||Center||Holy Cross|
|10||262||Aaron Jackson||LB||North Carolina|
|11||289||Steve McKeaver||RB||Central State (OK)|
|12||316||Steve Raquet||LB||Holy Cross|
|Pro Football Hall of Fame Made at least one Pro Bowl during careerMade roster|
|1984 Cincinnati Bengals roster|
|1||September 2, 1984||at Denver Broncos||L 20–17|
|2||September 9, 1984||Kansas City Chiefs||L 27–22|
|3||September 16, 1984||at New York Jets||L 43–23|
|4||September 23, 1984||Los Angeles Rams||L 24–14|
|5||October 1, 1984||at Pittsburgh Steelers||L 38–17|
|6||October 7, 1984||Houston Oilers||W 13–3|
|7||October 14, 1984||at New England Patriots||L 20–14|
|8||October 21, 1984||Cleveland Browns||W 12–9|
|9||October 28, 1984||at Houston Oilers||W 31–13|
|10||November 4, 1984||at San Francisco 49ers||L 23–17|
|11||November 11, 1984||Pittsburgh Steelers||W 22–20|
|12||November 18, 1984||Seattle Seahawks||L 26–6|
|13||November 25, 1984||Atlanta Falcons||W 35–14|
|14||December 2, 1984||at Cleveland Browns||W 20–17|
|15||December 9, 1984||at New Orleans Saints||W 24–21|
|16||December 16, 1984||Buffalo Bills||W 52–21|
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