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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 coachSam Wyche
General managerPaul Brown
Home fieldRiverfront Stadium
Results
Record8–8
Division place2nd AFC Central
Playoff finishdid 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.[1] They both scored and allowed 339 points in addition to their 8-8 record.[2]

Contents

OffseasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

1984 Cincinnati Bengals draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 7 Ricky Hunley  LB Arizona
1 16 Pete Koch  DE Maryland
1 28 Brian Blados  OT North Carolina
2 38 Boomer Esiason *  QB Maryland
3 65 Stanford Jennings  RB Furman
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
10 265 Brent Ziegler  RB Syracuse
11 289 Steve McKeaver  RB Central State (OK)
12 316 Steve Raquet  LB Holy Cross
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

RosterEdit

1984 Cincinnati Bengals roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

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Practice squad {{{practice_squad}}}


Rookies in italics

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 2, 1984 at Denver Broncos L 20–17
74,178
2 September 9, 1984 Kansas City Chiefs L 27–22
47,111
3 September 16, 1984 at New York Jets L 43–23
64,193
4 September 23, 1984 Los Angeles Rams L 24–14
45,406
5 October 1, 1984 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 38–17
57,098
6 October 7, 1984 Houston Oilers W 13–3
43,637
7 October 14, 1984 at New England Patriots L 20–14
48,154
8 October 21, 1984 Cleveland Browns W 12–9
50,667
9 October 28, 1984 at Houston Oilers W 31–13
34,010
10 November 4, 1984 at San Francisco 49ers L 23–17
58,324
11 November 11, 1984 Pittsburgh Steelers W 22–20
52,497
12 November 18, 1984 Seattle Seahawks L 26–6
50,280
13 November 25, 1984 Atlanta Falcons W 35–14
44,678
14 December 2, 1984 at Cleveland Browns W 20–17
51,774
15 December 9, 1984 at New Orleans Saints W 24–21
40,855
16 December 16, 1984 Buffalo Bills W 52–21
55,771

Game summariesEdit

Week 6Edit

1 234Total
Oilers 0 030 3
• Bengals 0 373 13

[3]

Week 7Edit

Week 8Edit

1 234Total
Browns 3 303 9
• Bengals 3 306 12

[4]

Week 11Edit

1 234Total
Steelers 0 1307 20
• Bengals 3 0127 22

[5]

StandingsEdit

AFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Pittsburgh Steelers(3) 9 7 0 .563 3–3 6–6 387 310 W2
Cincinnati Bengals 8 8 0 .500 5–1 6–6 339 339 W4
Cleveland Browns 5 11 0 .313 3–3 4–8 250 297 W1
Houston Oilers 3 13 0 .188 1–5 3–9 240 437 L2

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