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The final team added to the AFL lineup, the Cincinnati Bengals played just two years in the American Football League before the merger saw them become a member of the NFL in the AFC. Wasting no time under head coach Paul Brown, the Bengals made the playoffs in the inaugural NFL season.
While 13 more playoff appearances would follow, none would end in a Super Bowl victory for the Bengals. Cincinnati came closest to attaining this elusive title in the 1980s. Their first chance was lost 26-21 at the hands of Joe Montana and the San Francisco 49ers. Following the 1988 season, the Bengals met the 49ers in Super Bowl again for a rematch ended in heartbreak for Cincinnati fans as Montana bested the Bengals again, completing the go-ahead drive to win the game with just 34 seconds left on the clock.
Bitter memories of these title games haunted the Bengals for years. Cincinnati would go on to make the postseason only once more under head coach Sam Wyche (in 1990) and would not make another appearance until 2005 under current head coach Marvin Lewis. Highly regarded throughout Cincinnati, Lewis has been at the helm of this team since 2003. The second longest tenured head coach in the NFL today, he took on a great task in turning this franchise around, and has made the perennial playoff contenders. Making the playoffs five out of the last six seasons, the Bengals are primed for a deep playoff run and a chance at their first Super Bowl victory.
The 2016 campaign and its resulting record of 6-9-1 is looked at as an aberration in Cincinnati. Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton knows that his team can perform better and expects to lead a group that is hungry to win back the AFC North. A team with plenty of receivers, Dalton has the option to distribute the ball to a number of players including Pro Bowler AJ Green, Brandon LaFell, Tyler Boyd, the 9th overall 2016 draft pick, and John Ross, the 9th overall 2017 draft pick. Additionally, Bengals fans can count on reliable tight end Tyler Eifert to make plenty of big plays. The front office has their fingers crossed that their second round pick from this year, controversial running back Joe Mixon, can keep out of trouble and contribute on the field.
The Bengals defense is no stranger to controversy with talented yet troubled players in Adam Jones and Vontaze Burfict in the lineup. Cincinnati also has top talent in the form of defensive end Carlos Dunlap and defensive tackle Geno Atkins. Kevin Minter has come over from the Arizona Cardinals to play at the linebacker position while Dre Kirkpatrick, George Iloka, and Shawn Williams all patrol the backfield.
Many memorable names have played on the field at Paul Brown Stadium over the years for the Bengals. Fans in Cincinnati count among the best of them to be Anthony Munoz, AJ Green, Ken Anderson, Boomer Esiason, Chad Ochocinco, Tim Krumrie, Cris Collinsworth, and Ickey Woods. More information about the Cincinnati Browns organization can be found by clicking here.