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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 head coach Marvin Lewis. Highly regarded throughout Cincinnati, Lewis had been at the helm of this team from 2003 until the end of 2018. Looking forward, the Bengals organization is trying to find the right fit that will mesh with the current team and help propel them to playoff wins and a chance at their first Super Bowl victory.
The 2017 campaign and its resulting record of 7-9 has many in Cincinnati worried about the direction of this team. The 2018 campaign has done nothing to calm those feelings. 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. He will have to wait until 2019 to do so, as an injured thumb landed him on the IR for the remainder of 2018. Backup quarterback Jeff Driskel has been thrust into the starting role, distributing the ball to a number of players including Tyler Boyd, the 9th overall 2016 draft pick and John Ross, the 9th overall 2017 draft pick. Tight End CJ Uzomah tries to make the most of his starts in place of the injured Tyler Eifert, who is on IR with an ankle injury. Pro Bowl wide receiver AJ Green, meanwhile nurses a foot injury while on IR. Needless the say, injuries have decimated this team. Running back Joe Mixon, has put together a solid effort in 2018. Giovanni Bernard still shoulders most of the load.
Cincinnati also has top talent in the form of defensive end Carlos Dunlap and defensive tackle Geno Atkins. Dre Kirkpatrick, Shawn Williams, and rookie Jessie Bates all patrol the backfield. Controversial linebacker Vontaze Burfict will not be with the team in 2019 as he was cut in the offseason.
Perhaps the hiring of LA Rams quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor as the new head coach in Cincinnati will help get this team over the hump. A fresh regime could liven up a group that has fallen stagnant in recent years.
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.