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07-07-2014, 09:37 AM
Cincinnati Bengals All-Time NFL Team Rankings #30

JULY 6, 2014

Over the past few years Cincinnati Bengals fans have been rewarded for their loyalty despite years of futility. Coach Marvin Lewis has put together a formidable roster which seems primed to get to the and compete for a championship. Their success, however, has not been enough to catapult a team with an overall record of 316-390-2 into the leagues upper tier and as such the Cincinnati Bengals earned 30th place in our rankings of all-time NFL teams. A full list of rankings to date may be found on the series main page (http://www.dignitasnews.com/dignitas-news-service-time-nfl-team-rankings/).

It is no coincidental that the Bengals appear to be going through a re-birth, given their unique history. The first appearance of the Cincinnati Bengals came in 1937, as a then-fledgling American Football League (AFL) granted the Ohio city a franchise donned the Bengals. That team finished its only season with a 2-4-2 record, but folded shortly thereafter. Just prior to the breakout of World War II, another AFL attempted to launch and a similarly named Cincinnati franchise would be commissioned, but world events thwarted this effort. It wasn’t until 1967 when Paul Brown, the founder and long time owner/coach of the Cleveland Browns was granted an expansion franchise in the “new” AFL and named his new team the Cincinnati Bengals, as an homage to the previous efforts to establish professional football in the “Queen City.”

Brown, as he had done in Cleveland, served as both its chief executive and head coach in its first eight season, with respectable. Following a 3-11 and 4-9-1 record in its first two season, the Bengals broke through in 1970 with its first playoff appearance and season, going 8-6. Along with other successful AFL franchises, they were absorbed into the National Football League (NFL) that season as the two leagues merged.

The Bengals remained a competitive force in the newly dubbed American Football Conference (AFC) but had the misfortune of being placed in the AFC Central division at a time when the Pittsburgh Steelers were coming to prominence in an era that saw them eventually reach the status as the dominant franchise in the NFL They fielded arguably the best team of the franchises history in 1975, Paul Brown’s final season as coach. Under the leadership of second year quarterback (QB) Ken Anderson, the Bengals achieved an 11-3 record that season, settling however for a Wild-Card playoff spot a behind the Steelers in the AFC Central.

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In the playoffs they took on the formidable Oakland Raiders in what would become one of the more entertaining post season of the decade. The Raiders raced out to a 24-7 lead and appeared to have the game wrapped up with a Ken Stabler touchdown pass to Dave Casper to give them a 31-14 lead in the fourth quarter. Ken Anderson brought the Bengals back with two fourth quarter touchdown passes but the comeback attempt fell short and the Raiders prevailed, 31-28. The solid effort bode well for the Bengals but following Browns departure as coach the team fell into a malaise that would not produce another post-season appearance for the remainder of the decade.

As the 1980′s and the Reagan presidency ushered in a new era for America, so too did they for the Cincinnati Bengals. The team updated their uniforms and logo branding, replacing their original helmets for a fresh look. This, along with the arrival of Forrest Gregg as head coach in 1980 brought a new sense of purpose to the franchise and it rewarded their fans with an unexpected 12-4 season in the 1981 season and its first ever home playoff contest on January 3rd, 1982 at Riverfront Stadium against the Buffalo Bills. After jumping out to an early 14-0, the Bengals allowed the Bills to climb back in but a now-cagey veteran Ken Anderson threw a fourth quarter touchdown pass to gangly receiver Chris Collinsworth and the defense held off the Buffalo charge for a 28-21 victory and a chance to play for the AFC Championship.

The AFC title game a week later has gone down in football lore as one of the most brutal of contests as a winter storm rolled into Cincinnati and produced a wind chill factor of negative 59 degrees in what would come to be known as “The Freezer Bowl.” Their California opponent, the high-flying San Diego Chargers had themselves come off a classic overtime victory against the Dolphins a week before, although in the balmy climate of Miami. The Bengals toughness and the wintry weather were too much for the normally pass-happy Chargers to overcome as the Bengals used a balanced offensive attack and stifling defense to prevail 27-7 and earn them their first ever Super Bowl appearance.

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Unfortunately for a Bengals franchise that peaked as the Pittsburgh Steelers league dominance began to wane, they ran full steam into another emerging dynasty in the first Super Bowl, in that of Bill Walsh, Joe Montana and the San Francisco 49′ers. Despite 300 yards passing by Anderson and overall solid play, the Bengals lost to the ‘Niners, 26-21. Ken Anderson retired from the league two years later which led to a number of years of sub-par team, but the Cincinnati faithful once again had reason to cheer as Sam Wyche took over the team in 1984 and upon the arrival of southpaw QB Boomer Esiason the Bengals found themselves back to the Super Bowl following the 1988 season, with a chance to avenge their previous loss, once again against the San Francisco 49′ers.

In one of the better-played Super Bowl games to date, the Bengals broke a 13-13 tie late in the fourth quarter with a 40 yard Jim Breech field goal with a little over three minutes remaining as Bengal fans found themselves moments away from celebrating the franchises first world championship. This was not be, however, as Joe Montana calmly led them down the field, hitting John Taylor with a 10 yard touchdown pass with only thirty-four seconds left on the clock for a 20-16 victory. The loss turned out to be one of the last bright spots for the Bengals as they have only one winning season and playoff appearance over the next 16 seasons.

During this period, the Cincinnati Bengals became synonymous with futility and poor front-office decisions. With the passing of team patriarch Paul Brown, his son Mike took over the reigns but was simply did not possess the football mind of his legendary. Over a decade of poor draft choices and miserly management had fan frustration at epic proportions which nearly cost the city its franchise, but things began to turn around with the hiring of Marvin Lewis, who had built a solid and winningreputation in helping the Baltimore Ravens produce a terrifying defense and Super Bowl title.

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Taking over a 2-14 team in 2004, Lewis brought a new swagger to the team and a respectable 8-8 record in his first season. With former Heisman Trophy QB Carson Palmer guiding the offense, the Bengals were once again and won their division the following season and had the assembled talent to once again compete for the Super Bowl. Hopes were dashed early on in the playoffs however, as Palmer was hurt in the first quarter against their long-time nemesis Pittsburgh Steelers, who parlayed a 31-17 that day to yet another Super Bowl title.

Following a sting of up and down seasons, the cities liaison with Palmer ended and a new love affair merged with the drafting of TCU signal-called Andy Dalton in 2011. In each of his first three season, Dalton has led the Bengals to the playoffs, combining with University of Georgia great AJ Green to present one of the most feared combinations in the league. A solid defense and the solid leadership of Lewis have Cincinnati fans once again dreaming of Super Bowl glory.

As one analyzes the franchise, there is no doubt the Bengals have some impressive moments of glory to look back upon. In terms of the present, one would be hard-pressed not to rate them as among the top 10 teams in the league. That said, the disastrous decade of the 90′s and a previous lack of consistency force us to place the Cincinnati Bengals at #30 in our list of all-time NFL teams.
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By Paul M Winters
Editor in Chief, Dignitas News Service


07-07-2014, 09:49 AM
Dignitas News Service All-Time NFL Team Rankings

JULY 3, 2014 / 2 COMMENTS (http://www.dignitasnews.com/dignitas-news-service-time-nfl-team-rankings/#comments) / 58 VIEWS

Which NFL team would lead the pack in an all-time ranking of the current 32 franchises? Who is worst? Does a Super Bowl championship trump a better overallwinning percentage? Over the course of the next month, Dignitas News Service will seek to answer some of these questions with an ongoing series of articles in which we will look at each of the current NFL franchises, where they rank against the others, as well as a look at their highlights (and low-lights) as well as the players deserving recognition as a part of each franchises “all-time” bests.

As we embark on this journey of NFL history, it is important to first note the all-time regular season wins and losses (as well as ties) of each franchise, as a basing for our rankings. It should be noted that this is not a final determining factor, but certainly a contributing one. Equally, if not more important will be a teams performance in the post-season, including playoffs. We will also look at abstract factors, such as a team’s historical significance, their impact on the league culture, personalities that helped shape the image of both the team and NFL and other intangibles. Obviously Super Bowls and Championships will have a huge impact on a team’s ranking, although it should not be a foregone conclusion a title will trump all else. That said, its safe to say you wont be seeing the San Francisco 49′ers or Pittsburgh Steelers near the bottom of the list. A link to the individual team article will be included in the rankings below:

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32-Houston Texans (http://www.dignitasnews.com/time-nfl-team-rankings-32-houston-texans/)
31-Atlanta Falcons (http://www.dignitasnews.com/atlanta-falcons-time-nfl-team-rankings-31/)
30-Cincinnati Bengals (http://www.dignitasnews.com/cincinnati-bengals-time-nfl-team-rankings-30/)

Each day we will feature a new team in reverse rankings order, ultimately leading to Dignitas News Service’s crowing of the greatest all-time NFL team.