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The 1970 Cincinnati Bengals season was the team's 3rd year in professional football and its 1st with the National Football League.

The NFL-AFL merger took place before the season, and the Bengals made their first NFL campaign a memorable one. After winning their first ever game as a member of the NFL, which happened to be their inaugural game in the brand new Riverfront Stadiummarker, they would lose six games in a row. But they would win out the rest of the way, as they rallied to finish 8-6 and win the new AFC Central Division. In their first playoff game, they lost, 17-0, to eventual Super Bowl-champion Baltimore. QB Greg Cook was forced to the Injured Reserve list in training camp with a shoulder injury that would end his career, and Virgil Carter took over as the starter.

The Bengals record for most points in a game by the special teams is 31 in a 43-14 victory at Buffalo on Nov. 8, 1970. CB Lemar Parrish scored two special teams touchdowns, one on a 95-yard kickoff return and another on an 83-yard return of a blocked field goal attempt. Parrish is the only Bengals player ever to score two touchdowns in a game on returns and/or recoveries - and he did it three times. K Horst Muhlmann added 15 points on five field goals, and four PATs by Muhlmann completed the special teams onslaught. The offense scored only one TD, a one-yard run by RB Jess Phillips. The defense scored a TD on an eight-yard fumble return by DE Royce Berry.

Offseason

NFL Draft

1970 Cincinnati Bengals Draft
Round Pick # Overall Name Position College
1 7 7 Mike Reid Defensive Tackle Penn Statemarker
2 6 32 Ron Carpenter Defensive Tackle North Carolina Statemarker
3 8 60 Chip Bennett Linebacker Abilene Christianmarker
4 7 85 Joe Stevens Guard Jackson State
4 26 104 Billie Hayes Defensive Back San Diego State
6 8 138 Sandy Durko Defensive Back USCmarker
7 7 163 Lemar Parrish Defensive Back Lincoln marker
8 6 188 Bill Trout Defensive Tackle Miami (FL)
9 8 216 Bill Bolden Running Back UCLA
10 7 241 Nick Roman Linebacker Ohio State
11 6 266 Samuel Wallace Offensive Tackle Grambling
12 8 294 Thomas Truesdell Defensive End Ohio Wesleyanmarker
13 7 319 Paul Dunn Wide Receiver US International
14 3 344 Joe Johnson Wide Receiver Johnson C.marker Smithmarker
15 8 372 Marvin Weeks Defensive Back Alcorn State
16 7 397 Larry Ely Linebacker Iowamarker
17 6 422 Richard Smith Running Back Washington State


Regular Season

Season Standings

Qualified for playoffs
AFC Central
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Cincinnati Bengals 8 6 0 .571 312 255
Cleveland Browns 7 7 0 .500 286 265
Pittsburgh Steelers 5 9 0 .357 210 272
Houston Oilers 3 10 1 .231 217 352


Season Schedule

1970 Cincinnati Bengals Schedule
Date Opponet # Result Score Attn. Stadium
September 20 Oakland W 31-21 56,616 Riverfront
September 27 at Detroit L 3-38 58,202 Tiger
October 4 Houston L 13-20 55,094 Riverfront
October 11 at Cleveland L 27-30 83,520 Cleveland
October 18 Kansas City L 19-27 57,265 Riverfront
October 25 at Washington L 0-20 50,415 RFK
November 2 at Pittsburgh L 10-21 38,968 Three Rivers
November 8 at Buffalo W 43-14 43,587 War Memorial
November 15 Cleveland W 14-10 60,007 Riverfront
November 22 Pittsburgh W 34-7 59,276 Riverfront
November 29 New Orleans W 26-6 59,342 Riverfront
December 6 at San Diego W 17-14 41,461 San Diego
December 13 at Houston W 30-20 34,435 Astrodome
December 20 Boston W 45-7 60,157 Riverfront


Team Stats

1970 Cincinnati Bengals Team Stats
TEAM STATS Bengals Opponents
TOTAL FIRST DOWNS 210 236
Rushing 100 87
Passing 97 131
Penalty 13 18
TOTAL NET YARDS 3927 4178
Avg Per Game 280.5 298.4
Total Plays 831 874
Avg. Per Play 4.7 4.8
NET YARDS RUSHING 2057 1543
Avg. Per Game 146.9 110.2
Total Rushes 461 418
NET YARDS PASSING 1870 2635
Avg. Per Game 133.6 188.2
Sacked Yards Lost 31-227 28-250
Gross Yards 2097 2885
Att. Completions 339-172 428-209
Completion Pct. 50.7 48.8
Intercepted 11 23
PUNTS-AVERAGE 79-46.2 80-43.8
PENALTIES-YARDS 71-831 81-784
FUMBLES-BALL LOST 22-12 28-16
TOUCHDOWNS 34 31
Rushing 16 11
Passing 12 18
Returns 6 2


Score by Periods 1 2 3 4 Tot
Bengals 56 111 85 60 312
Opponents 49 82 52 72 255


Team Leaders

  • Passing: Virgil Carter (278 Att, 143 Comp, 1647 Yds, 51.4 Pct, 9 TD, 9 Int, 66.9 Rating)
  • Rushing: Jess Phillips (163 Att, 648 Yds, 4.0 Avg, 76 Long, 4 TD)
  • Receiving: Chip Myers (32 Rec, 542 Yds, 16.9 Avg, 56 Long, 1 TD)
  • Scoring: Horst Muhlmann, 108 points (25 FG; 33 PAT)

Roster

Quarterbacks Running Backs

Wide Receivers Tight Ends
Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen
Linebackers

Defensive Backs Special Teams


Postseason

1970 AFC Divisional Playoffs
Date Opponent W-L Score ATT. Stadium
December 26 Baltimore L 0-17 51,127 Memorial


Awards and records

Pro Bowl Selections



References

  1. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 296



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