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The 2009 Cincinnati Bengals season is the 40th season for the team in the National Football League and their 42nd overall. Having started the season at 8-3, and sweeping the entire AFC North division, they have improved on their 2008 record of 4-11-1 and are looking to make the playoffs for the first time since 2005.

Off-season

Free Agents

The following players who were on the Bengals' 2008 roster are eligible for free agency in 2009 or have been released by the team. A green background indicates that the player re-signed with the Bengals.

Pos. Player Tag 2009 Team Signed
T Stacy Andrews UFA Eagles February 28
RB Cedric Benson UFA Bengals March 3
LB Darryl Blackstock UFA Bengals March 2
G James Blair UFA
CB Marcus Brown UFA Rams March 16
SS John Busing UFA
FB Daniel Coats UFA Bengals February 12
FS Chris Crocker UFA Bengals Febbruary 27
DE Victor DeGrate UFA
RB DeDe Dorsey UFA Bengals February 27
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick UFA Bills February 27
CB Jamar Fletcher UFA
SS Kyries Hebert UFA
WR Glenn Holt UFA Vikings March 19
WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh UFA Seahawks March 2
C Eric Ghiaciuc UFA
K Shayne Graham FFA
SS Dexter Jackson UFA
LB Rashad Jeanty RFA Bengals
LB Brandon Johnson RFA Bengals
SS Ethan Kilmer UFA Dolphins January 19
G Evan Mathis UFA
LB Corey Mays UFA Chiefs March 13
RB Chris Perry RFA
DT John Thornton UFA
DE Jimmy Verdon RFA
CB Brandon Williams UFA
RB Quincy Wilson UFA


Signings

Pos. Player 2008 Team Signed Contract
RB Cedric Benson Bengals March 3 2 years, $7M
LB Darryl Blackstock Bengals March 2 undisclosed
FB Daniel Coats Bengals February 12 undisclosed
WR Laveranues Coles Jets March 10 4 years, $27.5M
FS Chris Crocker Bengals February 27 4 years, $10M
RB DeDe Dorsey Bengals February 27 undisclosed
QB J.T. O'Sullivan 49ers March 5 2 years
P Ryan Plackemeier Redskins February 13 Waiver claim


2009 NFL Draft

Round Pick Player Position College
1 6 Andre Smith Offensive Tackle Alabama
2 6 Rey Maualuga Linebacker USC
3 70 Michael Johnson Defensive end Georgia Tech
3 98 Chase Coffman Tight end Missouri
4 106 Jonathan Luigs Center Arkansas
5 142 Kevin Huber Punter Cincinnati
6 179 Morgan Trent Cornerback Michigan
6 209 Bernard Scott Running back Abilene Christianmarker
7 215 Fui Vakapuna Running back BYU
7 249 Clinton McDonald Defensive end Memphis
7 252 Freddie Brown Wide receiver Utah


Schedule

Preseason

Week Date Kickoff (ET) Opponent Results Game Site TV NFL.com Recap
Final score Team record
1 August 14 8:00 PM at New Orleans Saints L 17-7 0-1 Louisiana Superdomemarker Fox NFL.com Recap
2 August 20 7:30 PM at New England Patriots W 7-6 1-1 Gillette Stadiummarker WBZmarker NFL.com Recap
3 August 27 7:30 PM St. Louis Rams L 24-21 1-2 Paul Brown Stadiummarker NFL.com Recap
4 September 3 7:30 PM Indianapolis Colts W 38-7 2-2 Paul Brown Stadium


Regular season

Week Date Kickoff (ET) Opponent Results Site TV NFL Recap
Final score Team record
1 September 13 1:00 pm Denver Broncos L 7-12 0-1 Paul Brown Stadiummarker CBS
2 September 20 1:00 pm at Green Bay Packers W 31-24 1-1 Lambeau Fieldmarker CBS
3 September 27 4:15 pm Pittsburgh Steelers W 23-20 2-1 Paul Brown Stadium CBS
4 October 4 1:00 pm at Cleveland Browns W 23-20 (OT) 3-1 Cleveland Browns Stadiummarker CBS
5 October 11 1:00 pm at Baltimore Ravens W 17-14 4-1 M&T Bank Stadiummarker CBS
6 October 18 1:00 pm Houston Texans L 17-28 4-2 Paul Brown Stadium CBS
7 October 25 4:15 pm Chicago Bears W 45-10 5-2 Paul Brown Stadium Fox
8 Bye
9 November 8 1:00 pm Baltimore Ravens W 17-7 6-2 Paul Brown Stadium CBS
10 November 15 1:00 pm at Pittsburgh Steelers W 18-12 7-2 Heinz Fieldmarker CBS
11 November 22 4:15 pm at Oakland Raiders L 17-20 7-3 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseummarker CBS
12 November 29 1:00 pm Cleveland Browns W 16-7 8-3 Paul Brown Stadium CBS
13 December 6 1:00 pm Detroit Lions Paul Brown Stadium Fox
14 December 13 1:00 pm at Minnesota Vikings Mall of America Fieldmarker CBS
15 December 20 *4:05 pm at San Diego Chargers Qualcomm Stadiummarker CBS
16 December 27 *1:00 pm Kansas City Chiefs Paul Brown Stadiummarker CBS
17 January 3 *1:00 pm at New York Jets Giants Stadiummarker CBS
An asterisk indicates a game whose time is subject to change as a result of flexible scheduling.


Standings

Regular season results

Week 1: vs. Denver Broncos

at Paul Brown Stadiummarker, Cincinnati, Ohiomarker

The Bengals began their season in a Week 1 duel with the Denver Broncos. Both teams' defense held each other in check, while Broncos kicker Matt Prater got a 48-yard field goal in the second quarter and a 50-yard field goal in the third. WR Brandon Stokley grabbed a deflected pass and raced into the end zone for an improbable 87-yard touchdown reception in the final seconds. This came after the Bengals scored a go-ahead touchdown on RB Cedric Benson's 1-yard plunge with 38 seconds remaining. QB Carson Palmer had one last effort on the final play of the game, but his desperation pass was intercepted.With the loss, Cincinnati started the season at 0-1.

Week 2: at Green Bay Packers

at Lambeau Fieldmarker, Green Bay, Wisconsinmarker

Hoping to rebound from a tough last-second loss to the Broncos, the Bengals flew to Lambeau Fieldmarker for a Week 2 interconference duel with the Green Bay Packers. Cincinnati delivered the first score in the opening score as quarterback Carson Palmer completed a 5-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Laveranues Coles. The Packers would respond as quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed a 3-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Donald Driver, followed by running back Ryan Grant getting a 4-yard touchdown run. In the second quarter, the Bengals tied the game as Palmer got a 1-yard touchdown run. Green Bay would reply with cornerback Charles Woodson returning an interception 37 yards for a touchdown. Cincinnati would end the half as Palmer completed a 5-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Chris Henry.

The Bengals would take the lead in the third quarter as Palmer completed a 13-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Chad Ochocinco. In the fourth quarter, Cincinnati pulled away as kicker Shayne Graham nailed a 40-yard field goal. Afterwards, the Packers delivered their only response as kicker Mason Crosby got a 45-yard field goal.

With the win, the Bengals improved to 1-1.

Week 3: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

at Paul Brown Stadiummarker, Cincinnati, Ohiomarker

Coming off the win the previous week in Green Bay, the Bengals faced the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers back home in Cincinnati. The game was scoreless until halfway into the opening quarter, when Steelers kicker Jeff Reed kicked a 19 yard field goal to put the Steelers on the scoreboard 3-0. 6 minutes later, Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger threw a 27 yard touchdown pass to RB Willie Parker to increase Pittsburgh's lead to 10-0 at the end of the first quarter.

They would add to that lead 3 minutes into the second quarter with another field goal by Reed, this one from 24 yards. Not until the final seconds of the first half would the Bengals make a mark on the scoreboard, with a 34 yard field goal by Cincinnati K Shayne Graham. At halftime the score was 13-3.

In the second half, the Bengals took advantage of the Steelers mistakes, when Bengals CB Johnathan Joseph intercepted a Ben Roethlisberger pass, returning it 30 yards for a TD. The PAT would not be successful because of a bad snap by Bengals LS Brad St. Louis. The Bengals had cut down the Steeler lead to 4 points, 13-9. At the 3 minute mark in the third quarter the Steelers would extend the lead on a quarterback sneak by Roethlisberger to put Pittsburgh ahead by 11 points, 20-9.

In the fourth quarter, with 9 minutes left in the game, Bengals RB Cedric Benson ran 23 yards for a Bengals touchdown, cutting the deficit to 5 points, 20-15. In the final two minutes of the game, Bengals QB Carson Palmer drove his team down the field converting both fourth down opportunities, one being a 4th and 10 completion to RB Brian Leonard for 11 yards. With 18 seconds left in the game, on the Steeler 4, Carson Palmer threw a touchdown pass to WR Andre Caldwell, putting the Bengals in the lead for good, with a successful two-point conversion by Leonard.

With the win, not only did the Bengals improve to 2-1, but they acquired their first home victory against the Steelers since 2001.

Week 4: at Cleveland Browns

at Cleveland Browns Stadiummarker, Cleveland, Ohiomarker

Emerging from their divisional home win over the Steelers, the Bengals flew to Cleveland Browns Stadiummarker for a Week 4 AFC North duel with the Cleveland Browns in Round 1 of 2009's Battle of Ohio. Cincinnati would start out fast in the first quarter with quarterback Carson Palmer's 5-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Chad Ochocinco. In the second quarter, the Bengals would add to their lead with defensive end Robert Geathers returning a fumble 75 yards for a touchdown. The Browns would then close out the half with quarterback Derek Anderson's 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end Steve Heiden.

Cleveland would tie the game in the third quarter with Anderson's 1-yard touchdown run. In the fourth quarter, the Browns would take the lead with kicker Billy Cundiff's 26-yard and 31-yard field goals. Afterwards, Cincinnati would tie the game with Palmer and Ochocinco hooking up with each other again on a 2-yard touchdown pass (yet the following PAT was blocked). In a back-and-forth overtime, both Ohio teams fought each for possession. In the end, the Bengals would emerge on top as kicker Shayne Graham kicked the game-winning 31-yard field goal which appeared to be wide right.

With the win, Cincinnati improved to 3-1, and, with the Baltimore Ravens loss later that day, tied the Ravens for first place in the division.

Following this victory, the Bengals earned the nickname the "Cardiac Cats" for pulling through in the clutch and coming from behind in three straight games for a victory.

Week 5: at Baltimore Ravens

at M&T Bank Stadiummarker, Baltimore, Marylandmarker

Coming off their overtime win over the Browns, the Bengals looked to win for Defensive Coordinator Mike Zimmer who had lost his wife during the week as they flew to M&T Bank Stadiummarker for a Week 5 AFC North duel with the Baltimore Ravens. The winner of this game would take the lead in the division after five weeks.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Bengals would trail in the second quarter with Ravens safety Ed Reed returning an interception 52 yards for a touchdown. Cincinnati would begin to build steam as kicker Shayne Graham nailed a 32-yard field goal. The Bengals would take the lead in the third quarter with a 28-yard touchdown run from running back Cedric Benson. Baltimore then came back in the fourth quarter when Ray Rice caught a screen pass and ran it 48 yards for the go-ahead touchdown, but with 27 seconds left, Cincinnati would complete their comeback with a 20-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Carson Palmer to wide receiver Andre Caldwell, which lead to Gus Johnson's line, "The Cardiac Cats strike again."

With the win, not only did the Bengals take the division lead at 4-1, but Benson (27 carries, 120 yards, 1 TD) would snap the Ravens defense's 40-game streak of not allowing a 100-yard rusher.

Week 6: vs. Houston Texans

at Paul Brown Stadiummarker, Cincinnati, Ohiomarker

Coming off their thrilling road win over the Ravens, the Bengals went home for a Week 6 duel with the Houston Texans. Cincinnati would trail in the first quarter as Texans quarterback Matt Schaub hooked up with tight end Owen Daniels on a 12-yard touchdown pass. The Bengals would get on the board in the second quarter with running back Cedric Benson's 10-yard touchdown run. Houston would retake the lead with Schaub's 38-yard touchdown pass to running back Steve Slaton, yet Cincinnati would get the halftime lead with quarterback Carson Palmer's 8-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Laveranues Coles and kicker Shayne Graham's 50-yard field goal.

However, the Texans struck back in the third quarter as Schaub completed a 23-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jacoby Jones, followed by a 7-yard touchdown pass to Daniels. Try as they might, the offense couldn't produce another miraculous win as Houston's defense held on for the win.

With the loss, the Bengals fell to 4-2.

Week 7: vs. Chicago Bears

at Paul Brown Stadiummarker, Cincinnati, Ohiomarker

Hoping to rebound from their loss to the Texans, the Bengals stayed at home for a Week 7 interconference duel with the Chicago Bears. In the first quarter, Cincinnati got off to a fast start as quarterback Carson Palmer completed a 9-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Chris Henry and an 8-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Chad Ochocinco. The Bengals would continue their dominating day in the second quarter as Palmer found tight end J.P. Foschi on a 3-yard touchdown pass and wide receiver Laveranues Coles on an 8-yard touchdown pass, followed by kicker Shayne Graham booting a 29-yard field goal. The Bears would close out the half with a 22-yard field goal from kicker Robbie Gould.

Afterwards, Cincinnati would pull away Palmer finding Ochocinco again on a 13-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter, followed by former Chicago running back Cedric Benson's 1-yard touchdown run. The Bears would then end the game with quarterback Jay Cutler hooking up with wide receiver Devin Hester on a 5-yard touchdown pass.

With the win, the Bengals went into their bye week at 5-2.

Scoring summary
First Quarter


  • CIN TD: C. Ochocinco 8 yard TD pass from C. Palmer (S. Graham kick)
    • The drive consisted of 8 plays, went for 80 yards and took 4:09 off the clock.


Second Quarter
  • CIN TD: J.P. Foschi 3 yard TD pass from Carson Palmer (Shayne Graham kick)
    • The drive consisted of 7 plays, went for 63 yards and took 3:04 off the clock.


  • CIN TD: Laveranues Coles 8 yard TD pass from Carson Palmer (Shayne Graham kick)
    • The drive consisted of 12 plays, went for 66 yards and took 6:52 off the clock


  • CIN FG: Shayne Graham 29 yard Field Goal kick
    • The drive consisted of 4 plays, went for 6 yards and took :56 off the clock


  • CHI FG: Robbie Gould 22 yard Field Goal kick
    • The drive consisted of 9 plays, went for 70 yards and took 1:10 off the clock


Third Quarter
  • CIN TD: Chad Ochocinco 13 yard TD pass from Carson Palmer (Shayne Graham kick)
    • The drive consisted of 9 plays, went for 61 yards and took 4:30 off the clock


Fourth Quarter
  • CIN TD: Cedric Benson 1 yard TD run (Shayne Graham kick)
    • The drive consisted of 7 plays, went for 53 yards and took 3:08 off the clock


  • CHI TD: Devin Hester 5 yard TD pass from Jay Cutler (Robbie Gould kick)
    • The drive consisted of 8 plays, went for 60 yards and took 3:09 off the clock


Week 8: BYE

Week 9: vs. Baltimore Ravens

at Paul Brown Stadiummarker, Cincinnati, Ohiomarker

Coming off their bye week, the Bengals stayed at home for a Week 9 AFC North rematch with the Baltimore Ravens. Cincinnati would get off to a fast start in the first quarter as quarterback Carson Palmer hooked up with wide receiver Andre Caldwell on a 6-yard touchdown pass, while running back Cedric Benson got a 1-yard touchdown run. In the second quarter, the Bengals would add onto their lead as kicker Shayne Graham nailed a 23-yard field goal. After a scoreless third quarter, the Ravens tried to strike back in the fourth quarter with running back Ray Rice getting a 2-yard touchdown run, yet Cincinnati's defense held on for the vicotory.

With the sweep, the Bengals improved to 6-2.

Benson (34 carries, 117 yards, 1 TD) would join Jerome Bettis in 1997 as the only running backs to run for over 100 yards against the Ravens twice in the same season.

Week 10: at Pittsburgh Steelers

at Heinz Fieldmarker, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvaniamarker

Coming off their season-sweeping home win over the Ravens, the Bengals flew to Heinz Fieldmarker for a Week 10 AFC North rematch with the Pittsburgh Steelers with 1st place in the division on the line.

Cincinnati would trail in the first quarter as Steelers kicker Jeff Reed got a 28-yard field goal. The Bengals would immediately strike back as rookie running back Bernard Scott returned a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown. In the second quarter, Pittsburgh would retake the lead with Reed's 33-yard and 35-yard field goals.

Cincinnati would regain the lead in the third quarter with kicker Shayne Graham getting a 23-yard and a 32-yard field goal. In the fourth quarter, the Steelers would tie the game with Reed booting a 34-yard field goal. Afterwards, the Bengals would pull away wit Graham nailing a 32-yard and a 43-yard field goal.

With the win, not only did the Bengals improve to 7-2, but they acquired their first season-sweep over Pittsbugh since 1998.

Week 11: at Oakland Raiders

at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseummarker, Oakland, Californiamarker

Coming off their road win over the Steelers, the Bengals flew to Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum for a Week 11 duel with the Oakland Raiders. In the first quarter, the Bengals have the early lead as QB Carson Palmer scrambled 1 yard to the endzone for a touchdown. In the second quarter Palmer again made a 1-yard touchdown run. The Oakland would reply with QB Bruce Gradkowski making a 10-yard touchdown pass to TE Zach Miller, and kicker Sebastian Janikowski hitting a 52-yard field goal in the third quarter. To rap up the third quarter kicker Shayne Graham made a 25-yard field goal for the Bengals. In the fourth quarter Oakland rallied as Gradkowski hooked up with WR Louis Murphy on 29-yard touchdown pass to tie the game and eventually the Raiders pulled out the win as Sebastian Janikowski hit the game winning 33-yard field goal with 12 seconds left to give Cincinnati a loss.

With the loss, Cincinnati fell to 7-3.

Week 12: vs. Cleveland Browns

at Paul Brown Stadiummarker, Cincinnati, Ohiomarker

Hoping to rebound from their week 11 loss to Oakland, the Bengals stayed home for round two of the 2009 Battle of Ohio against the Cleveland Browns. The Bengals' first score came when S.Graham kicked a 37 yard field goal with 8:48 left in the first quarter, to make the score 3-0. With 6:38 left in the second quarter, J.Foschi caught a 4-yard touchdown pass from Carson Palmer to make the bengals lead 10-0. The score at halftime was 13-0, after S.Graham kicked a 53 yard field goal with 0:21 left in the 2nd quarter.

The Browns' first score of the game was a 9 yard touchdown run by Brady Quinn, to make the score 13-7. The Bengals got a field goal in the 3rd quarter to make the score 16-7. The final score of the game was Bengals 16, Browns 7.

With the win, not only did the Bengals improve to 8-3, but they became undefeated in their division for the first time in franchise history.

Week 13: vs. Detroit Lions

at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

Week 14: at Minnesota Vikings

at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Week 15: at San Diego Chargers

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California
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Week 16: vs. Kansas City Chiefs

at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
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Week 17: at New York Jets

at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
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References

  1. Eagles sign Andrews
  2. Bengals re-sign Benson
  3. Bengals re-sign Blackstock
  4. Rams sign Brown
  5. Bengals re-sign Coats
  6. Bengals re-sign Crocker
  7. Bengals re-sign Dorsey
  8. Bills sign Fitzpatrick
  9. Vikings sign Holt
  10. Seahawks sign Houshmandzadeh
  11. Dolphins sign Kilmer
  12. Chiefs sign Mays
  13. Bengals sign O'Sullivan
  14. Bengals claim Plackemeier off Waivers
  15. Compensatory selection
2009 Cincinnati Bengals Opponets


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