Cincinnati Bengals Tickets
Founded as a member of the American Football League (AFL) in 1966, the Cincinnati Bengals play in the NFL’s American Football Conference (AFC) North Division. As early as 1963, Paul Brown who had previously co founded and coached the Cleveland Browns, had thought of establishing an NFL franchise at Columbus or Cincinnati. The city of Cincinnati was chosen after a multipurpose stadium was agreed upon. The Bengals are a prolific franchise that, over the past 40 years, has won a number of Conference and Divisional Championships. With numerous playoff appearances under their belt as well, the Bengals is one of 13 teams in the NFL who has never won the Super Bowl. If you’re fan of the No-huddle offense, Zone blitz and the West Coast offense, then you’d love to see the Bengals in action. Get a hold of Cincinnati Bengals tickets before they sell out.
The Early Days
The Cincinnati Bengals are a result of a power struggle between Art Modell and Paul Brown. After being terminated as the head coach of the team, he helped put together the Cleveland Browns; Brown founded the Bengals. By becoming the tenth and final member of the AFL, the Bengals played their first season in 1968 AFL Western Division. The first season for the Bengals wasn’t as successful as they’d hoped. With 3 wins and 11 losses, the Bengals finished 5th in the Western AFL Division. The only ray of hope out of Bengal’s first dismal season was Paul Robinson. An Arizona native, Robinson gained 1023 yards with eight touchdowns in his first season. He became the only running back to gain over a thousand yards in a season. For his performance, he was named Sporting News AFL Rookie of the Year. The 1969 season was no different for the Bengals as again they finished 5th in the AFL Western Division with 4 wins, 9 losses and 1 tie, a slightly better record than previous year’s. The second season named Paul Brown Coach of the Year with a Rookie of the Year for the Bengals Greg Cook.
The Bengals Join the NFL
The year 1970 brought two changes for the Cincinnati Bengals. One, the merger between the American Football League and the more established National Football League (NFL) took place. Second, the Bengals broke through and made the playoffs for the first time. The team was able to record 8 wins and 6 losses in the 1970 season which put them at the top of the AFC Central Division. Paul Brown was named Coach of the Year again. However, the victories were short lived as the Bengals lost to the Baltimore Colts in the Divisional Playoffs 0-17.
Since joining the NFL, the Bengals have reached the playoffs on 14 occasions. Even though they’ve never won the Super Bowl, the Bengals came close in 1981 and 1988. In 1981, the Bengals won the Divisional Round and the Conference Championship but lost to the San Francisco 49ers 26-21. It was eerily similar in 1988 when the Bengals again lost to the 49ers 20-16. Two years after their last Super Bowl loss, the Bengals made it into the playoffs as a wild card, however they lost their Divisional round to the Los Angeles Raiders. Since 1990, the Bengals have both not made it to the playoffs or lost their place in the wild card round. The last time the Cincinnati Bengals won a playoff game was in January 1991.
Bengals Hall of Famers
The Cincinnati Bengal’s list of Hall of Famers includes Paul Brown, No 18. Charlie Joiner (WR) and No 78. Anthony Munoz. Brown being the founder, coach and owner of the franchise made immense contributions. Under Brown’s guidance, assistant coach Bill Walsh formulated the West Coast Offense. Virgil Carter, the Quarterback for the Bengals from 1970-72 was the first one to implement the strategy. This successful strategy was also implemented by Ken Anderson. Charlie Joiner played for the Bengals from 1972 to 1975. By the end of his career, Joiner had the most career receptions, receiving yards and games played by any wide receiver in the history of NFL. During his time with the Bengals, Joiner helped the team make it into the playoffs twice. Offensive Lineman Anthony Munoz is considered to be the greatest by many experts in NFL’s history. He played for the Bengals from 1980 to 1992. An eleven time Pro Bowl and three time Offensive Lineman of the Year, Munoz took the Bengals to two Super Bowls. Even though the team lost, these were two of the best performances by the Bengals in a season. Some other notable mentions for the Bengals here would be Ken Anderson, Boomer Esiason, A.J. Green and Chad Ochocinco.
The Bengal Habitat
Over the past few years, the Bengals have not been able to make it to the playoffs. From 2011 to 2015, the Cincinnati Bengals secured Wild Card spots, however they were unable to get past the first round. Even though the Bengals have not been as successful as they would’ve liked, still the Bengals fans are hopeful. The Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio, is a great place to be when the Bengals are playing.
Called the ‘Jungle’ by Bengal fans, the Paul Brown Stadium has a seating capacity of more than sixty five thousand. The reason behind the stadium being called the ‘Jungle’ is a reference to the Bengal Tiger’s natural environment. And it should not come as any surprise that the team’s official mascot is ‘Who Dey’ a Bengal tiger that is usually found cheering the crowds behind the goal posts.
The Cincinnati Bengals, as a franchise, has a rich history. Like any other team in the NFL, it has had its ups and downs. Nevertheless throughout the team’s existence, the Bengals fans have always stood by their team and players. This is why if you’re looking to see the Bengals in action, you must book Cincinnati Bengals tickets in advance.