TBDH: Rookie Cobb’s two interceptions fuel shutout, but Magic number is one

Posted Dec 6, 2017

This Day in Bengals History - December 7, 1975

PHILADELPHA -The Bengals, who still have designs on an AFC Central title, win a 10th game for the second  time in three years to move to 10-2 with a 31-0 victory over the sad-sack Eagles. With two games to play the magic number is one with Baltimore to secure a Wild Card spot after they bury former Bengals draft pick Mike Boryla with three interceptions on his 18 passes before he’s benched in favor of Roman Gabriel. In the fourth round out of last year’s draft the Bengals take Boryla out of Stanford and then trade him to the Eagles for a sixth-rounder in ’75 and a first-rounder in ’76 that turns out to be Oklahoma wide receiver Billy Brooks.

But it is the current 11th-rounder that lights it up today when USC cornerback Marvin Cobb grabs two of Cincy’s  four interceptions a few weeks after his 52-yard pick-six of Ken Stabler is the difference in a 14-10 victory over the Raiders. After today’s game Cobb points to the Bengals receiving corps headed by Isaac Curtis, Charlie Joiner, and Chip Myers as a reason for his success. “There’s nothing they can do to me that I haven’t seen in a game,” Cobb says. “Isaac, Charlie, and Chip are the best I’ve ever faced. Working against them every day in practice can do nothing but help.”

While the Bengals tame one old friend they subdue another in Eagles Pro Bowl middle linebacker Bill Bergey. Bergey, one of the great players in Bengals history until he entertains an offer from the World Football League, incurs head coach Paul Brown’s wrath and is suddenly shipped to Philadelphia a year ago July for the Fort Knox haul of first-round picks in 1977 and 1978 and a second-rounder in 1978. Running against the Eagles’ offset defense that center Bob Johnson prefers to block against  because the angles are good and Bergey is visible, the Bengals pound out a season-high 258 yards as six players get at least 24 yards, ranging from Anderson’s one run for 24 yards to running back Boobie Clark ‘s 65 yards on 11 carries. “I never thought they’d score this many points on us,” says the classy Bergey, who takes time in a reeling Eagles locker room to praise Brown. He calls him “clever,” and says maybe wistfully on a 3-9 team, “A lot of people have labelled him senile. This is untrue. The more I’m away from him, the more I realize it. The more I’m amazed.”

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