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CINCINNATI BENGALS HISTORY: 1968
1968 FINAL RESULTS

Record: 3-11-0 (5th in AFL West); 2-5 at home, 1-6 on road
Head Coach: Paul Brown

DateOpponentW-LScoreAtt.Stadium
September 6at San DiegoL13-2933,687San Diego
September 15DenverW24-1025,049Nippert
September 22BuffaloW34-2324,045Nippert
September 29San DiegoL10-3128,642Nippert
October 6at DenverL7-1041,257Bears
October 13at Kansas CityL3-1347,096Municipal
October 20MiamiL22-2425,942Nippert
October 27at OaklandL10-3137,083Oakland Coliseum
November 3HoustonL17-2724,012Nippert
November 10Kansas CityL9-1625,537Nippert
November 17at MiamiW38-2131,747Orange Bowl
November 24OaklandL0-3427,116Nippert
December 1at BostonL14-3317,796Fenway Park
December 8at N.Y. JetsL14-2761,111Shea
Bengals 1965-68 Summary

Paul Brown, who left the Cleveland Browns following the 1962 season with an NFL record of 115-49-6, seven conference titles, and three NFL championships, had the urge to get back into football. His son Mike did a study on pro football expansion and recommended Cincinnati as a potential site. In 1965, Brown met with Ohio Governor James Rhodes and the two agreed the state could accommodate a second pro football team.

1966 - Fearful the Reds baseball team would leave town and feeling pressure from local businessmen pushing for a pro football franchise, Cincinnati's city council approved the construction of Riverfront Stadium.

1967 - Brown's group was awarded an AFL expansion franchise. Brown called the team the Bengals, the name of Cincinnati's pro teams in the old AFL of the late 1930s. The Bengals acquired their first player late in the year when they traded two draft picks to Miami for QB John Stofa.

1968 - The Bengals were awarded 40 veteran players in the allocation draft. In the college draft, they selected Tennessee center Bob Johnson as their first pick. The Bengals lost their first preseason game, 38-14, to Kansas City before 21,682 fans at Nippert Stadium. The Bengals upset Denver, 24-10, and Buffalo, 34-23, in their first two regular-season home games. Paul Robinson led the AFL in rushing with 1023 yards and was named Rookie of the Year.

1968: A CLOSER LOOK
1968 Final Statistics
PRO BOWL PLAYERS
C Bob Johnson
RB Paul Robinson
TE Bob Trumpy
    1968 SEASON LEADERS
    Passing: John Stofa (177 Att, 85 Comp, 896 Yds, 48.0 Pct, 5 TD, 5 Int, 60.8 Rating)
    Rushing: Paul Robinson (238 Att, 1023 Yds, 4.3 Avg, 87 Long, 8 TD)
    Receiving: Bob Trumpy (37 Rec, 639 Yds, 17.3 Avg, 80 Long, 3 TD)
    Scoring: Dale Livingston, 59 points (13 FG; 20 PAT)
    1967-68 NEWS AND NOTES

    Paul Brown, founder of the Cincinnati Bengals, was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1967.
    STADIUM
    • Nippert Stadium
    • Nippert
    1968 HELMET/UNIFORM

    1968 LOGO

    PRO BOWLER BOB JOHNSON