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CINCINNATI BENGALS HISTORY: 1988
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1988 FINAL RESULTS

Record: 12-4-0 (1st in AFC Central); 8-0 at home, 4-4 on road

Head Coach: Sam Wyche 

DateOpponentW-LScoreAtt.Stadium
September 4PhoenixW21-1450,404Riverfront
September 11at PhiladelphiaW28-2466,459Veterans
September 18at PittsburghW17-1256,647Three Rivers
September 25ClevelandW24-1754,943Riverfront
October 2at LA RaidersW45-2142,594Los Angeles Coliseum
October 9NY JetsW36-1957,482Riverfront
October 16at New EnglandL21-2759,969Foxboro
October 23HoustonW44-2154,659Riverfront
October 30at ClevelandL16-2379,147Cleveland
November 6PittsburghW42-756,403Riverfront
November 13at Kansas CityL28-3134,614Arrowhead
November 20at DallasW38-2437,865Texas
November 27BuffaloW35-2158,672Riverfront
December 4San DiegoW27-1056,866Riverfront
December 11at HoustonL6-4150,269Astrodome
December 17WashingtonW20-17 (OT)52,157Riverfront
AFC DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS
December 31SeattleW21-1358,560Riverfront
AFC CHAMPIONSHIP
January 8BuffaloW21-1059,747Riverfront
SUPER BOWL XXIII IN MIAMI, FLORIDA
January 22San FranciscoL16-2075,129Joe Robbie
Bengals 1988 Summary

The Bengals brought about one of the biggest turnarounds in NFL history by rising from their 4-11 finish of 1987 to a 12-4 regular-season record. They won the AFC Central Division title, and defeated Buffalo, 21-10, for the AFC Championship on Jan. 8 (1989). On Jan. 22 (1989), they appeared in their second Super Bowl and lost, 20-16, to San Francisco when the 49ers scored a touchdown with 34 seconds remaining in the game. Coach Sam Wyche's team posted a 14-5 mark in regular and postseason play, best in the NFL. Wyche received numerous honors for his brilliant coaching and nine Bengals were selected for the Pro Bowl — QB Boomer Esiason, NT Tim Krumrie, OT Anthony Muñoz, G Max Montoya, TE Rodney Holman, WR Eddie Brown, RB James Brooks, S David Fulcher and CB Eric Thomas. Esiason was voted the NFL's Most Valuable Player. In January of '88, LB Reggie Williams received the "Sportsman of the Year" award from Sports Illustrated. Rookie "Ickey" Woods led the Bengals in rushing with 1066 yards.

1988: A CLOSER LOOK
PRO BOWL PLAYERS
  • RB James Brooks
  • WR Eddie Brown
  • QB Boomer Esiason
  • S David Fulcher
  • TE Rodney Holman
  • NT Tim Krumrie
  • G Max Montoya
  • T Anthony Muñoz
  • CB Eric Thomas
1988 SEASON LEADERS
  • Passing: Boomer Esiason (388 Att, 223 Comp, 3572 Yds, 57.5 Pct, 28 TD, 14 Int, 97.4 Rating)
  • Rushing: Ickey Woods (203 Att, 1066 Yds, 5.3 Avg, 56 Long, 15 TD)
  • Receiving: Eddie Brown (53 Rec, 1273 Yds, 24.0 Avg, 86 Long, 9 TD)
  • Scoring: Ickey Woods, 90 points (15 TD rushing)
1988 NEWS AND NOTES
  • The most 100-yard rushing games in a Bengals season is seven, during the 12-4 season of 1988. Ickey Woods had five while James Brooks had two.
  • Ickey Woods set the franchise record for most rushing yards in a postseason game when he rumbled for 126 yards in Cincinnati's 21-13 victory over Seattle in the AFC Divisional Playoffs (Dec. 31).
STADIUM
  • Riverfront Stadium
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1988 Helmet/Uniform

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1988 Logo

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The "Ickey Shuffle"

THE ICKEY SHUFFLE