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CINCINNATI BENGALS HISTORY: 1996
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1996 FINAL RESULTS

Record: 8-8-0 (3rd in AFC Central); 6-2 at home, 2-6 on road

Head Coaches: Dave Shula (1-6), Bruce Coslet (7-2)

DateOpponentW-LScoreAtt.Stadium
September 1at St. LouisL16-2662,659Trans World Dome
September 8at San DiegoL14-2755,880San Diego Jack Murphy
September 15New OrleansW30-1545,412Cinergy Field
September 29DenverL10-1451,798Cinergy Field
October 6HoustonL27-30 (OT)44,680Cinergy Field
October 13at PittsburghL10-2058,875Three Rivers
October 20at San FranciscoL21-2863,2183Com Park
October 27JacksonvilleW28-2145,890Cinergy Field
November 3at BaltimoreW24-2160,743Memorial
November 10PittsburghW34-2457,265Cinergy Field
November 17at BuffaloL17-3175,549Rich
November 24AtlantaW41-3144,868Cinergy Field
December 1at JacksonvilleL27-3057,408Jacksonville Municipal
December 8BaltimoreW21-1443,022Cinergy Field
December 15at HoustonW21-1315,131Astrodome
December 22IndianapolisW31-2449,389Cinergy Field
Bengals 1996 Summary

On March 19, Hamilton County voters approved a half-cent sales tax increase to fund two new stadiums, taking a major step to ensure the Bengals' future in Cincinnati. The team lost six of its first seven games, but Cincinnati's fortunes took a U-turn after offensive coordinator Bruce Coslet was promoted to head coach Oct. 21, replacing Dave Shula. Coslet directed the team to a 7-2 finish, including a 5-0 mark at Cinergy Field, and the final 8-8 record was Cincinnati's first .500-or-better season since 1990. The defense set a team record with 34 interceptions, and CB Ashley Ambrose was named a Pro Bowl starter along with WR Carl Pickens, who caught 100 passes to break his own team reception record.

1996: A CLOSER LOOK
PRO BOWL PLAYERS
  • CB Ashley Ambrose
  • WR Carl Pickens
1996 SEASON LEADERS
  • Passing: Jeff Blake (549 Att, 308 Comp, 3624 Yds, 56.1 Pct, 24 TD, 14 Int, 80.3 Rating)
  • Rushing: Garrison Hearst (225 Att, 847 Yds, 3.8 Avg, 24 Long, 0 TD)
  • Receiving: Carl Pickens (100 Rec, 1180 Yds, 11.8 Avg, 61 Long, 12 TD)
  • Scoring: Doug Pelfrey, 110 points (23 FG; 41 PAT)
1996 NEWS AND NOTES
  • In his only season with the Bengals, running back Garrison Hearst rushed for a team-high 847 yards.
STADIUM
  • Cinergy Field
  • Riverfront_stadium
1996 Helmet/uniform

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1996 Logo

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WR Darnay Scott

WR Darnay Scott