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CINCINNATI BENGALS HISTORY: 1997
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1997 FINAL RESULTS

Record: 7-9-0 (4th in AFC Central); 6-2 at home, 1-7 on road

Head Coach: Bruce Coslet

DateOpponentW-LScoreAtt.Stadium
August 31ArizonaW24-2153,644Cinergy Field
September 7at BaltimoreL10-2352,968Memorial
September 21at DenverL20-3873,871Mile High
September 28NY JetsL14-3157,209Cinergy Field
October 5at JacksonvilleL13-2167,128ALLTEL
October 12at TennesseeL7-3017,071Liberty Bowl (Memphis)
October 19PittsburghL10-2660,020Cinergy Field
October 26at NY GiantsL27-2972,584Giants
November 2San DiegoW38-3153,754Cinergy Field
November 9at IndianapolisW28-1358,473RCA Dome
November 16at PittsburghL3-2055,226Three Rivers
November 23JacksonvilleW31-2655,158Cinergy Field
November 30at PhiladelphiaL42-4466,623Veterans
December 4TennesseeW41-1449,086Cinergy Field
December 14DallasW31-2460,043Cinergy Field
December 21BaltimoreW16-1450,917Cinergy Field
Bengals 1997 Summary

The Bengals and Hamilton County officials reached agreement on a western riverfront site for a new football stadium, and on May 29, team president Mike Brown signed a lease committing the team through 2026. The team and the county declined to sell naming rights, christening the facility Paul Brown Stadium in honor of the Bengals founder. The team held training camp in a new complex at Georgetown (Ky.) College, ending its 29- year arrangement at Wilmington (Ohio) College. On the field, the team suffered a 1-7 start but rallied to go 6-2 in the second half and finish 7-9. Rookie RB Corey Dillonrushed for 1129 yards, third-most in club history, and his 246-yard effort vs. Tennessee on Dec. 4 broke Jim Brown's 40-year-old NFL single-game rookie record. Boomer Esiason started the last five games at QB and posted a 106.9 passer rating for the season.

1997: A CLOSER LOOK
PRO BOWL PLAYERS
  • None
1997 SEASON LEADERS
  • Passing: Jeff Blake (317 Att, 184 Comp, 2125 Yds, 58.0 Pct, 8 TD, 7 Int, 77.6 Rating)
  • Rushing: Corey Dillon (233 Att, 1129 Yds, 4.8 Avg, 71 Long, 10 TD)
  • Receiving: Darnay Scott (54 Rec, 797 Yds, 14.8 Avg, 77 Long, 5 TD)
  • Scoring: Doug Pelfrey, 77 points (12 FG; 41 PAT)
1997 NEWS AND NOTES
  • In Games 12-15 of the 1997 season, the Bengals became the first Cincinnati team to score 30 or more points in four straight games. Cincinnati scored 31 vs. Jacksonville on Nov. 23, posted 42 at Philadelphia on Nov. 30, scored 41 vs. Tennessee on Dec. 4, and notched 31 vs. Dallas on Dec. 14.
STADIUM
  • Cinergy Field
  • Riverfront_stadium
1997 Helmet/uniform

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1997 Logo

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RB Corey dillon

RB Corey dillon