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CINCINNATI BENGALS HISTORY: 2003
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2003 FINAL RESULTS

Record: 8-8-0 (2nd in AFC North); 5-3 at home, 3-5 on road

Head Coach: Marvin Lewis

DateOpponentW-LScoreAtt.Stadium
September 7DenverL10-3063,820Paul Brown
September 14at OaklandL20-2350,135Network Associates Coliseum
September 21PittsburghL10-1764,596Paul Brown
September 28at ClevelandW21-1473,428Cleveland Browns
October 5at BuffaloL16-22 (OT)72,615Ralph Wilson
October 19BaltimoreW34-2653,553Paul Brown
October 26SeattleW27-2452,131Paul Brown
November 2at ArizonaL14-1723,531Sun Devil
November 9HoustonW34-2750,437Paul Brown
November 16Kansas CityW24-1964,923Paul Brown
November 23at San DiegoW34-2752,069Qualcomm
November 30at PittsburghW24-2058,797Heinz Field
December 7at BaltimoreL13-3169,468M&T Bank
December 14San FranciscoW41-3864,666Paul Brown
December 21at St. LouisL10-2766,061Edward Jones Dome
December 28ClevelandL14-2265,362Paul Brown
Bengals 2003 Summary

The Bengals launched a new era on Jan. 14, when Marvin Lewis was hired as the ninth head coach in franchise history. The results wound up being nationally noted, as the club drew a record regular-season attendance of 479,488 to watch Lewis's first team finish 8-8, six games better than the 2-14 Bengals of 2002. Architect of the Baltimore Ravens' record-setting Super Bowl defense in 2000, Lewis received a broad mandate from ownership to implement his program. Though the Bengals missed the playoffs — eliminated on the final weekend of the season — their six-game improvement was the biggest of any NFL team from '02 to '03. It was also the second-biggest one-year improvement in Bengals history. Lewis finished second to Bill Belichick, coach of the NFL champion New England Patriots, in Associated Press voting for NFL Coach of the Year. The season included the four largest pro sports crowds in Cincinnati history, topped by 65,362 on Dec. 28 vs. Cleveland, and the highlight game was a 24-19 win on Nov. 16 over an unbeaten (9-0) Kansas City team. WR Chad Johnson led the AFC with 1355 receiving yards, and T Willie Anderson joined Johnson in the Pro Bowl.

2003: A CLOSER LOOK
PRO BOWL PLAYERS
  • T Willie Anderson
  • WR Chad Johnson
2003 SEASON LEADERS
  • Passing: Jon Kitna (520 Att, 324 Comp, 3591 Yds, 62.3 Pct, 26 TD, 15 Int, 87.4 Rating)
  • Rushing: Rudi Johnson (215 Att, 957 Yds, 4.5 Avg, 54 Long, 9 TD)
  • Receiving: Chad Johnson (90 Rec, 1355 Yds, 15.1 Avg, 82 Long, 10 TD)
  • Scoring: Shayne Graham, 106 points (22 FG; 40 PAT)
2003 NEWS AND NOTES
  • Prior to the season, the Bengals had the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft for the third time in team history, and chose Southern California QB Carson Palmer. Palmer did not play as a rookie, as veteran Jon Kitna was the only NFL QB to play every offensive snap for his team.
STADIUM
  • Paul Brown Stadium
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2003 Helmet/Uniform

2003 Helmet/Uniform

2003 Logo

2003 Logo

T Willie anderson

T Willie anderson