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CINCINNATI BENGALS HISTORY: 2005
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2005 FINAL RESULTS

Record: 11-5-0 (1st in AFC North); 5-3 at home, 6-2 on road

Head Coach: Marvin Lewis

DateOpponentW-LScoreAtt.Stadium
September 11at ClevelandW27-1373,013Cleveland Browns
September 18MinnesotaW37-865,763Paul Brown
September 25at ChicagoW24-762,045Soldier Field
October 2HoustonW16-1065,714Paul Brown
October 9at JacksonvilleL20-2366,137ALLTEL
October 16at TennesseeW31-2369,149The Coliseum
October 23PittsburghL13-2766,104Paul Brown
October 30Green BayW21-1465,940Paul Brown
November 6at BaltimoreW21-970,196M & T Bank
November 20IndianapolisL37-4565,995Paul Brown
November 27BaltimoreW42-2965,680Paul Brown
December 4at PittsburghW38-3163,044Heinz Field
December 11ClevelandW23-2065,788Paul Brown
December 18at DetroitW41-1761,749Ford Field
December 24BuffaloL27-3765,485Paul Brown
January 1at Kansas CityL3-3777,211Arrowhead
AFC WILD CARD PLAYOFFS
January 8PittsburghL17-3165,870Paul Brown
Bengals 2005 Summary

The Bengals returned to the postseason for the first since 1990 after finishing with an 11-5 record and winning the AFC North. The rival Pittsbugh Steelers also finished the season with an identical 11-5 mark but Cincinnati was awarded the division crown based on its better record against divisional opponents. The Bengals hosted the Steelers in the opening round of the playoffs and bad fortune struck early. On just Cincinnati's second offensive play, quarterback Carson Palmer suffered a season-ending knee injury. Although backup QB Jon Kitna would engineer the Bengals to leads of 10-0 and 17-7, the loss of Palmer proved too costly as Pittsburgh ran off 24 straight points to come away with a 31-17 victory.

The regular season was punctuated with several individual and team achievements. The Bengals set franchise records for fewest fumbles in a season (6), fewest sacks allowed (21), and turnover differential (+24), while tying club marks for takeaways (44), fewest giveaways (20), and road wins in a season (6). Cincinnati also posted 31 interceptions, the second-highest total in team history.

Individually, five Bengals earned Pro Bowl berths including T Willie Anderson, K Shayne Graham, WR Chad Johnson, QB Carson Palmer, and CB Deltha O'Neal. Johnson claimed his third straight AFC receiving yards title and broke his own team record with 1432 receiving yards, and Palmer established a franchise mark with 32 TD passes while posting the first 100+ passer rating in Bengals history (101.1). O'Neal set a team record with a career-high 10 interceptions, breaking the mark previously held by Ken Riley (9). Rudi Johnson rushed for 1458 yards, breaking the single-season rushing mark he set the previous season (1454). First-year linebacker Odell Thurman tied the club record for INTs in a season by a rookie (Tommy Casanova, 5, 1972).

2005: A CLOSER LOOK

PRO BOWL PLAYERS
  • T Willie Anderson
  • K Shayne Graham
  • WR Chad Johnson
  • QB Carson Palmer
  • CB Deltha O'Neal
2005 SEASON LEADERS
  • Passing: Carson Palmer (509 Att, 345 Comp, 3836 Yds, 67.8 Pct, 32 TD, 12 Int, 101.1 Rating)
  • Rushing: Rudi Johnson (337 Att, 1458 Yds, 4.3 Avg, 33 Long, 12 TD)
  • Receiving: Chad Johnson (97 Rec, 1432 Yds, 14.8 Avg, 70 Long, 9 TD)
  • Scoring: Shayne Graham, 131 points (28 FG; 47 PAT)
2005 NEWS AND NOTES
  • Carson Palmer led the NFL in three major passing categories - TD passes (32), completion percentage (67.8) and TD-INT differential (32-12)
  • Palmer's first six starts of the season, combined with his last three starts of 2004, made him only the second passer in NFL history to post nine straight games with a passer rating of 100 or more (Peyton Manning, 2004)
  • Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh set Bengals records for most receptions (175) and receiving yards (2388) by a duo.
  • The Bengals established a home season attendance record of 526,469 to break the mark of 524,248 set a season earlier.
STADIUM
  • Paul Brown Stadium
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2005 Helmet/Uniform

2005 Helmet/Uniform

2005 Logo

2005 Logo

CB Deltha o'neal

CB Deltha o'neal

LB Odell thurman

LB Odell thurman