Record: 8-8-0 (2nd in AFC North); 4-4 at home, 4-4 on road

Head Coach: Marvin Lewis

September 10at Kansas CityW23-1077,956Arrowhead
September 17ClevelandW34-1766,072Paul Brown
September 24at PittsburghW28-2064,922Heinz Field
October 1New EnglandL13-3866,035Paul Brown
October 15at Tampa BayL13-1465,732Raymond James
October 22CarolinaW17-1465,964Paul Brown
October 29AtlantaL27-2965,978Paul Brown
November 5at BaltimoreL20-2670,792M&T Bank
November 12San DiegoL41-4965,917Paul Brown
November 19at New OrleansW31-1668,001Louisiana Superdome
November 26at ClevelandW30-072,926Cleveland Browns
November 30BaltimoreW13-765,973Paul Brown
December 10OaklandW27-1065,882Paul Brown
December 18at IndianapolisL16-3457,292RCA Dome
December 24at DenverL23-2475759INVESCO Field at Mile High
December 31PittsburghL17-23 (OT)66,049Paul Brown

The Bengals went into their season finale against the defending Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers with an outside shot at securing a Wild Card playoff berth. They needed a win plus help from two other teams to make the playoffs. But a disappointing season came to an end with a 23-17 overtime loss to Pittsburgh at Paul Brown Stadium. The loss left the defending AFC North Division champions with an 8-8 record.

The Bengals opened the year with three straight wins, then dipped to 4-5. They followed with four straight wins, and at 8-5 were widely rated as one of the league's most dangerous clubs. But Cincinnati dropped its final three contests — on the road at Indianapolis and Denver, and at home to the Steelers.

Quarterback Carson Palmer made an amazing comeback from a knee injury that he suffered in the 2005 Wild Card playoffs. Originally uncertain if he would be ready in time for the start of the 2006 regular season, Palmer started all 16 games in 2006 and set a team record with 4035 passing yards. Other individual achievements included an NFL receiving yards title for Chad Johnson (1,369), the first such crown in Bengals history, and Johnson also became the first player to lead the AFC or NFC in receiving yards for a fourth consecutive season. Defensive end Robert Geathers became the first Bengals player since 1992 to reach double digits in sacks (10.5). Palmer, Johnson and tackle Willie Anderson each were named to the AFC All-Star team for the Pro Bowl.


  • T Willie Anderson
  • WR Chad Johnson
  • QB Carson Palmer
  • Passing: Carson Palmer (520 Att, 324 Comp, 4035 Yds, 62.3 Pct, 28 TD, 13 Int, 93.9 Rating)
  • Rushing: Rudi Johnson (341 Att, 1309 Yds, 3.8 Avg, 22 Long, 12 TD)
  • Receiving: Chad Johnson (87 Rec, 1369 Yds, 15.7 Avg, 74 Long, 7 TD)
  • Scoring: Shayne Graham, 115 points (25 FG; 40 PAT)
  • Chad Johnson set an NFL record for most receiving yards in back-to-back games with 450 (Nov. 12 vs. San Diego and Nov. 19 at New Orleans). He had a Bengals-record 260 yards against the Chargers, and came back with 190 against the Saints.
  • Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh became the first pair of Bengals receivers to reach 1000 yards receiving in the same season. Houshmandzadeh finished with 1081 yards, a career high.
  • With a Bengals-record tying five 100-yard rushing games, Rudi Johnson passed James Brooks into second place on the all-time Bengals list.
  • The Bengals allowed only 17 points over three games in Games 11-13 (Cleveland 0, Baltimore 7 and Oakland 10). That broke the previous franchise mark of 23, which had been achieved three times, including Games 10-12 of this season.
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2006 Helmet/Uniform

2006 Helmet/Uniform

2006 Logo

2006 Logo

WRs Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh

WRs Chad johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh

De robert geathers

De robert geathers