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CINCINNATI BENGALS HISTORY: 2008
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2008 FINAL RESULTS

Record: 4-11-1 (3rd in AFC North); 3-4-1 at home, 1-7 on road

Head Coach: Marvin Lewis

Date Opponent W-L Score Att. Stadium
September 7 at Baltimore L 10-17 70,978 M&T Bank
September 14 Tennessee L 7-24 64,540 Paul Brown
September 21 at N.Y. Giants L 23-26 (OT) 79,276 Giants
September 28 Cleveland L 12-20 65,541 Paul Brown
October 5 at Dallas L 22-31 62,655 Texas
October 12 at N.Y. Jets L 14-26 78,161 The Meadowlands
October 19 Pittsburgh L 10-38 65,860 Paul Brown
October 26 at Houston L 6-35 70,112 Reliant
November 2 Jacksonville W 21-19 64,238 Paul Brown
November 16 Philadelphia T 13-13 64,633 Paul Brown
November 20 at Pittsburgh L 10-27 59,854 Heinz Field
November 30 Baltimore L 3-34 63,871 Paul Brown
December 7 at Indianapolis L 3-35 66,402 Lucas Oil
December 14 Washington W 20-13 63,996 Paul Brown
December 21 at Cleveland W 14-0 72,361 Cleveland Browns
December 28 Kansas City W 16-6 63,984 Paul Brown
Bengals 2008 Summary

Winless in the first half of the 2008 season, the Bengals pulled together to finish 4-3-1 in the second half. In full, the Bengals season was a major disappointment. Plenty of performances did not meet expectations, and many performers were not on stage. Pro Bowl QB Carson Palmer played only four games, due to an elbow injury, and a club-record 23 players went on the Reserve/Injured list.

Defensively, a rebuilding unit struggled early but steadily improved under new coordinator Mike Zimmer, winding up with a No. 12 league ranking in net yards, allowing 325.5 yards per game. The ranking and the yardage average were both the franchise's best since 2001, when the defense ranked ninth with a 302.0-yard yield. The Bengals also tied a franchise record over the last three games of 2008, going nine consecutive quarters without allowing a touchdown.

Leading rusher Cedric Benson didn't join the Bengals until Game 5 at Dallas, signing as a free agent after being out of the NFL since being released by the Chicago Bears. He was a most fortunate pickup, leading the team for the season with a career-high 747 rushing yards, including two straight 100-yard performances to close the season.

Wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh led the Bengals for a third consecutive year in receptions, snagging 92, and his reception total of 294 from 2006-08 is the most in club history for three consecutive years. He also led the league in third-down catches (31). Fellow receiver Chad Ochocinco (who changed his legal name from Chad Johnson prior to the season) ended the 2008 season with 53 receiving touchdowns, tying Isaac Curtis for second place all-time on the Bengals.

2008: A CLOSER LOOK

PRO BOWL PLAYERS
  • None
2008 SEASON LEADERS
  • Passing: Ryan Fitzpatrick (372 Att, 221 Comp, 1905 Yds, 59.4 Pct, 8 TD, 9 Int, 70.0 Rating)
  • Rushing: Cedric Benson (214 Att, 747 Yds, 3.5 Avg, 46 Long, 2 TD)
  • Receiving: T.J. Houshmandzadeh (92 Rec, 904 Yds, 9.8 Avg, 46 Long, 4 TD)
  • Scoring: Shayne Graham, 78 points (21 FG; 15 PAT)
2008 NEWS AND NOTES
  • Over the last two games of 2008, the Bengals tied a franchise record by shutting out their foes for seven consecutive quarters.
  • In the season finale, the Bengals allowed Kansas City just 31 rushing yards (on 15 carries). It was Cincinnati's lowest rushing yield in 78 games, since holding Miami to 20-for-25 on Sept. 19, 2004.
  • With his three 100-yard rushing games, Cedric Benson became the 20th Bengal to hit the 100 mark in a game.
  • The 14-0 Bengals win at Cleveland on Dec. 21 was the ninth shutout in Cincinnati franchise history, and the last three of those nine have come on the road against the Browns.
  • LB Dhani Jones won the team's 2008 tackling title with 165, finishing 53 ahead of second-place Brandon Johnson (112).
STADIUM
  • Paul Brown Stadium
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2008 Helmet/uniform

2008 HELMET/UNIFORM

2008 Logo

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RB CEDRIC BENSON

RB Cedric benson

LB Dhani jones

LB DHANI JONES