Record: 4-12-0 (4th in AFC North); 3-5 at home, 1-7 on road
Head Coach: Marvin Lewis
|September 12||at New England||L||24-38||68,756||Gillette|
|September 19||Baltimore||W||15-10||64,071||Paul Brown|
|September 26||at Carolina||W||20-7||72,887||Bank of America|
|October 3||at Cleveland||L||20-23||66,731||Cleveland Browns|
|October 10||Tampa Bay||L||21-24||63,888||Paul Brown|
|October 24||at Atlanta||L||32-39||67,665||Georgia Dome|
|October 31||Miami||L||14-22||63,179||Paul Brown|
|November 8||Pittsburgh||L||21-27||65,626||Paul Brown|
|November 14||at Indianapolis||L||17-23||67,404||Lucas Oil|
|November 21||Buffalo||L||31-49||55,654||Paul Brown|
|November 25||at N.Y. Jets||L||10-26||78,903||New Meadowlands|
|December 5||New Orleans||L||30-34||59,963||Paul Brown|
|December 12||at Pittsburgh||L||7-23||57,501||Heinz Field|
|December 19||Cleveland||W||19-17||56,342||Paul Brown|
|December 26||San Diego||W||34-20||54,194||Paul Brown|
|January 2||at Baltimore||L||7-13||71,088||M&T Bank|
The Bengals had high hopes for the 2010 season after sweeping the AFC North and claiming the division title a season earlier. Plus, the signing of the NFL's third-leading all-time receiver, Terrell Owens, on the opening day of training camp seemed to be the final piece for the offense and gave Bengals fans visions of a deep playoff run. But it wasn't to be. Following a 2-1 start to the season the Bengals suffered through a 10-game losing streak, which tied the franchise mark for consecutive losses in a single season.
Despite the record, the 2010 Bengals might be remembered for the emergence of several key young players. Rookie tight end Jermaine Grasham had 52 receptions to establish a Bengals season record for a rookie tight end. First-year wide receiver Jordan Shipley also caught 52 passes to tie Gresham for the AFC receptions lead among rookies. Another rookie, defensive end Carlos Dunlap, played sparingly during the season's first half but after recording his first career sack of future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning in Week 10 at Indianapolis, Dunlap went on a tear, finishing with 9.5 sacks to set a Bengals rookie record. He also fell just a half-sack shy of Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh for the sacks lead among NFL rookies.
Finally, after registering a single reception over his first two NFL seasons, third-year wide receiver Jerome Simpson finally got his chance when wide receiver Chad Ochocinco suffered an ankle injury late in the season. Simpson broke out with 18 receptions for 247 yards (13.7 avg.) and three touchdowns in the season's final two games.
Owens missed Games 15 and 16 after suffering a knee injury Dec. 19 vs. Cleveland, but he closed his year with a team-leading nine touchdowns, and he passed WR Randy Moss into fourth place on the NFL’s all-time list ... Cincinnati finished No. 1 in the NFL for the season in punt coverage, allowing only 4.8 yards per return. It was the third-best figure in club history and the best since the strike-shortened season of 1982 ... Kevin Huber’s 72-yard punt Oct. 10 vs. Tampa Bay tied for the NFL’s longest of the season ... On Sept. 26 at Carolina, running back Cedric Benson became the first Bengal in a span of 140 games to score both a receiving and a rushing TD in a game. On Oct. 28, 2001 in a win at Detroit, running back Corey Dillon scored two rushing TDs and one receiving TD.
2010: A CLOSER LOOK