Record: 9-7-0 (3rd in AFC North); 4-4 at home, 5-3 on road

Head Coach: Marvin Lewis

September 11 at Cleveland W 27-17 67,321 Cleveland Browns
September 18 at Denver L 22-24 73,281 Sport Authority Field at Mile High
September 25 San Francisco L 8-13 43,363 Paul Brown
October 2 Buffalo W 23-20 41,142 Paul Brown
October 9 at Jacksonville W 30-20 61,799 EverBank Field
October 16 Indianapolis W 27-17 52,068 Paul Brown
October 30 at Seattle W 34-12 66,004 CenturyLink Field
November 6 at Tennessee W 24-17 69,143 LP Field
November 13 Pittsburgh L 17-24 63,262 Paul Brown
November 20 at Baltimore L 24-31 71,320 M&T Bank
November 27 Cleveland W 23-20 48,260 Paul Brown
December 4 at Pittsburgh L 7-35 63,697 Heinz Field
December 11 Houston L 19-20 41,202 Paul Brown
December 18 at St. Louis W 20-13 56,431 Edward Jones Dome
December 24 Arizona W 23-16 41,273 Paul Brown
January 1 Baltimore L 16-24 63,439 Paul Brown
January 7 at Houston L 10-31 71,725 Reliant
Bengals 2011 Summary

The 2011 NFL season was threatened due to a labor dispute that began in March and lasted until July 25 when the owners and players finally came to an agreement. Training camps opened three days later and the Bengals hit the ground running with a new quarterback, a new offensive coordinator and low expectations following a 4-12 season in 2010.

Widely forecast in August 2011 for a season of double-digit losses, the Bengals finished 9-7 and earned the franchise’s second playoff berth in the last three years. The postseason came to an abrupt end with a 31-10 loss at Houston in an AFC Wild Card playoff but the season was viewed as a positive step for an organization in transition.

The Bengals hit the jackpot with first-round draft choice A.J. Green at wide receiver, and second-round pick Andy Dalton played like a first-rounder at quarterback. Green set a new Bengals rookie mark for receiving yards with 1057, breaking Cris Collinsworth’s previous record of 1009, set in 1981. Green came up two short of tying Collinsworth’s rookie record for receptions. Green had 65 catches, while Collinsworth caught 67 in his rookie campaign.

Dalton became the only rookie in NFL history to throw for 20 or more TD passes while starting eight or more victories. He became the NFL’s only rookie QB not drafted in the first round to start 16 games for his team, much less start 16 and lead the team into the playoffs. Dalton was only the fifth rookie to pass for 3000 yards, and with Green, he formed the NFL’s first rookie duo with 3000 passing and 1000 receiving yards.

Cincinnati’s Week 1 roster was the AFC’s youngest, but the Bengals spurted to a 6-2 first half. Dalton and Green proved ready for prime time, as did new offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, whose primary experience prior to 2011 was in the Arena Football League and United Football League. The Cincinnati defense finished No. 7 in the NFL in fewest yards allowed, and its 45 sacks were just three short of the franchise record.

The Bengals also set themselves up well for the future by dealing former franchise quarterback Carson Palmer to Oakland for a first-round draft pick and a conditional second-round pick.



DT Geno Atkins
QB Andy Dalton
WR A.J. Green
TE Jermaine Gresham
  • Passing: Andy Dalton (516 Att, 300 Comp, 3398 Yds, 58.1 Pct, 20 TD, 13 Int, 80.4 Rating)
  • Rushing: Cedric Benson (273 Att, 1067 Yds, 3.9 Avg, 42 Long, 6 TD)
  • Receiving: A.J. Green (65 Rec, 1057 Yds, 16.3 Avg, 58 Long, 7 TD)
  • Scoring: Mike Nugent, 132 points (33 FG; 33 PAT)
  • » Marvin Lewis rose to the top in career wins among Bengals head coaches. He finished the season with 69 victories, surpassing Sam Wyche (64).
  • » The Bengals won five games that featured comebacks from fourth-quarter deficits.
  • » With 543 punt return yards in 2011, Bengals WR Brandon Tate set a team record, surpassing Quan Cosby’s 2009 mark of 474 yards.
  • » LB Thomas Howard earned the team tackling title in his first season as a Bengal. The sixth-year pro finished the regular season with 120 tackles, five ahead of the second-place player, MLB Rey Maualuga at 115.
  • » DT Geno Atkins, voted a first alternate to the Pro Bowl, tied for the 2011 NFL lead in sacks by an interior lineman (7.5).
  • » K Mike Nugent set Bengals season records for points (132) and total made field goals (33).
  • » The Bengals scored a defensive TD in three straight games (Games 5-7), the first such club feat since Games 6-8 of 1983.
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WR A.J. Green


DT Geno Atkins