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2015

Summary

The Bengals extended their franchise record for consecutive playoff seasons to five and stood as one of only four NFL teams to qualify those five consecutive years. But it was one of the more bittersweet seasons in club history. The team got off to an 8-0 start, setting a franchise record for most consecutive wins within a season and tying the mark for most wins regardless of seasons. The 12-4 finish tied Cincinnati records for most wins in a season and best winning percentage in a 16-game season. QB Andy Dalton was a huge key to it all, winning the AFC passing title with a Bengals-record 106.3 rating. But Dalton suffered a thumb injury in Game 13 vs. Pittsburgh and missed the remainder of the campaign, including a dramatic 18-16 loss to Pittsburgh in the first round of the playoffs. Backup QB AJ McCarron, who went 2-1 as a starter in the last three regular season games, rallied the Bengals in the playoff game from a 15-0 deficit after three quarters to a 16-15 lead with 1:50 to play. But the Steelers came back for a winning FG after recovering a fumble by Bengals HB Jeremy Hill deep in Pittsburgh territory. The Bengals' 2015 accomplishments also included a No. 2 NFL finish in scoring defense (17.4), the highest in club history. The club's most singular game accomplishment came Oct. 11 vs. Seattle, when the Bengals overcame a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit (24-7) to win 27-24 in overtime. The last time any NFL team had won a regular season or postseason game after trailing by 17 in the fourth quarter had been Week 15 of 2010, and Cincinnati's win ended a streak of 427 consecutive games in which teams trailing by 17-plus in the fourth quarter had lost. By the end of the postseason, the game stood as the only win for such a trailing team in the previous 536 instances.

AFC Wild Card Playoff

The Bengals rallied from a 15-0 deficit to take a 16-15 lead with 1:50 to play, and Cincinnati had a first down at the Steelers' 26-yard line with 1:36 left. But Pittsburgh recovered a fumble by HB Jeremy Hill on the next Bengals play, and the Steelers drove for a game-winning 37-yard FG at the 0:14 mark, aided by two personal foul penalties against Cincinnati. The Bengals had rallied to take the lead with three fourth-quarter scores — a one-yard TD run by Hill, a 36-yard Mike Nugent FG and a 25-yard TD pass from QB AJ McCarron to WR A.J. Green. McCarron, as he had in the last three regular-season games, was subbing for injured No. 1 QB Andy Dalton. The Bengals had the home field after winning the AFC North Division with a 12-4 record, but the 10-6 Steelers earned a Wild Card berth and advanced to the Divisional playoff round with the win.

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League Rankings

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TOTAL RUSH PASS
OFFENSE 15 (358.0) 13 (112.8) 15 (245.2)
DEFENSE 11 (340.8) 7 (92.3) 20 (248.5)
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Year Totals

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PLAYS FIRST DOWNS NET YDS RUSH NET YDS PASS TOTAL NET YDS PTS
OFFENSE 1004 324 1805 3923 5728 419
DEFENSE 1032 307 1477 3976 5453 279
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Individual Leaders

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PLAYER CATEGORY
Mike Nugent Scoring
Andy Dalton Passing
Jeremy Hill Rushing
A.J. Green Receptions
A.J. Green Receiving Yards
Kevin Huber Punting
Brandon Tate Punt Returns
Brandon Tate Kickoff Returns
Mike Nugent Field Goals
Reggie Nelson Interceptions
Carlos Dunlap Sacks
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Coaching Staff

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COACH POSITION
Marvin Lewis Head Coach
Paul Alexander Assistant Head Coach / Offensive Line
Brian Braswell Offensive Quality Control / Assistant Offensive Line
Matt Burke Linebackers
Mark Carrier Defensive Backs
Kyle Caskey Running Backs
Brayden Coombs Offensive Quality Control / Special Teams Assistant
Jeff Friday Assistant Strength and Conditioning
Paul Guenther Defensive Coordinator
Jay Hayes Defensive Line
Jonathan Hayes Tight Ends
Hue Jackson Offensive Coordinator
Vance Joseph Defensive Backs
Marcus Lewis Defensive Assistant / Quality Control
David Lippincott Assistant Linebackers / Quality Control
Robert Livingston Defensive Quality Control / Special Teams Assistant
Chip Morton Strength and Conditioning
Darrin Simmons Special Teams Coordinator
James Urban Wide Receivers
Ken Zampese Quarterbacks
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2015 NFL Draft: April 30 - May 2

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ROUND PLAYER POSITION COLLEGE SELECTION NUMBER
1 Cedric Ogbuehi OT Texas A&M 21
2 Jake Fisher OT Oregon 53
3a Tyler Kroft TE Rutgers 85
3b P.J. Dawson LB Texas Christian *99
4b Marcus Hardison DT Arizona State *135
5 C.J. Uzomah TE Auburn 157
6 Derron Smith S Fresno State 197
7 Mario Alford WR West Virginia 238

*NOTE: The Bengals received two compensatory picks (Nos. 99 and 135).

Pro Bowl

Players selected for the 2015 NFL Pro Bowl: DT Geno Atkins, DE Carlos Dunlap, TE Tyler Eifert, WR A.J. Green, CB Adam Jones, S Reggie Nelson, RB Cedric Peerman, OT Andrew Whitworth

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