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2018

Summary

The Bengals raced to a 4-1 start and stood 5-3 at the mid-way point of the season, but a 1-7 finish left them with a 6-10 final record and last-place finish in the AFC North. The season was marred by a wave of injuries that crippled the team. Of the 53 players on the roster for the regular-season opener at Indianapolis, 22 missed at least two games due to injury. Fourteen of those 22 players ended the season on Reserve/Injured, including starters QB Andy Dalton, WR A.J. Green, WR Tyler Boyd and TE Tyler Eifert, as well as other major contributors, including DE Carl Lawson and TE Tyler Kroft. Cincinnati's defense struggled from the outset, and through nine games was allowing a league-worst 454.6 net yards per game, which at the time was on pace to set an NFL record for yards allowed in a season. The Bengals fired first-year defensive coordinator Teryl Austin on Nov. 12, the day after a 51-14 home loss to New Orleans, and head coach Marvin Lewis assumed defensive coordinator duties for the season's final seven games. The Bengals' defense showed improvement under Lewis, but still finished last in the NFL at 413.6 net yards allowed per game. Second-year HB Joe Mixon rushed for 1168 yards and became the first Bengal ever to lead the AFC in rushing in a season (though RB Paul Robinson led the AFL in rushing in 1968). Boyd enjoyed a breakout season, and his 1028 receiving yards made him the first Bengal other than Green to hit the century mark in 10 seasons (Chad Johnson, 2009). On Oct. 7 vs. Miami, Green's 112 receiving yards gave him his 32nd 100-yard game, passing WR Chad Johnson (31) for most in team history. Rookie S Jessie Bates III totaled a team-best 111 tackles on defense, making him only the sixth Bengals rookie ever to lead the team in tackles. On Dec. 31, the day after the season finale, the Bengals and head coach Marvin Lewis mutually decided to part ways after 16 seasons. Lewis ended his career with a 131-122-3 regular season record (131-129-3 including postseason). His total of 131 career victories is the most in team history and at the time ranked tied for 24th in NFL history.

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League Rankings

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TOTAL RUSH PASS
OFFENSE 17 (310.8) 21 (105.1) 24 (205.6)
DEFENSE 32 (413.6) 29 (137.8) 32 (275.9)
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Year Totals

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PLAYS FIRST DOWNS NET YDS RUSH NET YDS PASS TOTAL NET YDS PTS
OFFENSE 938 304 1682 3290 4972 368
DEFENSE 1084 221 2204 4414 6618 455
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Individual Leaders

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PLAYER CATEGORY
Randy Bullock Scoring
Andy Dalton Passing
Joe Mixon Rushing
Tyler Boyd Receptions
Tyler Boyd Receiving Yards
Kevin Huber Punting
Alex Erickson Punt Returns
Alex Erickson Kickoff Returns
Randy Bullock Field Goals
Shawn Williams Interceptions
Geno Atkins Sacks
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Coaching Staff

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COACH POSITION
Marvin Lewis Head Coach
Teryl Austin Defensive Coordinator
Bob Bicknell Wide Receivers
Jacob Burney Defensive Line
Kyle Caskey Running Backs
Brayden Coombs Assistant Special Teams / Defensive Quality Control
Jeff Friday Assistant Strength and Conditioning
Jim Haslett Linebackers
Jonathan Hayes Tight Ends
Daronte Jones Secondary / Cornerbacks
Bill Lazor Offensive Coordinator
Marcus Lewis Defensive Quality Control / Defensive Line
David Lippincott Assistant Linebackers / Quality Control
Robert Livingston Secondary
Chip Morton Strength and Conditioning
Dan Pitcher Offensive Assistant / Wide Receivers
Matt Raich Defensive Assistant/Assistant Defensive Line
Darrin Simmons Special Teams Coordinator
Alex Van Pelt Quarterbacks
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2018 NFL Draft: April 26-28

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ROUND PLAYER POSITION COLLEGE SELECTION NUMBER
1 Billy Price C Ohio State 21
2 Jessie Bates III S Wake Forest 54
3 Sam Hubbard DE Ohio State 77
3 Malik Jefferson LB Texas 78
4 Mark Walton RB Miami Fla. 112
5a Davontae Harris CB Illinois State 151
5b Andrew Brown DT Virginia 158
5c Darius Phillips CB Western Michigan 170
7a Logan Woodside QB Toledo 249
7b Rod Taylor OL Mississippi 252
7c Auden Tate WR Florida State 253
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Pro Bowl

Players selected for the 2018 Pro Bowl: DT Geno Atkins

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