1977

Summary

Head coach Bill Johnson posted a second straight winning record (8-6), but the team missed the playoffs, one game behind AFC Central champion Pittsburgh. The Bengals logged a huge win in Game 15, beating Pittsburgh 17-10 in a Saturday afternoon contest at frigid Riverfront Stadium (temperatures hovering between five and 10 degrees). The game left the teams tied for the division lead, and the Bengals were assured of winning a season-end tiebreaker, based on better point differential in their 1-1 season split with the Steelers. But on the final weekend, Pittsburgh won 10-9 over San Diego, and the Bengals fell 21-16 at Houston. The Oilers tied the Bengals' 8-6 record and officially took second place in a tiebreaker, but Houston also missed the postseason. The Bengals rallied into contention after a 2-3 start that included a season-opening loss to underdog Cleveland, the first time the Bengals had lost in a season opener played at home, following six straight wins in that situation. On Nov. 13 at Minnesota, QB Ken Anderson and WR Billy Brooks teamed up for a 94-yard TD pass, which stands through 2017 as the longest pass play in franchise history. The season ended the NFL's 17-year run (1961-77) of playing a 14-game regular-season schedule.

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League Rankings

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TOTAL RUSH PASS
OFFENSE 13 (299.6) T-18 (132.9) 7 (166.6)
DEFENSE 21 (294.6) 13 (135.5) 23 (159.1)

Year Totals

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PLAYS FIRST DOWNS NET YDS RUSH NET YDS PASS TOTAL NET YDS PTS
OFFENSE 904 248 1861 2333 4194 238
DEFENSE 901 253 1897 2227 4124 235
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Individual Leaders

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PLAYER CATEGORY
Chris Bahr Scoring
Ken Anderson Passing
Pete Johnson Rushing
Billy Brooks Receptions
Billy Brooks Receiving Yards
Pat McInally Punting
Tony Davis Punt Return
Willie Shelby Kickoff Returns
Chris Bahr Field Goals
Lemar Parrish, Reggie Williams Interceptions
Gary Burley Sacks

Coaching Staff

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COACH POSITION
Bill Johnson Head Coach
Howard Brinker Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
Jack Donaldson Offensive Backfield
Boyd Dowler Quarterbacks/Receivers
Chuck Studley Defensive Line
Charley Winner Defensive Backfield
Kim Wood Strength

1977 NFL Draft: May 3-4

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ROUND PLAYER POSITION COLLEGE SELECTION NUMBER
1a Eddie Edwards (acquired from Buffalo in trade on 6-23-76) DT Miami (Fla.) 3
1b Wilson Whitley (acquired from Philadelphia in trade on 7-10-74) DT Houston 8
1c Mike Cobb TE Michigan State 22
2 Pete Johnson RB Ohio State 49
3 Mike Voight RB North Carolina 76
4a Rick Walker (acquired from Tampa Bay in trade on 9-7-76) TE UCLA 85
4b Mike Wilson T Georgia 103
5 Ray Phillips LB Nebraska 133
6 Tom Duniven QB Texas Tech 160
7a Louis Breeden DB North Carolina Central 187
7b Jim Corbett (acquired from Minnesota in trade on 6-3-76) TE Pittsburgh 194
8 Jose Saint-Victor G Syracuse 214
9 Willie Zachary WR Central State (Ohio) 245
10 Bob Bialik P Hillsdale (Mich.) 272
11a Joel Parrish (acquired from San Diego in trade on 3-1-77) G Georgia 292
11b Carl Allen DB Southern Mississippi 299
12 Alex Percival WR Morehouse (Ga.) 326

Pro Bowl

Players selected for the 1977 NFL Pro Bowl: DE Coy Bacon, S Tommy Casanova, CB Lemar Parrish

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