In their second season under head coach Marvin Lewis, the Bengals continued their rebuilding process, posting a second straight 8-8 record. All eight regular-season games at Paul Brown Stadium were sellouts — the first sold-out regular season since 1992 at Riverfront Stadium — and the total regular-season attendance of 524,248 put the team over the half-million mark for the first time. The team's break-even finish was a creditable performance, given that injuries were severe (18 players were placed on season-ending medical reserve lists) and that second-year QB Carson Palmer was seeing his first NFL playing time. Palmer, the 2003 first overall NFL draft pick, had not played as a rookie while backing up Jon Kitna. Palmer started the first 13 games before missing the final three with a knee strain. HB Rudi Johnson rushed for a club-record 1454 yards (a mark he later broke), and the team had four players named to the Pro Bowl, its highest total since 1990. The Pro Bowl quartet was Rudi Johnson, WR Chad Johnson, OT Willie Anderson and CB Tory James. K Shayne Graham set a club record with 122 points (since surpassed by Mike Nugent). Home games were played on a new, synthetic Field-Turf surface, on which installation was complete in early July. PBS had grass fields from 2000-03, but durability and maintenance issues dictated a switch. The team also made its first significant uniform change since 1981. The signature striped helmet was not changed, but the jersey design was modernized, black pants were added as a regular option to white pants, and a special-occasion orange jersey was added for up to two games per year. The team wore orange jerseys for the first time in franchise history in a 26-3 win vs. Dallas on Nov. 7. On Nov. 28, the Bengals played in what remains through 2017 as the second-highest scoring game in NFL history, a 58-48 home win over Cleveland (106 total points). The game stands through '17 as the only one in which the Bengals have scored in double figures in all four quarters (14-13-14-17). Prior to the season, HB Corey Dillon, the club's all-time rushing yards leader, was traded to New England for a second-round 2005 draft choice (Bengals chose S Madieu Williams).

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League Rankings

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OFFENSE18 (321.3)17 (114.9)17 (206.3)
DEFENSE19 (335.3)26 (128.9)13 (206.4)
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Year Totals

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Individual Leaders

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Shayne GrahamScoring
Carson PalmerPassing
Rudi JohnsonRushing
Chad JohnsonReceptions
Chad JohnsonReceiving Yards
Kyle LarsonPunting
Keiwan RatliffPunt Returns
Cliff RussellKickoff Returns
Shayne GrahamField Goals
Tory JamesInterceptions
Justin SmithSacks
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Coaching Staff

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Marvin LewisHead Coach
Paul AlexanderAssistant Head Coach / Offensive Line
Jim AndersonRunning Backs
Bob BratkowskiOffensive Coordinator
Chuck BresnahanAssistant
Louie CioffiAssistant Defensive Backs
Kevin CoyleDefensive Backs
Leslie FrazierDefensive Coordinator
Jay HayesDefensive Line
Jonathan HayesTight Ends
Ricky HunleyLinebackers
Hue JacksonWide Receivers
Chip MortonStrength and Conditioning
Ray OliverAssistant Strength and Conditioning
Darrin SimmonsSpecial Teams
Bob SuraceAssistant Offensive Line
Ken ZampeseQuarterbacks
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2004 NFL Draft: April 24 - 25

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1(sent to Denver in trade on 4-9-20)17
1(acquired from Denver in trade on 4-9-04, then sent to St. Louis in trade on 4-24-04)24
1Chris Perry (acquired from St. Louis in trade on 4-24-04)HBMichigan26
2aKeiwan RatliffCBFlorida49
2bMadieu Williams (acquired from New England in trade on 4-19-04)FSMaryland56
3aCaleb MillerMLBArkansas80
3bLandon JohnsonOLBPurdue*96
4aMatthias AskewDTMichigan State114
4bRobert Geathers (acquired from Denver in trade on 4-9-04)DEGeorgia117
4cStacy Andrews (acquired from St. Louis in trade on 4-24-04)OTMississippi123
5Maurice MannWRNevada149
6Greg BrooksCBSouthern Mississippi183
7Casey BramletQBWyoming

*NOTE: The Bengals received one compensatory pick (No. 96).

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Pro Bowl

Players selected for the 2004 NFL Draft: OT Willie Anderson, CB Tory James, WR Chad Johnson, RB Rudi Johnson