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For the first time in six seasons, the Bengals missed the playoffs, and their 6-9-1 record came with plenty of reason to think what else might have been. Cincinnati's last five losses came by a total of 16 points, and a general lack of production in the fourth quarter was highlighted by the team suffering from crucial missed place kicks as no Bengals team had suffered in recent years. Injuries also were a worse-than-usual factor, but head coach Marvin Lewis said simply, "Your record is what you earn. We have to do a better job in so many ways (in 2017)." The most notable injury was a hamstring strain that cost WR A.J. Green all but two snaps of the last seven games. Through nine games, Green's totals of 66 receptions and 964 yards had him on pace to set club season records in both categories by wide margins. DE Carlos Dunlap had a remarkable 15 passes defensed, leading the team by five in becoming the first DL to lead the team in the category, and Dunlap led all NFL defensive linemen by seven. DE Geno Atkins led all NFL interior linemen in sacks (nine), claiming at least a piece of that crown for the fourth time in his seven seasons. Green, Dunlap and Atkins were among five Bengals in the Pro Bowl, joined also by QB Andy Dalton and OT Andrew Whitworth. The Bengals took part for the first time in the NFL's International Series, playing Washington to a 27-all tie on Oct. 30 at London's Wembley Stadium. The Bengals officially named the home team in the game, as the team played only seven games at Paul Brown Stadium, but it stands as the only regular season game in franchise history played at a neutral site. The tie against Washington was notable because it was Cincinnati's third tie in nine seasons (2008-16). Only eight other NFL teams played even one tie in that span, with the remaining 23 playing none. A notable statistic for the season was rookie WR Alex Erickson, a college free agent signee from Wisconsin, leading the AFC with a 27.9-yard kickoff return average, second-highest in team history.

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League Rankings

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OFFENSE 13 (356.9) 13 (110.6) 15 (246.4)
DEFENSE 17 (350.8) 21 (113.3) 11 (237.5)
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Year Totals

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OFFENSE 1050 341 1769 3942 5711 325
DEFENSE 1038 327 1812 3800 5612 315
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Individual Leaders

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Mike Nugent Scoring
Andy Dalton Passing
Jeremy Hill Rushing
A.J. Green Receptions
A.J. Green Receiving Yards
Kevin Huber Punting
Alex Erickson Punt Returns
Alex Erickson Kickoff Returns
Mike Nugent Field Goals
George Iloka, Dre Kirkpatrick, Shawn Williams Interceptions
Geno Atkins Sacks
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Coaching Staff

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Marvin Lewis Head Coach
Paul Alexander Assistant Head Coach / Offensive Line
Jacob Burney Defensive Line
Kyle Caskey Running Backs
Brayden Coombs Assistant Special Teams / Defensive Quality Control
Robert Couch Offensive Quality Control / Offensive Line
Kevin Coyle Secondary
Jeff Friday Assistant Strength and Conditioning
Paul Guenther Defensive Coordinator
Jim Haslett Linebackers
Jonathan Hayes Tight Ends
Bill Lazor Quarterbacks
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
Darrin Simmons Special Teams Coordinator
James Urban Wide Receivers
Ken Zampese Offensive Coordinator
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2016 NFL Draft: April 28 - 30

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1 William Jackson CB Houston 24
2 Tyler Boyd WR Pittsburgh 55
3 Nick Vigil LB Utah State 87
4 Andrew Billings DT Baylor 122
5 Christian Westerman G Arizona State 161
6 Cody Core WR Mississippi 199
7 Clayton Fejedelem S Illinois 245

Pro Bowl

Players selected for the 2016 Pro Bowl: DT Geno Atkins, QB Andy Dalton, DE Carlos Dunlap, WR A.J. Green, OT Andrew Whitworth

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