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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OFFENSE13 (356.9)13 (110.6)15 (246.4)
DEFENSE17 (350.8)21 (113.3)11 (237.5)
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Year Totals

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Individual Leaders

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Mike NugentScoring
Andy DaltonPassing
Jeremy HillRushing
A.J. GreenReceptions
A.J. GreenReceiving Yards
Kevin HuberPunting
Alex EricksonPunt Returns
Alex EricksonKickoff Returns
Mike NugentField Goals
George Iloka, Dre Kirkpatrick, Shawn WilliamsInterceptions
Geno AtkinsSacks
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Coaching Staff

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Marvin LewisHead Coach
Paul AlexanderAssistant Head Coach / Offensive Line
Jacob BurneyDefensive Line
Kyle CaskeyRunning Backs
Brayden CoombsAssistant Special Teams / Defensive Quality Control
Robert CouchOffensive Quality Control / Offensive Line
Kevin CoyleSecondary
Jeff FridayAssistant Strength and Conditioning
Paul GuentherDefensive Coordinator
Jim HaslettLinebackers
Jonathan HayesTight Ends
Bill LazorQuarterbacks
Marcus LewisDefensive Quality Control / Defensive Line
David LippincottAssistant Linebackers / Quality Control
Robert LivingstonSecondary
Chip MortonStrength and Conditioning
Dan PitcherOffensive Assistant/Wide Receivers
Darrin SimmonsSpecial Teams Coordinator
James UrbanWide Receivers
Ken ZampeseOffensive Coordinator
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2016 NFL Draft: April 28 - 30

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1William JacksonCBHouston24
2Tyler BoydWRPittsburgh55
3Nick VigilLBUtah State87
4Andrew BillingsDTBaylor122
5Christian WestermanGArizona State161
6Cody CoreWRMississippi199
7Clayton FejedelemSIllinois245

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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