- Super Bowl Championships: 0
- Last Super Bowl Appearance: Super Bowl 23 (Lost 20-16 to the San Francisco 49ers)
- Claim to Fame: Bill Walsh was serving as an assistant coach in Cincinnati when he created the West Coast offense, and Dick LeBeau was their defensive coordinator when he invented the zone blitz
- Claim to Shame: Went 14 years (1991-2004) without a winning season and have still not won a playoff game since 1990 – the longest drought in the NFL
The father of football in Ohio, Paul Brown, has two sons: the Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals. One of those cities loves and honors their great father, the other city dismissed Brown and chased LeBron away twice.
After being run out of town by the Browns controlling owner Art Modell, Paul figured the best way to get even would be to start a new franchise in the Buckeye state and whale away on the team that still bares his name.
Cincinnati holds bragging right with 50-39 edge having swept the season series three years in a row.
Unfortunately, the Jungle Cats have to play the other NFL teams as well, which resulted in a forgettable five-win season, with a slightly more respectable 9-7 ATS record, in 2017. But it was still good for third in the AFC North.
The Bengals recent failures can be credited to their habit of not respecting or paying their offensive lineman. This led to an exodus of talent in the trenches, which was felt by their inability to run the football (3.6 yards per carry) and seeing their passing offense go down the drain (27th) in 2017.
Cincinnati may have recognized the issue with a turnstile offensive line, though, as they acquired LT Cody Glenn from the Bills to protect Andy Dalton’s blind side. They followed that up with a great draft pick in former Ohio State standout center, Billy Price.
There’s a lot of firepower in the skill positions. AJ Green is one of the best receivers in football and is criminally undervalued, while Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard are a very dangerous one-two punch in the backfield. If Tyler Eifert can find away to stay healthy, this team can score in bunches.
With improved offensive line play, they could be a terrific dark horse in what appears to be a rather underwhelming AFC.