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1971 Cincinnati Bengals

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4-10-0, Finished 4th in AFC Central Division  · 1971 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -0.5, Offense: -0.4, Defense: -0.1, SoS: -1.9, avg is 0.0.

Scored 284 points (20.3/g), 11th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 265 points (18.9/g), 9th.
 Differential of 19 points (1.4/g), 11th.  Expected W-L: 7.6-6.4.

Coach: Paul Brown (4-10-0)
 Defensive Coordinator: Charlie Weber
 Other Notable Asst.: Bill Walsh (Quarterbacks Coach)

Stadium: Riverfront Stadium
 Training Camp: Wilmington College (Wilmington, Ohio)

Team Info

Principal Owner/President/General Manager Paul Brown
Defensive Alignment 4-3

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Player PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 284 4266 867 4.9 23 12 12 236 214 365 2124 15 11 5.2 115 462 2142 14 4.6 109
Team Defense 265 3906 811 4.8 39 12 18 213 157 335 2128 19 27 5.8 102 446 1778 11 4.0 93
Lg Rank Offense 11 6 1 4 9 13 14 10 2 18 14 6 9 3
Lg Rank Defense 9 12 11 20 7 5 13 22 3 15 10 13 10 11

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 19 boxscore W 1-0 Philadelphia Eagles 37 14 23 532 296 236 1 17 315 276 39 4
2 Sun September 26 boxscore L 1-1 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 10 21 15 253 225 28 1 15 288 208 80 3
3 Sun October 3 boxscore L 1-2 @ Green Bay Packers 17 20 10 178 88 90 2 18 318 62 256 3
4 Sun October 10 boxscore L 1-3 Miami Dolphins 13 23 19 330 116 214 1 16 312 181 131 1
5 Sun October 17 boxscore L 1-4 Cleveland Browns 24 27 15 339 107 232 2 17 269 205 64 3
6 Sun October 24 boxscore L 1-5 @ Oakland Raiders 27 31 17 250 139 111 1 19 316 114 202 2
7 Sun October 31 boxscore L 1-6 @ Houston Oilers 6 10 9 83 -52 135 1 9 177 83 94 5
8 Sun November 7 boxscore L 1-7 Atlanta Falcons 6 9 10 167 73 94 2 15 267 112 155 1
9 Sun November 14 boxscore W 2-7 @ Denver Broncos 24 10 19 473 260 213 1 10 221 99 122 1
10 Sun November 21 boxscore W 3-7 Houston Oilers 28 13 19 263 143 120 2 13 241 171 70 2
11 Sun November 28 boxscore W 4-7 San Diego Chargers 31 0 28 411 238 173 2 8 130 83 47 6
12 Sun December 5 boxscore L 4-8 @ Cleveland Browns 27 31 15 346 114 232 2 22 406 224 182 3
13 Sun December 12 boxscore L 4-9 Pittsburgh Steelers 13 21 14 348 222 126 5 16 272 146 126 3
14 Sun December 19 boxscore L 4-10 @ New York Jets 21 35 23 293 155 138 18 374 164 210 2

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk SkYds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
11 Virgil Carter 26 QB 10 10 4-6-0 138 222 62.2% 1624 10 4.5 7 3.2 90 7.3 6.8 11.8 162.4 86.2 13 122 6.39 5.90 5.5
14 Ken Anderson 22 qb 11 4 0-4-0 72 131 55.0% 777 5 3.8 4 3.1 44 5.9 5.3 10.8 70.6 72.6 23 159 4.01 3.49 14.9
15 Dave Lewis 26 P 14 0 3 10 30.0% 18 0 0.0 0 0.0 13 1.8 1.8 6.0 1.3 39.6 4 22 -0.29 -0.29 28.6
33 Fred Willis 24 FB 14 6 1 2 50.0% 8 0 0.0 0 0.0 8 4.0 4.0 8.0 0.6 60.4 0 0 4.00 4.00 0.0
Team Total 25.3 14 4-10-0 214 365 58.6% 2427 15 4.1 11 3.0 90 6.6 6.1 11.3 173.4 79.8 40 303 5.24 4.76 9.9 0 0
Opp Total 14 157 335 46.9% 2382 19 5.7 27 8.1 7.1 4.62 15.2 170.1 56.1 30 254 5.8 3.5 8.2

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. Player Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
33 Fred Willis 24 FB 14 6 135 590 7 36 4.4 42.1 9.6 24 223 9.3 0 29 1.7 15.9 813 7 3
30 Jess Phillips 24 RB 14 10 94 420 0 31 4.5 30.0 6.7 22 125 5.7 1 19 1.6 8.9 545 1 3
19 Essex Johnson 25 14 0 85 522 4 86 6.1 37.3 6.1 14 258 18.4 2 67 1.0 18.4 780 6 1
44 Doug Dressler 23 14 4 54 204 1 13 3.8 14.6 3.9 19 145 7.6 0 26 1.4 10.4 349 1 1
18 Paul Robinson 27 KR 14 8 49 213 1 17 4.3 15.2 3.5 8 47 5.9 0 16 0.6 3.4 260 1 1
14 Ken Anderson 22 qb 11 4 22 125 1 16 5.7 11.4 2.0 125 1 5
11 Virgil Carter 26 QB 10 10 8 42 0 19 5.3 4.2 0.8 42 0 5
15 Dave Lewis 26 P 14 0 6 6 0 9 1.0 0.4 0.4 6 0 2
40 Ron Lamb 28 12 0 5 13 0 7 2.6 1.1 0.4 13 0 0
17 Speedy Thomas 24 WR 12 8 2 -1 0 0 -0.5 -0.1 0.2 22 327 14.9 2 90 1.8 27.3 326 2 1
10 Eric Crabtree 27 WR 7 7 1 1 0 1 1.0 0.1 0.1 14 102 7.3 2 12 2.0 14.6 103 2 0
29 Sandy Durko 23 FS 14 12 1 7 0 7 7.0 0.5 0.1 7 0 1
84 Bob Trumpy 26 TE 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 40 531 13.3 3 44 2.9 37.9 531 3 0
25 Chip Myers 26 wr 10 7 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 27 286 10.6 1 20 2.7 28.6 286 1 1
88 Bruce Coslet 25 14 6 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 21 356 17.0 4 71 1.5 25.4 356 4 3
83 Ed Marshall 24 13 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 18 9.0 0 10 0.2 1.4 18 0 1
87 Mike Kelly 23 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 9 9.0 0 9 0.1 0.6 9 0 0
Team Total 25.3 14 462 2142 14 86 4.6 153.0 33.0 214 2427 11.3 15 90 15.3 173.4 4569 29 29
Opp Total 14 446 1778 11 4.0 127.0 31.9 157 2128 13.6 19 11.2 152.0 3906 30 21

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Player Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
20 Lemar Parrish* 24 LCB/PR 14 14 12 93 0 47 7.8 13 296 0 30 22.8 389
18 Paul Robinson 27 KR 14 8 18 335 0 37 18.6 595
29 Sandy Durko 23 FS 14 12 6 14 0 7 2.3 21
19 Essex Johnson 25 14 0 3 28 0 14 9.3 2 40 0 21 20.0 848
17 Speedy Thomas 24 WR 12 8 4 10 0 7 2.5 336
33 Fred Willis 24 FB 14 6 4 81 0 32 20.3 894
40 Ron Lamb 28 12 0 2 42 0 25 21.0 55
30 Jess Phillips 24 RB 14 10 2 49 0 31 24.5 594
44 Doug Dressler 23 14 4 1 20 0 20 20.0 369
87 Mike Kelly 23 14 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 9
Team Total 25.3 14 25 145 0 47 5.8 43 863 0 37 20.1 5577
Opp Total 14 41 304 1 7.4 39 1024 0 26.3

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. Player Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
15 Dave Lewis 26 P 14 0 72 3229 56 0 44.8
16 Horst Muhlmann 31 K 14 0 6 6 8 5 9 4 10 4 3 1 36 20 55.6%% 31 31 100.0%%
11 Virgil Carter 26 QB 10 10 1 1 100.0%%
44 Doug Dressler 23 14 4 1 34 34 0 34.0
Team Total 25.3 14 6 6 8 5 9 4 10 4 3 1 36 20 55.6%% 32 32 100.0%% 73 3263 56 0 44.7
Opp Total 14 22 14 63.6%% 32 31 96.9%% 73 2986 40.9

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Player Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
20 Lemar Parrish* 24 LCB/PR 14 14 7 105 1 65 0 0 1 2 14 1
11 Virgil Carter 26 QB 10 10 0 5 3 -6 0
14 Ken Anderson 22 qb 11 4 0 5 2 -9 0
13 Ken Riley 24 RCB 13 13 5 22 0 21 0 0 0 2 0 0
58 Al Beauchamp 27 LLB 14 14 6 53 1 18 0
29 Sandy Durko 23 FS 14 12 4 46 0 25 0 0 1 0 0 0
30 Jess Phillips 24 RB 14 10 0 3 2 0 0
31 Fletcher Smith 28 SS 14 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0
33 Fred Willis 24 FB 14 6 0 3 1 0 0
88 Bruce Coslet 25 14 6 0 3 0 0 0
15 Dave Lewis 26 P 14 0 0 2 1 0 0
73 Pat Matson 27 RG 14 14 0 0 3 4 0
72 Howard Fest 25 LG 14 12 0 0 2 1 0
18 Paul Robinson 27 KR 14 8 0 1 1 0 0
51 Ken Avery 27 RLB 14 13 0 0 1 0 0
66 Bill Bergey 26 MLB 14 14 1 16 0 16 0
82 Royce Berry 25 LDE 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
79 Steve Chomyszak 27 RDT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
23 Al Coleman 27 4 0 1 15 0 15 0
34 Neal Craig 23 12 7 1 0 0 0 0
44 Doug Dressler 23 14 4 0 1 0 0 0
19 Essex Johnson 25 14 0 0 1 0 0 0
80 Ken Johnson 24 9 0 0 0 1 0 0
87 Mike Kelly 23 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
83 Ed Marshall 24 13 0 0 1 0 0 0
25 Chip Myers 26 wr 10 7 0 1 0 0 0
53 Bill Peterson 26 14 1 1 16 0 16 0
81 Nick Roman 24 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
17 Speedy Thomas 24 WR 12 8 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 25.3 14 27 273 2 65 0 0 29 28 4 1
Opp Total 14 40 21 9

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
16 Horst Muhlmann 31 K 14 0 31 20 91
33 Fred Willis 24 FB 14 6 7 7 42
19 Essex Johnson 25 14 0 4 2 6 36
88 Bruce Coslet 25 14 6 4 4 24
84 Bob Trumpy 26 TE 14 14 3 3 18
10 Eric Crabtree 27 WR 7 7 2 2 12
20 Lemar Parrish* 24 LCB/PR 14 14 1 1 2 12
17 Speedy Thomas 24 WR 12 8 2 2 12
14 Ken Anderson 22 qb 11 4 1 1 6
58 Al Beauchamp 27 LLB 14 14 1 1 6
44 Doug Dressler 23 14 4 1 1 6
25 Chip Myers 26 wr 10 7 1 1 6
30 Jess Phillips 24 RB 14 10 1 1 6
18 Paul Robinson 27 KR 14 8 1 1 6
11 Virgil Carter 26 QB 10 10 1 1
Team Total 25.3 14 14 15 1 2 32 32 20 284
Opp Total 14 11 19 1 1 31 14 265

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1971-09-19 PHI W, 37-14 2 2 pass Eric Crabtree 2 yard pass from Virgil Carter (Horst Muhlmann kick)
2 1971-09-19 PHI W, 37-14 3 90 pass Speedy Thomas 90 yard pass from Virgil Carter (Horst Muhlmann kick)
3 1971-09-19 PHI W, 37-14 3 7 pass Jess Phillips 7 yard pass from Virgil Carter (Horst Muhlmann kick)
4 1971-09-19 PHI W, 37-14 4 68 rush Essex Johnson 68 yard rush (Horst Muhlmann kick)
5 1971-09-26 @ PIT L, 10-21 3 14 fumble Lemar Parrish 14 yard fumble return (Horst Muhlmann kick)
6 1971-10-03 @ GNB L, 17-20 3 65 interception Lemar Parrish 65 yard interception return (Horst Muhlmann kick)
7 1971-10-03 @ GNB L, 17-20 4 5 pass Eric Crabtree 5 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Horst Muhlmann kick)
8 1971-10-10 MIA L, 13-23 4 11 pass Bob Trumpy 11 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Horst Muhlmann kick)
9 1971-10-17 CLE L, 24-27 1 10 rush Paul Robinson 10 yard rush (Horst Muhlmann kick)
10 1971-10-17 CLE L, 24-27 3 3 rush Essex Johnson 3 yard rush (Horst Muhlmann kick)
11 1971-10-17 CLE L, 24-27 4 49 rush Essex Johnson 49 yard rush (Horst Muhlmann kick)
12 1971-10-24 @ OAK L, 27-31 3 41 pass Essex Johnson 41 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Horst Muhlmann kick)
13 1971-10-24 @ OAK L, 27-31 3 5 rush Ken Anderson 5 yard rush (Horst Muhlmann kick)
14 1971-10-24 @ OAK L, 27-31 4 4 pass Speedy Thomas 4 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Horst Muhlmann kick)
15 1971-11-14 @ DEN W, 24-10 1 71 pass Bruce Coslet 71 yard pass from Virgil Carter (Horst Muhlmann kick)
16 1971-11-14 @ DEN W, 24-10 2 3 rush Fred Willis 3 yard rush (Horst Muhlmann kick)
17 1971-11-14 @ DEN W, 24-10 4 67 pass Essex Johnson 67 yard pass from Virgil Carter (Horst Muhlmann kick)
18 1971-11-21 HOU W, 28-13 1 1 rush Fred Willis 1 yard rush (Horst Muhlmann kick)
19 1971-11-21 HOU W, 28-13 1 6 pass Bruce Coslet 6 yard pass from Virgil Carter (Horst Muhlmann kick)
20 1971-11-21 HOU W, 28-13 2 5 rush Fred Willis 5 yard rush (Horst Muhlmann kick)
21 1971-11-21 HOU W, 28-13 3 31 pass Bob Trumpy 31 yard pass from Virgil Carter (Horst Muhlmann kick)
22 1971-11-28 SDG W, 31-0 1 2 rush Fred Willis 2 yard rush (Horst Muhlmann kick)
23 1971-11-28 SDG W, 31-0 2 10 pass Bob Trumpy 10 yard pass from Virgil Carter (Horst Muhlmann kick)
24 1971-11-28 SDG W, 31-0 2 18 interception Al Beauchamp 18 yard interception return (Horst Muhlmann kick)
25 1971-11-28 SDG W, 31-0 3 3 rush Fred Willis 3 yard rush (Horst Muhlmann kick)
26 1971-12-05 @ CLE L, 27-31 1 4 rush Doug Dressler 4 yard rush (Horst Muhlmann kick)
27 1971-12-05 @ CLE L, 27-31 2 9 rush Fred Willis 9 yard rush (Horst Muhlmann kick)
28 1971-12-05 @ CLE L, 27-31 4 86 rush Essex Johnson 86 yard rush (Horst Muhlmann kick)
29 1971-12-12 PIT L, 13-21 2 43 pass Bruce Coslet 43 yard pass from Virgil Carter (Horst Muhlmann kick)
30 1971-12-19 @ NYJ L, 21-35 1 5 pass Chip Myers 5 yard pass from Virgil Carter (Horst Muhlmann kick)
31 1971-12-19 @ NYJ L, 21-35 3 6 rush Fred Willis 6 yard rush (Horst Muhlmann kick)
32 1971-12-19 @ NYJ L, 21-35 4 9 pass Bruce Coslet 9 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Virgil Carter run)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1971-09-19 PHI L, 14-37 2 10 pass Ben Hawkins 10 yard pass from Pete Liske (Happy Feller kick)
2 1971-09-19 PHI L, 14-37 4 15 pass Ben Hawkins 15 yard pass from Pete Liske (Happy Feller kick)
3 1971-09-26 @ PIT W, 21-10 1 16 pass Dave Smith 16 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
4 1971-09-26 @ PIT W, 21-10 3 67 punt Jon Staggers 67 yard punt return (Roy Gerela kick)
5 1971-09-26 @ PIT W, 21-10 4 13 pass Preston Pearson 13 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
6 1971-10-03 @ GNB W, 20-17 2 4 rush Donny Anderson 4 yard rush (Lou Michaels kick)
7 1971-10-03 @ GNB W, 20-17 4 19 pass Rich McGeorge 19 yard pass from Scott Hunter (Lou Michaels kick)
8 1971-10-10 MIA W, 23-13 1 43 pass Paul Warfield 43 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
9 1971-10-10 MIA W, 23-13 3 4 pass Howard Twilley 4 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
10 1971-10-17 CLE W, 27-24 3 3 rush Bo Scott 3 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
11 1971-10-17 CLE W, 27-24 4 7 pass Bo Scott 7 yard pass from Bill Nelsen (Don Cockroft kick)
12 1971-10-17 CLE W, 27-24 4 4 rush Bo Scott 4 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
13 1971-10-24 @ OAK W, 31-27 1 19 pass Raymond Chester 19 yard pass from Daryle Lamonica (George Blanda kick)
14 1971-10-24 @ OAK W, 31-27 2 7 rush Marv Hubbard 7 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
15 1971-10-24 @ OAK W, 31-27 4 17 pass Marv Hubbard 17 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
16 1971-10-24 @ OAK W, 31-27 4 1 rush Marv Hubbard 1 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
17 1971-10-31 @ HOU W, 10-6 3 48 interception Ken Houston 48 yard interception return (Mark Moseley kick)
18 1971-11-07 ATL W, 9-6 4 46 pass Art Malone 46 yard pass from Dick Shiner
19 1971-11-14 @ DEN L, 10-24 4 43 pass Dwight Harrison 43 yard pass from Steve Ramsey (Jim Turner kick)
20 1971-11-21 HOU L, 13-28 4 56 pass Charlie Joiner 56 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Mark Moseley kick)
21 1971-12-05 @ CLE W, 31-27 1 1 rush Leroy Kelly 1 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
22 1971-12-05 @ CLE W, 31-27 2 39 pass Fair Hooker 39 yard pass from Bill Nelsen (Don Cockroft kick)
23 1971-12-05 @ CLE W, 31-27 3 53 pass Frank Pitts 53 yard pass from Bill Nelsen (Don Cockroft kick)
24 1971-12-05 @ CLE W, 31-27 4 4 rush Leroy Kelly 4 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
25 1971-12-12 PIT W, 21-13 2 3 rush Terry Hanratty 3 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
26 1971-12-12 PIT W, 21-13 4 40 pass John Fuqua 40 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
27 1971-12-12 PIT W, 21-13 4 5 pass Ron Shanklin 5 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
28 1971-12-19 @ NYJ W, 35-21 1 1 rush Emerson Boozer 1 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
29 1971-12-19 @ NYJ W, 35-21 2 11 pass Rich Caster 11 yard pass from Joe Namath (Bobby Howfield kick)
30 1971-12-19 @ NYJ W, 35-21 2 74 pass Don Maynard 74 yard pass from Joe Namath (Bobby Howfield kick)
31 1971-12-19 @ NYJ W, 35-21 2 7 rush Emerson Boozer 7 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
32 1971-12-19 @ NYJ W, 35-21 3 63 rush Cliff McClain 63 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)