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1972 Cincinnati Bengals

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8-6-0, Finished 3rd in AFC Central Division  · 1972 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 4.1, Offense: 1.2, Defense: 3.0, SoS: -0.9, avg is 0.0.

Scored 299 points (21.4/g), 13th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 229 points (16.4/g), 5th.
 Differential of 70 points (5.0/g), 9th.  Expected W-L: 9.1-4.9.

Coach: Paul Brown (8-6-0)
 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
Pts Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 299 4317 899 4.8 29 18 21 255 219 384 2321 10 11 5.7 122 491 1996 16 4.1 112
Team Defense 229 3552 794 4.5 29 9 17 207 167 350 1737 11 20 4.5 92 406 1815 11 4.5 98
Lg Rank Offense 13 9 7 20 6 4 9 21 2 13 12 14 11 13
Lg Rank Defense 5 3 17 24 3 15 4 5 11 1 3 12 7 21

Team Games & Schedule

Score Offense Defense
Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 17 boxscore W 1-0 @ New England Patriots 31 7 21 357 111 246 9 137 83 54 3
2 Sun September 24 boxscore W 2-0 Pittsburgh Steelers 15 10 13 269 148 121 4 14 205 131 74 3
3 Sun October 1 boxscore L 2-1 @ Cleveland Browns 6 27 19 331 203 128 4 14 289 180 109
4 Sun October 8 boxscore W 3-1 Denver Broncos 21 10 13 199 109 90 1 11 167 37 130
5 Sun October 15 boxscore W 4-1 @ Kansas City Chiefs 23 16 11 251 182 69 2 22 320 197 123 2
6 Sun October 22 boxscore L 4-2 @ Los Angeles Rams 12 15 20 283 110 173 2 9 149 94 55 3
7 Sun October 29 boxscore W 5-2 Houston Oilers 30 7 29 496 252 244 2 10 145 47 98 2
8 Sun November 5 boxscore L 5-3 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 17 40 21 366 221 145 3 20 415 185 230
9 Sun November 12 boxscore L 5-4 Oakland Raiders 14 20 14 233 144 89 1 24 381 88 293 2
10 Sun November 19 boxscore L 5-5 Baltimore Colts 19 20 17 267 186 81 1 17 306 163 143 1
11 Sun November 26 boxscore W 6-5 @ Chicago Bears 13 3 13 271 113 158 2 9 216 106 110 2
12 Sun December 3 boxscore W 7-5 New York Giants 13 10 15 317 212 105 2 16 267 112 155 4
13 Sat December 9 boxscore L 7-6 Cleveland Browns 24 27 25 334 140 194 4 15 259 150 109 2
14 Sun December 17 boxscore W 8-6 @ Houston Oilers 61 17 24 343 190 153 1 17 296 164 132 5

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. 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 Yds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
14 Ken Anderson 23 QB 13 13 7-6-0 171 301 56.8 1918 7 2.3 7 2.3 65 6.4 5.8 11.2 147.5 74.0 18 155 5.53 4.98 5.6 2 2
11 Virgil Carter 27 qb 10 1 1-0-0 47 82 57.3 579 3 3.7 4 4.9 36 7.1 5.6 12.3 57.9 71.1 6 37 6.16 4.80 6.8
33 Fred Willis 25 5 5 1 1 100.0 16 0 0.0 0 0.0 16 16.0 16.0 16.0 3.2 118.7 0 0 16.00 16.00 0.0
Team Total 25.3 14 8-6-0 219 384 57.0 2513 10 2.6 11 2.9 65 6.5 5.8 11.5 179.5 73.6 24 192 5.69 4.97 5.9 2 2
Opp Total 14 167 350 47.7 2033 11 3.1 20 5.7 5.8 3.87 12.2 145.2 52.7 38 296 4.5 2.7 9.8

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Rushing Receiving
No. 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
19 Essex Johnson 26 RB 14 11 212 825 4 19 3.9 58.9 15.1 29 420 14.5 2 65 2.1 30.0 1245 6 4
44 Doug Dressler 24 FB 14 0 128 565 6 43 4.4 40.4 9.1 39 348 8.9 1 33 2.8 24.9 913 7 4
30 Jess Phillips 25 13 3 48 207 1 20 4.3 15.9 3.7 10 50 5.0 0 15 0.8 3.8 257 1 1
33 Fred Willis 25 5 5 42 127 0 12 3.0 25.4 8.4 9 46 5.1 0 10 1.8 9.2 173 0 1
14 Ken Anderson 23 QB 13 13 22 94 3 18 4.3 7.2 1.7 94 3 5
18 Paul Robinson 28 4 0 21 94 0 15 4.5 23.5 5.3 94 0 0
11 Virgil Carter 27 qb 10 1 12 57 2 14 4.8 5.7 1.2 57 2 2
38 Steve Conley 23 1 0 3 8 0 5 2.7 8.0 3.0 8 0 0
18 Charlie Joiner 25 6 4 1 2 0 2 2.0 0.3 0.2 8 133 16.6 0 25 1.3 22.2 135 0 1
15 Dave Lewis 27 P 14 0 1 15 0 15 15.0 1.1 0.1 15 0 0
26 Reece Morrison 27 6 0 1 2 0 2 2.0 0.3 0.2 2 0 0
25 Chip Myers* 27 WR 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 57 792 13.9 3 42 4.1 56.6 792 3 0
84 Bob Trumpy 27 TE 12 12 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 44 500 11.4 2 38 3.7 41.7 500 2 0
17 Speedy Thomas 25 WR 11 10 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 17 171 10.1 1 18 1.5 15.5 171 1 1
88 Bruce Coslet 26 10 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 5 48 9.6 1 17 0.5 4.8 48 1 0
89 Drew Buie 25 4 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 5 5.0 0 5 0.3 1.3 5 0 0
Team Total 25.3 14 491 1996 16 43 4.1 142.6 35.1 219 2513 11.5 10 65 15.6 179.5 4509 26 28
Opp Total 14 406 1815 11 4.5 129.6 29.0 167 1737 10.4 11 11.9 124.1 3552 22 30

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
37 Tommy Casanova 22 FS/PR 14 14 30 289 1 66 9.6 1 34 0 34 34.0 323
20 Lemar Parrish 25 LCB 14 14 15 141 1 51 9.4 15 348 0 45 23.2 489
23 Bernard Jackson 22 KR 14 2 21 509 0 62 24.2 509
18 Charlie Joiner 25 6 4 5 88 0 25 17.6 223
19 Essex Johnson 26 RB 14 11 2 7 0 7 3.5 1 13 0 13 13.0 1265
63 Guy Dennis 25 13 0 1 11 0 11 11.0 11
87 Mike Kelly 24 13 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
15 Dave Lewis 27 P 14 0 1 15 0 15 15.0 30
Team Total 25.3 14 47 437 2 66 9.3 46 1018 0 62 22.1 5964
Opp Total 14 26 152 0 5.8 44 984 0 22.4

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Tot PAT Punting
No. 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
16 Horst Muhlmann 32 K 14 0 7 6 10 6 12 9 8 5 3 1 40 27 67.5% 31 30 96.8%
15 Dave Lewis 27 P 14 0 66 2777 60 0 42.1
Team Total 25.3 14 7 6 10 6 12 9 8 5 3 1 40 27 67.5% 31 30 96.8% 66 2777 60 0 42.1
Opp Total 14 29 20 69.0% 24 23 95.8% 84 3562 42.4

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
20 Lemar Parrish 25 LCB 14 14 5 90 2 33 0 0 4 1 -19 0
14 Ken Anderson 23 QB 13 13 0 5 0 -20 0
37 Tommy Casanova 22 FS/PR 14 14 5 108 0 33 0
19 Essex Johnson 26 RB 14 11 0 4 1 0 0
58 Al Beauchamp 28 LLB 14 13 1 8 0 8 0 0 1 2 0 0
34 Neal Craig 24 SS 14 0 2 76 1 63 0 0 0 2 0 0
44 Doug Dressler 24 FB 14 0 0 4 0 0 0
52 Doug Adams 23 14 3 3 44 0 19 0
11 Virgil Carter 27 qb 10 1 0 2 1 -6 0
23 Bernard Jackson 22 KR 14 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
13 Ken Riley 25 RCB 12 12 3 0 0 0 0
66 Bill Bergey 27 MLB 12 11 0 0 2 0 0
17 Speedy Thomas 25 WR 11 10 0 1 1 0 0
75 Stan Walters 24 LT 8 8 0 0 2 0 0
70 Ron Carpenter 24 14 4 0 0 1 0 0
79 Steve Chomyszak 28 RDT 13 10 0 0 1 0 0
38 Steve Conley 23 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
54 Bob Johnson 26 C 14 14 0 1 0 -3 0
18 Charlie Joiner 25 6 4 0 1 0 0 0
87 Mike Kelly 24 13 0 0 1 0 0 0
55 Jim LeClair 22 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
30 Jess Phillips 25 13 3 0 1 0 0 0
83 Sherman White 24 RDE 13 13 0 0 1 0 0 1
33 Fred Willis 25 5 5 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 25.3 14 20 326 3 63 0 0 28 17 -48 0 1
Opp Total 14 24 30 21 1

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
16 Horst Muhlmann 32 K 14 0 30 27 111
44 Doug Dressler 24 FB 14 0 6 1 7 42
19 Essex Johnson 26 RB 14 11 4 2 6 36
14 Ken Anderson 23 QB 13 13 3 3 18
25 Chip Myers* 27 WR 14 14 3 3 18
20 Lemar Parrish 25 LCB 14 14 1 2 3 18
11 Virgil Carter 27 qb 10 1 2 2 12
84 Bob Trumpy 27 TE 12 12 2 2 12
37 Tommy Casanova 22 FS/PR 14 14 1 1 6
88 Bruce Coslet 26 10 0 1 1 6
34 Neal Craig 24 SS 14 0 1 1 6
30 Jess Phillips 25 13 3 1 1 6
17 Speedy Thomas 25 WR 11 10 1 1 6
83 Sherman White 24 RDE 13 13 1 2
Team Total 25.3 14 16 10 2 3 31 30 27 1 299
Opp Total 14 11 11 1 23 20 1 229