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1978 Cincinnati Bengals

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4-12-0, Finished 4th in AFC Central Division  · 1978 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -1.3, Offense: -2.7, Defense: 1.3, SoS: 0.7, avg is 0.0.

Scored 252 points (15.8/g), 21st of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 284 points (17.8/g), 12th.
 Differential of -32 points (-2.0/g), 21st.  Expected W-L: 6.9-9.1.

Coach: Bill Johnson (0-5-0) and Homer Rice (4-7-0)
 Defensive Coordinator: Howard Brinker

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

Team Info

Principal Owner/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 252 4872 1034 4.7 49 19 25 271 250 470 2741 14 30 5.4 141 526 2131 10 4.1 105
Team Defense 284 4632 1036 4.5 37 17 30 269 193 396 2236 14 20 5.2 118 607 2396 16 3.9 121
Lg Rank Offense 21 11 24 18 17 5 10 20 23 15 25 18 25 12
Lg Rank Defense 12 10 20 14 9 5 3 8 22 10 22 19 16 17

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 3 boxscore L 0-1 Kansas City Chiefs 23 24 12 205 128 77 3 26 388 121 267 2
2 Sun September 10 boxscore L OT 0-2 @ Cleveland Browns 10 13 14 277 162 115 1 20 355 186 169 1
3 Sun September 17 boxscore L 0-3 Pittsburgh Steelers 3 28 9 179 123 56 2 26 447 235 212 4
4 Sun September 24 boxscore L 0-4 New Orleans Saints 18 20 14 283 117 166 1 12 254 180 74 2
5 Sun October 1 boxscore L 0-5 @ San Francisco 49ers 12 28 18 322 219 103 8 11 179 66 113 2
6 Mon October 9 boxscore L 0-6 @ Miami Dolphins 0 21 15 247 153 94 5 18 335 152 183 3
7 Sun October 15 boxscore L 0-7 New England Patriots 3 10 17 279 206 73 3 19 298 162 136 2
8 Sun October 22 boxscore L 0-8 @ Buffalo Bills 0 5 16 244 103 141 5 12 226 56 170
9 Sun October 29 boxscore W 1-8 Houston Oilers 28 13 18 436 247 189 1 15 255 118 137 2
10 Sun November 5 boxscore L 1-9 @ San Diego Chargers 13 22 12 248 92 156 3 20 322 149 173
11 Mon November 13 boxscore L 1-10 Oakland Raiders 21 34 27 448 355 93 7 11 201 103 98
12 Sun November 19 boxscore L 1-11 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 6 7 15 246 149 97 5 14 154 84 70 5
13 Sun November 26 boxscore L 1-12 @ Houston Oilers 10 17 19 237 95 142 17 301 148 153 2
14 Sun December 3 boxscore W 2-12 Atlanta Falcons 37 7 20 360 137 223 10 174 91 83 3
15 Mon December 11 boxscore W 3-12 @ Los Angeles Rams 20 19 18 367 206 161 2 21 415 279 136 3
16 Sun December 17 boxscore W 4-12 Cleveland Browns 48 16 27 494 249 245 3 17 328 106 222 6

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
14 Ken Anderson 29 QB 12 12 4-8-0 173 319 54.2% 2219 10 3.1 22 6.9 57 7.0 4.5 12.8 184.9 58.0 30 237 5.68 3.42 8.6 1 1
11 John Reaves 28 qb 9 4 0-4-0 74 144 51.4% 790 3 2.1 8 5.6 51 5.5 3.4 10.7 87.8 51.6 8 61 4.80 2.82 5.3
16 Rob Hertel 23 3 0 1 4 25.0% 9 0 0.0 0 0.0 9 2.3 2.3 9.0 3.0 39.6 0 0 2.25 2.25 0.0
45 Archie Griffin 24 RB 16 8 2 3 66.7% 21 1 33.3 0 0.0 18 7.0 13.7 10.5 1.3 126.4 0 0 7.00 13.67 0.0
Team Total 25.1 16 4-12-0 250 470 53.2% 3039 14 3.0 30 6.4 57 6.5 4.2 12.2 189.9 56.7 38 298 5.40 3.29 7.5 1 1
Opp Total 16 193 396 48.7% 2520 14 3.5 20 5.1 6.4 4.80 13.1 157.5 60.0 33 284 5.2 3.8 7.7

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
46 Pete Johnson 24 FB 16 10 180 762 7 50 4.2 47.6 11.3 31 236 7.6 0 34 1.9 14.8 998 7 4
45 Archie Griffin 24 RB 16 8 132 484 0 30 3.7 30.3 8.3 35 284 8.1 3 27 2.2 17.8 768 3 6
22 Deacon Turner 23 rb 16 5 84 333 0 65 4.0 20.8 5.3 11 50 4.5 0 8 0.7 3.1 383 0 4
42 Boobie Clark 28 14 6 40 187 0 20 4.7 13.4 2.9 11 73 6.6 0 26 0.8 5.2 260 0 1
36 Lenvil Elliott 27 10 3 29 75 0 12 2.6 7.5 2.9 12 100 8.3 0 18 1.2 10.0 175 0 1
14 Ken Anderson 29 QB 12 12 29 167 1 16 5.8 13.9 2.4 167 1 8
25 Tony Davis 25 14 0 21 57 2 15 2.7 4.1 1.5 2 23 11.5 0 14 0.1 1.6 80 2 2
11 John Reaves 28 qb 9 4 6 50 0 20 8.3 5.6 0.7 50 0 2
85 Isaac Curtis 28 WR 16 16 1 1 0 1 1.0 0.1 0.1 47 737 15.7 3 57 2.9 46.1 738 3 2
84 Don Bass 22 TE 16 8 1 -4 0 -4 -4.0 -0.3 0.1 27 447 16.6 4 51 1.7 27.9 443 4 1
83 Dennis Law 23 PR 14 2 1 -1 0 -1 -1.0 -0.1 0.1 5 81 16.2 0 20 0.4 5.8 80 0 1
52 Tom Dinkel 22 16 6 1 20 0 20 20.0 1.3 0.1 20 0 0
16 Rob Hertel 23 3 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0 0 1
82 Billy Brooks 25 WR 15 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 30 506 16.9 2 45 2.0 33.7 506 2 0
87 Pat McInally 25 P 16 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 15 189 12.6 0 49 0.9 11.8 189 0 0
81 Jim Corbett 23 16 5 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 12 187 15.6 0 51 0.8 11.7 187 0 0
88 Rick Walker 23 15 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 12 126 10.5 2 28 0.8 8.4 126 2 1
Team Total 25.1 16 526 2131 10 65 4.1 133.2 32.9 250 3039 12.2 14 57 15.6 189.9 5170 24 36
Opp Total 16 607 2396 16 3.9 149.8 37.9 193 2236 11.6 14 12.1 139.8 4632 30 36

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
44 Ray Griffin 22 KR 15 0 37 787 0 39 21.3 787
83 Dennis Law 23 PR 14 2 25 106 0 17 4.2 2 30 0 17 15.0 216
25 Tony Davis 25 14 0 22 130 0 12 5.9 3 51 0 21 17.0 261
84 Don Bass 22 TE 16 8 3 8 0 7 2.7 7 138 0 33 19.7 589
34 Louis Breeden 25 LCB 16 16 6 -12 0 1 -2.0 1 12 0 12 12.0 0
45 Archie Griffin 24 RB 16 8 4 94 0 26 23.5 862
30 Dick Jauron 28 16 6 3 32 0 15 10.7 32
42 Boobie Clark 28 14 6 1 11 0 11 11.0 271
81 Jim Corbett 23 16 5 1 15 0 15 15.0 202
22 Deacon Turner 23 rb 16 5 1 24 0 24 24.0 407
78 Ted Vincent 22 16 0 1 2 0 2 2.0 2
Team Total 25.1 16 59 264 0 17 4.5 58 1164 0 39 20.1 6598
Opp Total 16 58 564 0 9.7 49 1105 0 22.6

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
87 Pat McInally 25 P 16 1 91 3919 65 0 43.1
10 Chris Bahr 25 K 16 0 7 5 8 4 12 6 3 1 30 16 53.3%% 29 26 89.7%% 4 108 41 0 27.0
Team Total 25.1 16 7 5 8 4 12 6 3 1 30 16 53.3%% 29 26 89.7%% 95 4027 65 0 42.4
Opp Total 16 23 16 69.6%% 34 30 88.2%% 108 4493 41.6

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
14 Ken Anderson 29 QB 12 12 0 8 3 -8 0
45 Archie Griffin 24 RB 16 8 0 6 3 0 0
34 Louis Breeden 25 LCB 16 16 3 25 0 18 0 0 2 1 0 0
46 Pete Johnson 24 FB 16 10 0 4 2 -2 0
22 Deacon Turner 23 rb 16 5 0 4 1 0 0
52 Tom Dinkel 22 16 6 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0
30 Dick Jauron 28 16 6 4 52 1 24 0
32 Scott Perry 24 FS 13 10 3 59 2 39 0 0 0 1 0 0
13 Ken Riley 31 RCB 16 16 3 33 0 17 0 0 0 1 0 0
79 Ross Browner 24 RDE 11 9 0 0 3 21 0
25 Tony Davis 25 14 0 0 2 1 0 0
73 Eddie Edwards 24 RDT 16 16 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0
84 Don Bass 22 TE 16 8 0 1 1 0 1
85 Isaac Curtis 28 WR 16 16 0 2 0 0 0
62 Dave Lapham 26 RG 16 16 0 0 2 0 0
83 Dennis Law 23 PR 14 2 0 1 1 0 0
11 John Reaves 28 qb 9 4 0 2 0 -17 0
75 Wilson Whitley 23 LDT 16 16 0 0 2 10 0
57 Reggie Williams 24 RLB 16 15 1 11 0 11 0 0 0 1 30 0
74 Glenn Bujnoch 25 LG 16 15 0 0 1 0 0
42 Boobie Clark 28 14 6 0 1 0 0 0
24 Marvin Cobb 25 SS 16 15 1 13 0 13 0
36 Lenvil Elliott 27 10 3 0 1 0 0 0
44 Ray Griffin 22 KR 15 0 0 0 1 0 0
53 Bo Harris 25 8 0 0 0 1 0 0
16 Rob Hertel 23 3 0 0 1 0 -5 0
76 Vern Holland 30 RT 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
54 Bob Johnson 32 13 0 0 0 1 0 0
55 Jim LeClair 28 MLB 16 16 1 11 0 11 0
21 Melvin Morgan 25 15 1 1 64 0 64 0
59 Ron Shumon 23 13 0 1 48 0 48 0
88 Rick Walker 23 15 3 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 25.1 16 20 319 3 64 0 0 36 33 29 1 1
Opp Total 16 38 36 19 1

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
10 Chris Bahr 25 K 16 0 26 16 74
46 Pete Johnson 24 FB 16 10 7 7 42
84 Don Bass 22 TE 16 8 4 1 5 30
85 Isaac Curtis 28 WR 16 16 3 3 18
45 Archie Griffin 24 RB 16 8 3 3 18
32 Scott Perry 24 FS 13 10 2 1 3 18
82 Billy Brooks 25 WR 15 13 2 2 12
25 Tony Davis 25 14 0 2 2 12
88 Rick Walker 23 15 3 2 2 12
14 Ken Anderson 29 QB 12 12 1 1 6
30 Dick Jauron 28 16 6 1 1 6
67 Gary Burley 26 LDE 16 16 1 2
Team Total 25.1 16 10 14 1 3 1 29 26 16 2 250
Opp Total 16 16 14 2 2 30 16 1 284

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1978-09-03 KAN L, 23-24 2 0 fumble Don Bass 0 yard fumble return
2 1978-09-03 KAN L, 23-24 4 26 pass Archie Griffin 26 yard pass from John Reaves (Chris Bahr kick)
3 1978-09-03 KAN L, 23-24 4 25 blocked punt Scott Perry 25 yard blocked punt return (Chris Bahr kick)
4 1978-09-10 @ CLE L, 10-13 1 51 pass Don Bass 51 yard pass from John Reaves (Chris Bahr kick)
5 1978-09-24 NOR L, 18-20 2 12 pass Don Bass 12 yard pass from John Reaves (Chris Bahr kick)
6 1978-10-01 @ SFO L, 12-28 3 9 pass Billy Brooks 9 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Chris Bahr kick)
7 1978-10-29 HOU W, 28-13 1 1 rush Pete Johnson 1 yard rush (Chris Bahr kick)
8 1978-10-29 HOU W, 28-13 3 1 rush Tony Davis 1 yard rush (Chris Bahr kick)
9 1978-10-29 HOU W, 28-13 3 1 rush Pete Johnson 1 yard rush (Chris Bahr kick)
10 1978-10-29 HOU W, 28-13 4 45 pass Isaac Curtis 45 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Chris Bahr kick)
11 1978-11-05 @ SDG L, 13-22 4 3 pass Rick Walker 3 yard pass from Ken Anderson
12 1978-11-05 @ SDG L, 13-22 4 19 pass Billy Brooks 19 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Chris Bahr kick)
13 1978-11-13 OAK L, 21-34 2 4 rush Pete Johnson 4 yard rush (Chris Bahr kick)
14 1978-11-13 OAK L, 21-34 4 25 pass Isaac Curtis 25 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Chris Bahr kick)
15 1978-11-13 OAK L, 21-34 4 10 pass Archie Griffin 10 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Chris Bahr kick)
16 1978-11-26 @ HOU L, 10-17 1 7 pass Don Bass 7 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Chris Bahr kick)
17 1978-12-03 ATL W, 37-7 2 3 rush Pete Johnson 3 yard rush (Chris Bahr kick)
18 1978-12-03 ATL W, 37-7 3 39 interception Scott Perry 39 yard interception return
19 1978-12-03 ATL W, 37-7 3 24 interception Dick Jauron 24 yard interception return (Chris Bahr kick)
20 1978-12-03 ATL W, 37-7 4 50 rush Pete Johnson 50 yard rush (Chris Bahr kick)
21 1978-12-03 ATL W, 37-7 4 32 rush Tony Davis 32 yard rush (Chris Bahr kick)
22 1978-12-11 @ RAM W, 20-19 2 46 pass Isaac Curtis 46 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Chris Bahr kick)
23 1978-12-11 @ RAM W, 20-19 2 2 rush Pete Johnson 2 yard rush (Chris Bahr kick)
24 1978-12-17 CLE W, 48-16 2 40 pass Don Bass 40 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Chris Bahr kick)
25 1978-12-17 CLE W, 48-16 2 6 pass Archie Griffin 6 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Chris Bahr kick)
26 1978-12-17 CLE W, 48-16 3 3 pass Rick Walker 3 yard pass from Archie Griffin (Chris Bahr kick)
27 1978-12-17 CLE W, 48-16 4 3 rush Ken Anderson 3 yard rush (Chris Bahr kick)
28 1978-12-17 CLE W, 48-16 4 12 rush Pete Johnson 12 yard rush (Chris Bahr kick)
29 1978-12-17 CLE W, 48-16 4 16 interception Scott Perry 16 yard interception return (Chris Bahr kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1978-09-03 KAN W, 24-23 1 1 rush Tony Reed 1 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
2 1978-09-03 KAN W, 24-23 2 26 rush Ted McKnight 26 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
3 1978-09-03 KAN W, 24-23 3 4 rush Arnold Morgado 4 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
4 1978-09-10 @ CLE W, 13-10 4 13 pass Reggie Rucker 13 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Don Cockroft kick)
5 1978-09-17 PIT W, 28-3 1 5 rush Rocky Bleier 5 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
6 1978-09-17 PIT W, 28-3 1 15 rush Franco Harris 15 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
7 1978-09-17 PIT W, 28-3 2 26 pass Bennie Cunningham 26 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
8 1978-09-17 PIT W, 28-3 3 12 pass Lynn Swann 12 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
9 1978-09-24 NOR W, 20-18 2 5 rush Mike Strachan 5 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
10 1978-09-24 NOR W, 20-18 4 5 rush Mike Strachan 5 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
11 1978-10-01 @ SFO W, 28-12 1 24 pass Elmo Boyd 24 yard pass from Steve DeBerg (Ray Wersching kick)
12 1978-10-01 @ SFO W, 28-12 2 9 pass O.J. Simpson 9 yard pass from Steve DeBerg (Ray Wersching kick)
13 1978-10-01 @ SFO W, 28-12 2 30 interception Tony Leonard 30 yard interception return (Ray Wersching kick)
14 1978-10-01 @ SFO W, 28-12 4 28 rush Paul Hofer 28 yard rush (Ray Wersching kick)
15 1978-10-09 @ MIA W, 21-0 1 3 pass Duriel Harris 3 yard pass from Don Strock (Garo Yepremian kick)
16 1978-10-09 @ MIA W, 21-0 2 27 pass Jimmy Cefalo 27 yard pass from Don Strock (Garo Yepremian kick)
17 1978-10-09 @ MIA W, 21-0 2 13 fumble Bob Baumhower 13 yard fumble return (Garo Yepremian kick)
18 1978-10-15 NWE W, 10-3 4 3 rush Sam Cunningham 3 yard rush (David Posey kick)
19 1978-10-29 HOU L, 13-28 4 16 pass Ken Burrough 16 yard pass from Dan Pastorini
20 1978-10-29 HOU L, 13-28 4 6 pass Mike Renfro 6 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Toni Fritsch kick)
21 1978-11-05 @ SDG W, 22-13 3 16 pass Bob Klein 16 yard pass from Dan Fouts (Rolf Benirschke kick)
22 1978-11-05 @ SDG W, 22-13 3 21 interception Mike Fuller 21 yard interception return
23 1978-11-13 OAK W, 34-21 1 32 fumble Neal Colzie 32 yard fumble return
24 1978-11-13 OAK W, 34-21 2 5 pass Raymond Chester 5 yard pass from Ken Stabler (Errol Mann kick)
25 1978-11-13 OAK W, 34-21 2 25 pass Dave Casper 25 yard pass from Ken Stabler (Errol Mann kick)
26 1978-11-13 OAK W, 34-21 3 11 pass Morris Bradshaw 11 yard pass from Ken Stabler (Errol Mann kick)
27 1978-11-13 OAK W, 34-21 4 11 rush Mark van Eeghen 11 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
28 1978-11-19 @ PIT W, 7-6 2 1 rush Rocky Bleier 1 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
29 1978-11-26 @ HOU W, 17-10 2 4 rush Ronnie Coleman 4 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
30 1978-11-26 @ HOU W, 17-10 2 47 pass Rich Caster 47 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Toni Fritsch kick)
31 1978-12-03 ATL L, 7-37 2 1 rush Ricky Patton 1 yard rush (Tim Mazzetti kick)
32 1978-12-11 @ RAM L, 19-20 1 14 rush Terry Nelson 14 yard rush (Frank Corral kick)
33 1978-12-17 CLE L, 16-48 1 5 rush Mark Miller 5 yard rush
34 1978-12-17 CLE L, 16-48 3 70 rush Greg Pruitt 70 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)