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1979 Cincinnati Bengals

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4-12-0, Finished 4th in AFC Central Division  · 1979 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -1.3, Offense: 3.1, Defense: -4.4, SoS: 3.9, avg is 0.0.

Scored 337 points (21.1/g), 13th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 421 points (26.3/g), 28th.
 Differential of -84 points (-5.2/g), 24th.  Expected W-L: 5.9-10.1.

Coach: Homer Rice (4-12-0)
 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
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 337 4639 1049 4.4 29 14 20 289 228 426 2310 17 15 4.7 131 560 2329 23 4.2 138
Team Defense 421 5911 1052 5.6 44 24 26 334 275 492 3692 27 20 7.0 175 528 2219 22 4.2 133
Lg Rank Offense 13 23 2 6 20 20 24 18 3 25 14 11 7 9
Lg Rank Defense 28 28 5 1 26 24 27 27 17 28 13 16 20 19

Team Games & Schedule

Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 2 boxscore L 0-1 @ Denver Broncos 0 10 16 232 137 95 22 399 200 199
2 Sun September 9 boxscore L 0-2 @ Buffalo Bills 24 51 16 335 201 134 3 23 455 246 209 2
3 Sun September 16 boxscore L 0-3 New England Patriots 14 20 17 198 32 166 1 18 332 167 165
4 Sun September 23 boxscore L OT 0-4 Houston Oilers 27 30 21 265 100 165 2 19 361 184 177 3
5 Sun September 30 boxscore L 0-5 @ Dallas Cowboys 13 38 20 285 181 104 3 24 370 176 194 1
6 Sun October 7 boxscore L 0-6 Kansas City Chiefs 7 10 14 221 66 155 2 11 200 101 99 2
7 Sun October 14 boxscore W 1-6 Pittsburgh Steelers 34 10 19 284 114 170 4 16 327 263 64 9
8 Sun October 21 boxscore L 1-7 @ Cleveland Browns 27 28 20 395 293 102 2 22 315 191 124 3
9 Sun October 28 boxscore W 2-7 Philadelphia Eagles 37 13 17 290 92 198 17 260 187 73 4
10 Sun November 4 boxscore L 2-8 @ Baltimore Colts 28 38 15 351 284 67 3 23 355 215 140
11 Sun November 11 boxscore L 2-9 San Diego Chargers 24 26 19 254 60 194 19 324 270 54 4
12 Sun November 18 boxscore L 2-10 @ Houston Oilers 21 42 17 306 106 200 6 26 485 322 163 3
13 Sun November 25 boxscore W 3-10 St. Louis Cardinals 34 28 20 342 153 189 26 480 317 163 6
14 Sun December 2 boxscore L 3-11 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 17 37 21 340 209 131 1 24 478 324 154 1
15 Sun December 9 boxscore L 3-12 @ Washington Redskins 14 28 22 345 232 113 23 420 295 125 2
16 Sun December 16 boxscore W 4-12 Cleveland Browns 16 12 15 196 50 146 2 21 350 234 116 4

Passing

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 30 QB 15 15 4-11-0 189 339 55.8 2340 16 4.7 10 2.9 73 6.9 6.5 12.4 156.0 80.7 46 324 5.24 4.90 11.9
12 Jack Thompson 23 qb 9 1 0-1-0 39 87 44.8 481 1 1.1 5 5.7 50 5.5 3.2 12.3 53.4 42.4 16 178 2.94 0.95 15.5
86 Steve Kreider 21 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 9 -9.00 -9.00 100.0
Team Total 25.1 16 4-12-0 228 426 53.5 2821 17 4.0 15 3.5 73 6.6 5.8 12.4 176.3 72.9 63 511 4.72 4.04 12.9 0 0
Opp Total 16 275 492 55.9 3908 27 5.5 20 4.1 7.9 7.21 14.2 244.3 83.1 32 216 7.0 6.4 6.1

Rushing & Receiving

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
46 Pete Johnson 25 FB 16 13 243 865 14 35 3.6 54.1 15.2 24 154 6.4 1 15 1.5 9.6 1019 15 6
45 Archie Griffin 25 RB 16 15 140 688 0 63 4.9 43.0 8.8 43 417 9.7 2 52 2.7 26.1 1105 2 3
40 Charles Alexander 22 16 3 88 286 1 17 3.3 17.9 5.5 11 91 8.3 0 13 0.7 5.7 377 1 0
22 Deacon Turner 24 KR 16 1 28 86 1 10 3.1 5.4 1.8 2 18 9.0 0 10 0.1 1.1 104 1 3
14 Ken Anderson 30 QB 15 15 28 235 2 21 8.4 15.7 1.9 235 2 1
12 Jack Thompson 23 qb 9 1 21 116 5 21 5.5 12.9 2.3 116 5 3
84 Don Bass 23 WR 16 13 4 35 0 14 8.8 2.2 0.3 58 724 12.5 3 50 3.6 45.3 759 3 0
85 Isaac Curtis 29 WR 16 14 2 -11 0 -4 -5.5 -0.7 0.1 32 605 18.9 8 67 2.0 37.8 594 8 1
86 Steve Kreider 21 15 0 2 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.1 3 20 6.7 0 8 0.2 1.3 20 0 1
52 Tom Dinkel 23 16 3 2 14 0 9 7.0 0.9 0.1 14 0 0
87 Pat McInally 26 P 16 0 1 18 0 18 18.0 1.1 0.1 1 24 24.0 0 24 0.1 1.5 42 0 0
35 Nathan Poole 23 16 0 1 -3 0 -3 -3.0 -0.2 0.1 1 -10 -10.0 0 -10 0.1 -0.6 -13 0 2
89 Dan Ross 22 TE 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 41 516 12.6 1 41 2.6 32.3 516 1 0
82 Billy Brooks 26 wr 4 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 8 214 26.8 1 73 2.0 53.5 214 1 0
81 Jim Corbett 24 10 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 34 11.3 0 15 0.3 3.4 34 0 0
83 Rick Walker 24 10 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 14 14.0 1 14 0.1 1.4 14 1 0
Team Total 25.1 16 560 2329 23 63 4.2 145.6 35.0 228 2821 12.4 17 73 14.3 176.3 5150 40 24
Opp Total 16 528 2219 22 4.2 138.7 33.0 275 3692 13.4 27 17.2 230.8 5911 49 39

Kick & Punt Returns

Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
22 Deacon Turner 24 KR 16 1 55 1149 0 36 20.9 1253
29 Vaughn Lusby 23 PR 16 0 32 260 0 40 8.1 6 92 0 28 15.3 352
88 Mike Levenseller 23 12 0 8 46 0 21 5.8 46
35 Nathan Poole 23 16 0 7 128 0 24 18.3 115
21 Jim Browner 24 16 6 6 87 0 26 14.5 87
59 Howard Kurnick 22 15 0 4 60 0 20 15.0 60
79 Ross Browner 25 RDE 16 16 2 29 0 15 14.5 29
28 Scott Burk 23 16 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
44 Ray Griffin 23 12 5 1 15 0 15 15.0 15
30 Dick Jauron 29 FS 16 13 1 10 0 10 10.0 10
Team Total 25.1 16 42 316 0 40 7.5 81 1560 0 36 19.3 7026
Opp Total 16 48 325 0 6.8 63 1258 0 20.0

Kicking & Punting

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
87 Pat McInally 26 P 16 0 89 3678 61 2 41.3
10 Chris Bahr 26 K 16 0 6 4 7 3 8 4 2 2 23 13 56.5% 42 40 95.2%
Team Total 25.1 16 6 4 7 3 8 4 2 2 23 13 56.5% 42 40 95.2% 89 3678 61 2 41.3
Opp Total 16 27 20 74.1% 52 49 94.2% 71 2812 39.6

Defense & Fumbles

Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
30 Dick Jauron 29 FS 16 13 6 41 0 12 0 0 0 3 0 0
46 Pete Johnson 25 FB 16 13 0 6 1 0 0
44 Ray Griffin 23 12 5 4 167 1 96 0 0 0 1 0 0
88 Mike Levenseller 23 12 0 0 1 3 0 0
29 Vaughn Lusby 23 PR 16 0 0 2 2 0 0
35 Nathan Poole 23 16 0 0 2 2 0 0
13 Ken Riley 32 RCB 13 13 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 31 0
12 Jack Thompson 23 qb 9 1 0 3 1 0 0
21 Jim Browner 24 16 6 1 15 0 15 0 0 0 2 0 0
24 Marvin Cobb 26 SS 14 13 3 19 0 14 0
45 Archie Griffin 25 RB 16 15 0 3 0 0 0
22 Deacon Turner 24 KR 16 1 0 3 0 0 0
75 Wilson Whitley 24 RDT 14 13 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0
57 Reggie Williams 25 RLB 12 11 2 5 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 0
28 Scott Burk 23 16 0 0 1 1 0 0
73 Eddie Edwards 25 LDT 14 14 0 0 2 0 0
59 Howard Kurnick 22 15 0 0 0 2 38 1
55 Jim LeClair 29 MLB 16 15 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 27 1
14 Ken Anderson 30 QB 15 15 0 1 0 0 0
79 Ross Browner 25 RDE 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
85 Isaac Curtis 29 WR 16 14 0 1 0 0 0
66 Mark Donahue 23 16 5 0 0 1 0 0
86 Steve Kreider 21 15 0 0 1 0 0 0
62 Dave Lapham 27 RG 16 15 0 0 1 0 0
32 Scott Perry 25 14 4 1 11 0 11 0
89 Dan Ross 22 TE 16 16 0 0 1 4 0
51 Tom Ruud 26 16 1 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 25.1 16 20 260 1 96 0 0 24 32 100 2
Opp Total 16 63 39 15

Scoring Summary

No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
46 Pete Johnson 25 FB 16 13 14 1 15 90
10 Chris Bahr 26 K 16 0 40 13 79
85 Isaac Curtis 29 WR 16 14 8 8 48
12 Jack Thompson 23 qb 9 1 5 5 30
84 Don Bass 23 WR 16 13 3 3 18
14 Ken Anderson 30 QB 15 15 2 2 12
45 Archie Griffin 25 RB 16 15 2 2 12
40 Charles Alexander 22 16 3 1 1 6
82 Billy Brooks 26 wr 4 4 1 1 6
44 Ray Griffin 23 12 5 1 1 6
59 Howard Kurnick 22 15 0 1 1 6
55 Jim LeClair 29 MLB 16 15 1 1 6
89 Dan Ross 22 TE 16 16 1 1 6
22 Deacon Turner 24 KR 16 1 1 1 6
83 Rick Walker 24 10 0 1 1 6
Team Total 25.1 16 23 17 2 1 43 40 13 337
Opp Total 16 22 27 2 49 20 421