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1981 Cincinnati Bengals

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12-4-0, Finished 1st in AFC Central Division  · 1981 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 5.5, Offense: 4.5, Defense: 1.0, SoS: -1.8, avg is 0.0.

Scored 421 points (26.3/g), 3rd of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 304 points (19.0/g), 12th.
 Differential of 117 points (7.3/g), 2nd.  Expected W-L: 10.9-5.1.

Coach: Forrest Gregg (12-4-0)
 Defensive Coordinator: Hank Bullough
 Other Notable Asst.: Dick LeBeau (Defensive Backs)

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

Team Info

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

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 421 5968 1078 5.5 24 12 27 361 332 550 3995 30 12 6.8 210 493 1973 19 4.0 124
Team Defense 304 5289 1055 5.0 37 18 31 324 316 548 3408 24 19 5.8 167 465 1881 12 4.0 126
Lg Rank Offense 3 2 1 2 3 5 3 2 1 3 18 17 7 17
Lg Rank Defense 12 12 16 12 21 25 22 20 16 10 3 9 8 16

Team Games & Schedule

Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 6 boxscore W 1-0 Seattle Seahawks 27 21 24 375 165 210 4 17 290 230 60 4
2 Sun September 13 boxscore W 2-0 @ New York Jets 31 30 22 310 233 77 1 19 388 224 164 1
3 Sun September 20 boxscore L 2-1 Cleveland Browns 17 20 15 281 233 48 31 422 237 185
4 Sun September 27 boxscore W OT 3-1 Buffalo Bills 27 24 30 429 316 113 2 25 389 287 102 1
5 Sun October 4 boxscore L 3-2 @ Houston Oilers 10 17 20 357 282 75 1 11 187 -4 191 1
6 Sun October 11 boxscore W 4-2 @ Baltimore Colts 41 19 24 378 257 121 22 350 294 56 4
7 Sun October 18 boxscore W 5-2 Pittsburgh Steelers 34 7 25 494 330 164 10 205 140 65 1
8 Sun October 25 boxscore L 5-3 @ New Orleans Saints 7 17 15 205 171 34 2 18 336 170 166 1
9 Sun November 1 boxscore W 6-3 Houston Oilers 34 21 25 422 266 156 1 21 433 301 132 4
10 Sun November 8 boxscore W 7-3 @ San Diego Chargers 40 17 29 461 337 124 2 25 447 311 136 5
11 Sun November 15 boxscore W 8-3 Los Angeles Rams 24 10 17 233 87 146 1 21 296 189 107 4
12 Sun November 22 boxscore W 9-3 Denver Broncos 38 21 25 571 387 184 1 17 337 269 68 4
13 Sun November 29 boxscore W 10-3 @ Cleveland Browns 41 21 24 356 226 130 23 349 224 125 3
14 Sun December 6 boxscore L 10-4 San Francisco 49ers 3 21 24 345 190 155 6 24 325 179 146 1
15 Sun December 13 boxscore W 11-4 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 17 10 19 318 215 103 2 14 207 120 87 2
16 Sun December 20 boxscore W 12-4 @ Atlanta Falcons 30 28 23 433 300 133 1 26 328 237 91 1
Playoffs
Division Sun January 3 boxscore W 13-4 Buffalo Bills 28 21 22 305 169 136 21 336 202 134 2
ConfChamp Sun January 10 boxscore W 14-4 San Diego Chargers 27 7 19 318 175 143 1 18 301 173 128 4
SuperBowl Sun January 24 boxscore L 14-5 N San Francisco 49ers 21 26 24 356 284 72 4 20 275 148 127 1

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*+ 32 QB 16 16 12-4-0 300 479 62.6 3754 29 6.1 10 2.1 74 7.8 8.1 12.5 234.6 98.4 25 140 7.17 7.43 5.0 2 3
12 Jack Thompson 25 8 0 21 49 42.9 267 1 2.0 2 4.1 21 5.4 4.0 12.7 33.4 50.3 7 61 3.68 2.43 12.5
15 Turk Schonert 24 4 0 10 19 52.6 166 0 0.0 0 0.0 36 8.7 8.7 16.6 41.5 82.3 3 4 7.36 7.36 13.6 1 1
86 Steve Kreider 23 wr 16 1 1 3 33.3 13 0 0.0 0 0.0 13 4.3 4.3 13.0 0.8 47.9 0 0 4.33 4.33 0.0
Team Total 26.0 16 12-4-0 332 550 60.4 4200 30 5.5 12 2.2 74 7.6 7.7 12.7 262.5 93.3 35 205 6.83 6.93 6.0 3 4
Opp Total 16 316 548 57.7 3757 24 4.4 19 3.5 6.9 6.17 11.9 234.8 78.9 42 349 5.8 5.1 7.1

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* 27 FB 16 16 274 1077 12 39 3.9 67.3 17.1 46 320 7.0 4 33 2.9 20.0 1397 16 4
40 Charles Alexander 24 RB 15 14 98 292 2 16 3.0 19.5 6.5 28 262 9.4 1 65 1.9 17.5 554 3 0
45 Archie Griffin 27 rb 16 2 47 163 3 23 3.5 10.2 2.9 20 160 8.0 1 17 1.3 10.0 323 4 0
14 Ken Anderson*+ 32 QB 16 16 46 320 1 25 7.0 20.0 2.9 320 1 5
36 Jimmy Hargrove 24 15 0 16 66 1 27 4.1 4.4 1.1 1 0 0.0 0 0 0.1 0.0 66 1 1
15 Turk Schonert 24 4 0 7 41 0 19 5.9 10.3 1.8 41 0 1
81 David Verser 23 KR 16 0 2 11 0 9 5.5 0.7 0.1 6 161 26.8 2 73 0.4 10.1 172 2 2
86 Steve Kreider 23 wr 16 1 1 21 0 21 21.0 1.3 0.1 37 520 14.1 5 46 2.3 32.5 541 5 2
87 Pat McInally*+ 28 P 16 1 1 -27 0 -27 -27.0 -1.7 0.1 6 68 11.3 0 20 0.4 4.3 41 0 0
84 Don Bass 25 6 0 1 9 0 9 9.0 1.5 0.2 9 0 0
89 Dan Ross 24 TE 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 71 910 12.8 5 37 4.4 56.9 910 5 3
80 Cris Collinsworth* 22 WR 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 67 1009 15.1 8 74 4.2 63.1 1009 8 3
85 Isaac Curtis 31 WR 15 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 37 609 16.5 2 68 2.5 40.6 609 2 1
83 M.L. Harris 27 15 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 13 181 13.9 2 42 0.9 12.1 181 2 1
Team Total 26.0 16 493 1973 19 39 4.0 123.3 30.8 332 4200 12.7 30 74 20.8 262.5 6173 49 25
Opp Total 16 465 1881 12 4.0 117.6 29.1 316 3408 10.8 24 19.8 213.0 5289 36 32

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
81 David Verser 23 KR 16 0 29 691 0 78 23.8 863
42 Mike Fuller 28 PR/ss 15 6 23 177 0 34 7.7 1 34 0 34 34.0 211
24 Clarence Chapman 28 5 0 8 171 0 29 21.4 171
45 Archie Griffin 27 rb 16 2 6 119 0 28 19.8 442
25 John Simmons 23 11 0 5 24 0 11 4.8 1 10 0 10 10.0 34
44 Ray Griffin 25 db 8 2 2 31 0 17 15.5 31
52 Tom Dinkel 25 16 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
27 Bryan Hicks 24 FS 16 12 1 4 0 4 4.0 4
26 Bobby Kemp 22 SS 16 10 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
Team Total 26.0 16 29 205 0 34 7.1 49 1056 0 78 21.6 7434
Opp Total 16 42 416 0 9.9 80 1612 1 20.2

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
10 Jim Breech 25 K 16 0 11 9 9 7 11 5 1 1 32 22 68.8% 51 49 96.1%
87 Pat McInally*+ 28 P 16 1 72 3272 62 1 45.4
Team Total 26.0 16 11 9 9 7 11 5 1 1 32 22 68.8% 51 49 96.1% 72 3272 62 1 45.4
Opp Total 16 21 12 57.1% 38 38 100.0% 81 3264 40.3

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
14 Ken Anderson*+ 32 QB 16 16 0 5 2 -20 0
57 Reggie Williams 27 ROLB 16 16 4 33 0 14 0 0 0 3 0 0
13 Ken Riley 34 RCB 16 16 5 6 0 6 0 0 0 1 0 0
34 Louis Breeden 28 LCB 16 16 4 145 1 102 0 0 0 1 10 0
46 Pete Johnson* 27 FB 16 16 0 4 1 0 0
80 Cris Collinsworth* 22 WR 16 16 0 3 1 0 0
89 Dan Ross 24 TE 16 16 0 3 1 3 0
42 Mike Fuller 28 PR/ss 15 6 1 31 0 31 0 0 1 1 0 0
83 M.L. Harris 27 15 0 0 1 2 3 0
85 Isaac Curtis 31 WR 15 14 0 1 1 0 0
53 Bo Harris 28 LOLB 16 16 2 92 0 49 0
27 Bryan Hicks 24 FS 16 12 0 0 2 3 0
86 Steve Kreider 23 wr 16 1 0 2 0 0 0
55 Jim LeClair 31 LILB 14 14 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
25 John Simmons 23 11 0 0 1 1 0 0
81 David Verser 23 KR 16 0 0 2 0 0 0
40 Charles Alexander 24 RB 15 14 0 0 1 0 0
84 Don Bass 25 6 0 0 0 1 0 0
79 Ross Browner 27 RDE 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
58 Blair Bush 25 C 16 16 0 0 1 12 0
50 Glenn Cameron 28 RILB 16 16 1 0 0 0 0
73 Eddie Edwards 27 LDE 14 13 0 0 1 0 0
44 Ray Griffin 25 db 8 2 0 0 1 0 0
36 Jimmy Hargrove 24 15 0 0 1 0 0 0
71 Rod Horn 25 nt 16 4 0 0 1 0 0
65 Max Montoya 25 RG 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
51 Rick Razzano 26 lb 16 2 1 11 0 11 0
15 Turk Schonert 24 4 0 0 1 0 0 0
59 Jeff Schuh 23 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
72 Mike St. Clair 28 16 0 0 0 1 12 1
Team Total 26.0 16 19 318 1 102 0 0 25 28 23 1
Opp Total 16 35 32 14 1

Scoring Summary

No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
10 Jim Breech 25 K 16 0 49 22 115
46 Pete Johnson* 27 FB 16 16 12 4 16 96
80 Cris Collinsworth* 22 WR 16 16 8 8 48
86 Steve Kreider 23 wr 16 1 5 5 30
89 Dan Ross 24 TE 16 16 5 5 30
45 Archie Griffin 27 rb 16 2 3 1 4 24
40 Charles Alexander 24 RB 15 14 2 1 3 18
85 Isaac Curtis 31 WR 15 14 2 2 12
83 M.L. Harris 27 15 0 2 2 12
81 David Verser 23 KR 16 0 2 2 12
14 Ken Anderson*+ 32 QB 16 16 1 1 6
34 Louis Breeden 28 LCB 16 16 1 1 6
36 Jimmy Hargrove 24 15 0 1 1 6
72 Mike St. Clair 28 16 0 1 1 6
Team Total 26.0 16 19 30 1 1 51 49 22 421
Opp Total 16 12 24 1 1 38 12 1 304