1978 Cincinnati Bengals season
Head Coach Bill Johnson and Homer Rice
Home Field Riverfront
Results
Record 4–12
Place 4th AFC Central
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Timeline
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1977 1979

QB Ken Anderson missed the first four games with a broken bone in his right hand, and Homer Rice replaced Bill Johnson as head coach after the Bengals started 0–5. The team dipped to marks of 0–8 and 1–12 before rebounding under Rice to win the last three games. In the season finale, the Bengals blasted Cleveland, 48–16, setting series records for points and victory margin.

Offseason[edit | edit source]

NFL Draft[edit | edit source]

1978 Cincinnati Bengals Draft
Round Pick # Overall Name Position College
1 8 8 Ross Browner Defensive End Notre Dame
1 16 16 Blair Bush Center Washington
2 7 35 Ray Griffin Defensive Back Ohio State
2 17 45 Dave Turner Running Back San Diego State
3 16 72 Ted Vincent Defensive Tackle Wichita State
3 27 83 Don Bass Wide Receiver Houston
4 15 99 Dennis Law Wide Receiver East Tennessee State
5 16 126 Tom Dinkel Linebacker Kansas
5 21 131 Rob Hertel Quarterback USC
6 17 155 Steve Geise Running Back Penn State
7 16 182 Joe Branson Defensive Back Livingstone College
7 27 193 Danny Bass Offensive Tackle Elon
8 17 211 Bill Miller Offensive Tackle Western Illinois
9 16 238 Ron Shumon Linebacker Wichita State
10 17 267 Tom DePaso Linebacker Penn State
11 14 292 Cal Prince Running Back Louisville
11 16 294 Mark Donahue Guard Michigan
12 17 323 Kim Featsent Wide Receiver Kent State

Regular season[edit | edit source]

Schedule[edit | edit source]

1978 Cincinnati Bengals Schedule
Date Opponent W-L Score Att. Stadium
September 3 Kansas City Chiefs L 23–24 41,810 Riverfront
September 10 at Cleveland Browns L 10–13(OT) 72,691 Cleveland
September 17 Pittsburgh Steelers L 3–28 50,260 Riverfront
September 24 New Orleans Saints L 18–20 40,455 Riverfront
October 1 at San Francisco 49ers L 12–28 41,107 Candlestick Park
October 9 at Miami Dolphins L 0–21 54,729 Orange Bowl
October 15 New England Patriots L 3–10 48,699 Riverfront
October 22 at Buffalo Bills L 0–5 47,754 Rich
October 29 Houston Oilers W 28–13 50,532 Riverfront
November 5 at San Diego Chargers L 13–22 43,639 San Diego
November 13 Oakland Raiders L 21–34 51,374 Riverfront
November 19 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 6–7 47,578 Three Rivers
November 26 at Houston Oilers L 10–17 43,245 Astrodome
December 3 Atlanta Falcons W 37–7 25,336 Riverfront
December 11 at Los Angeles Rams W 20–19 47,471 Los Angeles Coliseum
December 17 Cleveland Browns W 48–16 46,985 Riverfront

Standings[edit | edit source]

AFC Central
view · talk · edit W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA
Pittsburgh Steelers(1) 14 2 0 .875 5–1 11–1 356 195
Houston Oilers(5) 10 6 0 .625 4–2 8–4 283 298
Cleveland Browns 8 8 0 .500 1–5 4–8 334 356
Cincinnati Bengals 4 12 0 .250 2–4 2–10 252 284

Team stats[edit | edit source]

1978 Cincinnati Bengals Team Stats
TEAM STATS Bengals Opponents
TOTAL FIRST DOWNS
Rushing
Passing
Penalty
TOTAL NET YARDS
Avg Per Game
Total Plays
Avg. Per Play
NET YARDS RUSHING
Avg. Per Game
Total Rushes
NET YARDS PASSING
Avg. Per Game
Sacked Yards Lost
Gross Yards
Att. Completions
Completion Pct.
Intercepted
PUNTS-AVERAGE
PENALTIES-YARDS
FUMBLES-BALL LOST
TOUCHDOWNS
Rushing
Passing
Returns
Score by Periods 1 2 3 4 Tot
Bengals
Opponents

Team leaders[edit | edit source]

  • Passing: Ken Anderson (319 Att, 173 Comp, 2219 Yds, 54.2 Pct, 10 TD, 22 Int, 58.0 Rating)
  • Rushing: Pete Johnson (180 Att, 762 Yds, 4.2 Avg, 50 Long, 7 TD)
  • Receiving: Isaac Curtis (47 Rec, 737 Yds, 15.7 Avg, 57 Long, 3 TD)
  • Scoring: Chris Bahr, 74 points (16 FG; 26 PAT)

Roster[edit | edit source]

Cincinnati Bengals rosterview · talk · edit
Quarterbacks

Running Backs


Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen


Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Awards and records[edit | edit source]

Pro Bowl Selection[edit | edit source]

  • For the first time in team history, the Bengals did not have any players selected to the Pro Bowl.

References[edit | edit source]

AFC East Central West East Central West NFC
Baltimore Cincinnati Denver Dallas Chicago Atlanta
Buffalo Cleveland Kansas City NY Giants Detroit Los Angeles
Miami Houston Oakland Philadelphia Green Bay New Orleans
New England Pittsburgh San Diego St. Louis Minnesota San Francisco
NY Jets Seattle Washington Tampa Bay
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