About Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals Tickets 2019 Season Outlook
After 16 years and 0 playoff wins the Cincinnati Bengals have finally moved on from head coach Marvin Lewis. New head coach Zac Taylor will bring concepts from his days as LA Rams QB coach under Sean McVay to an offense that features weapons like WR A.J. Green, RB Joe Mixon, and WR Tyler Boyd surrounding QB Andy Dalton.
The Bengals drafted G Jonah Williams out of Alabama with the 11th overall pick to bolster an offensive line that struggled last season. The talent level in Cincinnati is about the same as it was last year, so Bengals fans must hope that a change at the helm is the catalyst to get them their first playoff win since the 1990 season.
History of Cincinnati Bengals
The Cincinnati Bengals began play in 1968 as an expansion team in the AFL before joining the NFL in 1970 during the AFL-NFL Merger. The team was founded by Paul Brown, who chose the name Bengals, in part due to the star of the city's world-renowned zoo mascot, the white Bengal Tiger. The Bengals have had some success in their team's history, most notably their two trips to the Super Bowl, though they lost both times to Joe Montana and the San Francisco 49ers.
The Cincinnati Bengals were a solid team in the 80s, but almost went two decades without a playoff appearance. That all changed when they drafted Carson Palmer, a Heisman trophy winner from USC in 2003. The duo of Carson Palmer and the enigmatic Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson led the team to two playoff appearances in 2005 and 2009. They again suddenly dropped off with a 4-12 season, and the team experienced a shakeup.
Immediately after that, the Bengals acquired another dynamic duo through the NFL draft. Andy Dalton and A.J. Green had an instant connection and the Bengals made the playoffs every year from 2011-2015. They have had a bunch of close calls, but Dalton has stumbled in critical moments, and the Cincinnati Bengals have become the first NFL team to lose in the opening round of the playoffs five years in a row.