About 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.
The 2017 Cincinnati Bengals season was the 48th in the NFL and 15th under head coach Marvin Lewis. The Bengals finished the regular season 7-9 which placed them in ninth place in the AFC. It was the second losing season in a row for the Bengals, which will only give the team more motivation to improve in the 2018 season! In the 2018 NFL Draft, the Bengals acquired center Billy Price from Ohio State University in the first round. In the second round the Bengals acquired safety Jessie Bates III from Wake Forest University. With veteran quarterback Andy Dalton and some notable rookies, the Bengals are all geared up for this upcoming season.
Many fan bases would crave the chance to see their team in the playoffs five years in a row, so there is no doubt that Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals have an impressive roster filled with talent. Paul Brown Stadium is also one of the best venues in the NFL to see a football game. The 2018 Bengals season kicks off on September 9th at Lucas Oil Stadium against the Indianapolis Colts. Their schedule this season will include games against division rivals Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens, and Cleveland Browns. Find your Cincinnati Bengals tickets today and watch this team try to get over the hump and return to their glory days of the 80s where they were competing for Super Bowl Championships!