1969 Cincinnati Bengals Season
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1969 Cincinnati Bengals Season

1969 Cincinnati Bengals season
Cincinnati Bengals wordmark (1968-1970).png
Head coachPaul Brown
Home fieldNippert Stadium
Results
Record4-9-1
Division place5th AFL West
Playoff finishdid not qualify

The 1969 Cincinnati Bengals season was the team's second year as a franchise, and their final season in professional football's American Football League (AFL).

Head coach Paul Brown drafted quarterback Greg Cook of the University of Cincinnati in the first round.

The same draft also produced linebacker Bill Bergey.

The Bengals jumped out to a 3-0 record, but finished 4-9-1 in their final season at Nippert Stadium, before moving to their brand new facility the following season.

The Nov 9, 1969 Bengals vs. Oilers game at the Astrodome in Houston is unique in Bengals history, as it is the only non-overtime tie game. Cincinnati played its first regular-season tie that afternoon, catching the Oilers at 31-31 on kicker Horst Muhlmann's 18-yard field goal with 0:22 left in the fourth quarter. Regular-season overtime was not in the rule book at that time.

The oldest season record in Bengals history, and the only one still standing from the Nippert Stadium years, is QB Greg Cook's average of 9.41 yards gained per passing attempt in 1969. The only other average of more than nine yards was 9.21 by QB Boomer Esiason in 1988. Cook went on to pass for 1,854 yards and led the Bengals to wins over the Kansas City Chiefs and the Oakland Raiders, two of the three best teams in the AFL.

Offseason

Common draft

1969 Cincinnati Bengals draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 5 Greg Cook  Quarterback Cincinnati
2 31 Bill Bergey *  Linebacker Arkansas State
3 57 Speedy Thomas  Wide receiver Utah
4 83 Clem Turner  Running back Cincinnati
5 109 Guy Dennis  Guard Florida
6 135 Ken Riley  Defensive back Florida A&M
7 161 Royce Berry  Defensive end Houston
8 187 Tim Buchanan  Linebacker Hawaii
9 213 Mike Stripling  Running back Tulsa
10 239 Steve Howell  Tight end Ohio State
11 265 Mark Stewart  Defensive back Georgia
12 291 Lonnie Paige  Defensive tackle North Carolina Central
13 316 Chuck Benson  Wide receiver Southern Illinois
14 343 Mike Wilson  Offensive tackle Dayton
15 369 Bill Shoemaker  Placekicker Stanford
16 395 Bill Schmidt  Linebacker Missouri
17 421 Terry Story  Offensive tackle Georgia Tech
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

[1]

Personnel

Staff

Roster

[2]

Regular season

Schedule

1969 Cincinnati Bengals schedule
Week Date Opponent Result Attendance Stadium
1 September 14 Miami Dolphins W 27-21
25,335
Nippert Stadium
2 September 21 San Diego Chargers W 34-20
26,243
Nippert Stadium
3 September 28 Kansas City Chiefs W 24-19
27,812
Nippert Stadium
4 October 4 at San Diego Chargers L 14-21
52,748
San Diego Stadium
5 October 12 New York Jets L 7-21
27,927
Nippert Stadium
6 October 19 Denver Broncos L 23-30
27,920
Nippert Stadium
7 October 26 at Kansas City Chiefs L 22-42
50,934
Municipal Stadium
8 November 2 Oakland Raiders W 31-17
27,927
Nippert Stadium
9 November 9 at Houston Oilers T 31-31
45,298
Astrodome
10 November 16 Boston Patriots L 14-25
25,913
Nippert Stadium
11 November 23 at New York Jets L 7-40
62,128
Shea Stadium
12 November 30 at Buffalo Bills L 13-16
35,122
War Memorial Stadium
13 December 7 at Oakland Raiders L 17-37
54,427
Oakland Coliseum
14 December 14 at Denver Broncos L 16-27
42,198
Mile High Stadium

Standings

AFL Western Division
W L T PCT DIV PF PA STK
Oakland Raiders 12 1 1 .923 7-1 377 242 W6
Kansas City Chiefs 11 3 0 .786 5-3 359 177 L1
San Diego Chargers 8 6 0 .571 2-6 288 276 W4
Denver Broncos 5 8 1 .385 3-5 297 344 W1
Cincinnati Bengals 4 9 1 .308 3-5 280 367 L5

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

Team stats

1969 Cincinnati Bengals Team Stats
TEAM STATS Bengals Opponents
TOTAL FIRST DOWNS 172 278
Rushing 66 135
Passing 95 130
Penalty 11 13
TOTAL NET YARDS 3868 5337
Avg Per Game 276.3 381.2
Total Plays 728 935
Avg. Per Play 5.3 5.7
NET YARDS RUSHING 1523 2651
Avg. Per Game 167.5 189.4
Total Rushes 363 523
NET YARDS PASSING 2345 2686
Avg. Per Game 167.5 191.9
Sacked Yards Lost 57-375 16-180
Gross Yards 2720 2866
Att. Completions 308-163 396-205
Completion Pct. 52.9 51.8
Intercepted 15 21
PUNTS-AVERAGE 85-38.8 55-41.4
PENALTIES-YARDS 50-556 72-824
FUMBLES-BALL LOST 30-25 19-16
TOUCHDOWNS 33 42
Rushing 10 13
Passing 22 24
Returns 1 5
Score by Periods 1 2 3 4 Tot
Bengals 48 92 72 68 280
Opponents 78 130 68 91 367

Team leaders

  • Passing: Greg Cook (197 Att, 106 Comp, 1854 Yds, 53.8 Pct, 15 TD, 11 Int, 88.3 Rating)
  • Rushing: Jess Phillips (118 Att, 578 Yds, 4.9 Avg, 83 Long, 3 TD)
  • Receiving: Eric Crabtree (40 Rec, 855 Yds, 21.4 Avg, 73 Long, 7 TD)
  • Scoring: Horst Muhlmann, 80 points (16 FG; 32 PAT)

Awards and records

AFL Coach of the Year

AFL Passing Title

AFL Defensive Rookie of the Year

AFL Pro Bowl Selections

References

  1. ^ "1969 Cincinnati Bengals draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ "1969 Cincinnati Bengals starters, roster, and players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014.

External links


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