|2019 Cincinnati Bengals season|
|Head coach||Zac Taylor|
|Home field||Paul Brown Stadium|
|Division place||4th AFC North|
|Playoff finish||Did not qualify|
|Pro Bowlers||DT Geno Atkins|
Not only did the Bengals not improve upon last season's record of 6-10, but they also suffered an 0-11 start to the season for the first time in franchise history. As a result, they became the first team to be eliminated from playoff contention when they lost to the Oakland Raiders in Week 11, extending their playoff drought to four seasons. This marked the Bengals' fourth consecutive losing season. They finished the season 2-14, tying their franchise-worst record from 2002. This was also the Bengals' first season since 2002 without long-time head coach Marvin Lewis, as he mutually agreed to part ways after the conclusion of the 2018 season.
The Bengals won their first game in Week 13, when they defeated the New York Jets, 22-6.
With a Week 16 loss to the Miami Dolphins, the Bengals secured the first overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. It was the first time they had the first overall pick since 2003, when they drafted Carson Palmer.
|Position||Player||2019 Team||Date signed||Contract|
|OLB||Preston Brown||Cincinnati Bengals||March 13||3 years, $16.5 million|
|CB||Darqueze Dennard||Cincinnati Bengals||March 25||1 year, $4.5 million|
|TE||Tyler Eifert||Cincinnati Bengals||March 16||1 year, $4 million|
|TE||Jake Fisher||Buffalo Bills||March 22||1 year, $805,000|
|OT||Bobby Hart||Cincinnati Bengals||March 12||3 years, $16.15 million|
|TE||Tyler Kroft||Buffalo Bills||March 11||3 years, $18.75 million|
|OT||Cedric Ogbuehi||Jacksonville Jaguars||March 16||1 year, $895,000|
|QB||Tom Savage||Detroit Lions||April 9||1 year, $895,000|
|OT||Andre Smith||Cincinnati Bengals||July 25||1 year, $1.03 million|
|TE||C.J. Uzomah||Cincinnati Bengals||March 14||3 years, $18.3 million|
|Position||Player||Tag||2019 Team||Date signed||Contract|
|G||Trey Hopkins||ERFA||Cincinnati Bengals||April 4||1 year, $3.095M|
|CB||Tony McRae||ERFA||Cincinnati Bengals||April 9||1 year, $645,000|
|G||Alex Redmond||ERFA||Cincinnati Bengals||April 10||1 year, $645,000|
|DT||Josh Tupou||ERFA||Cincinnati Bengals||March 21||1 year, $645,000|
|DT||Adolphus Washington||RFA||Miami Dolphins||May 23||1 year, $720,000|
|S||Brandon Wilson||ERFA||Cincinnati Bengals||March 11||1 year, $645,000|
|Position||Player||2018 team||Date signed||Contract|
|G||John Miller||Buffalo Bills||March 15||3 years, $16.5 million|
|CB||B.W. Webb||New York Giants||March 14||3 years, $10.5 million|
|DE||Kerry Wynn||March 27||1 year, $1.4 million|
|T||Justin Evans||Arizona Cardinals||May 22||1 year, $495K|
|G||John Jerry||New York Giants||June 10||1 year, $930K|
|LB||Vontaze Burfict||Oakland Raiders||1 year, $2 million|
|RB||Mark Walton||Miami Dolphins||1 year, $495K|
|WR||Kermit Whitfield |
|2019 Cincinnati Bengals draft|
|2||52||Drew Sample||Tight End||Washington||From Denver|
|3||72||Germaine Pratt||Linebacker||NC State|
|4||104||Ryan Finley||Quarterback||NC State||From San Francisco|
|4||125||Renell Wren||Defensive Tackle||Arizona State||From Denver|
|4||136||Michael Jordan||Center||Ohio State||From Dallas|
|6||182||Trayveon Williams||Running back||Texas A&M||From Denver|
|6*||210||Deshaun Davis||Linebacker||Auburn||Compensatory selection|
|6*||211||Rodney Anderson||Running back||Oklahoma||Compensatory selection|
|7||223||Jordan Brown||Corner back||South Dakota State|
|Made roster + Pro Football Hall of Fame * Made at least one Pro Bowl during career|
|Jake Dolegala||QB||Central Connecticut||May 10|
|O'Shea Dugas||OL||Penn State|
|Curtis Akins||OLB||Penn State|
|Stanley Morgan Jr.||WR||Nebraska|
|Keaton Sutherland||OL||Texas A&M|
|Anthony Chesley||DB||Coastal Carolina|
|Sterling Sheffield||LB||Maine||May 11|
|Noah Dawkins||LB||The Citadel|
|Made regular season roster|
|1||at Kansas City Chiefs||L 17-38||0-1||Arrowhead Stadium||Recap|
|2||at Washington Redskins||W 23-13||1-1||FedExField||Recap|
|3||New York Giants||L 23-25||1-2||Paul Brown Stadium||Recap|
|4||Indianapolis Colts||L 6-13||1-3||Paul Brown Stadium||Recap|
|1||September 8||at Seattle Seahawks||L 20-21||0-1||CenturyLink Field||Recap|
|2||September 15||San Francisco 49ers||L 17-41||0-2||Paul Brown Stadium||Recap|
|3||September 22||at Buffalo Bills||L 17-21||0-3||New Era Field||Recap|
|4||at Pittsburgh Steelers||L 3-27||0-4||Heinz Field||Recap|
|5||October 6||Arizona Cardinals||L 23-26||0-5||Paul Brown Stadium||Recap|
|6||October 13||at Baltimore Ravens||L 17-23||0-6||M&T Bank Stadium||Recap|
|7||October 20||Jacksonville Jaguars||L 17-27||0-7||Paul Brown Stadium||Recap|
|8||October 27||at Los Angeles Rams||L 10-24||0-8||Wembley Stadium (London)||Recap|
|10||November 10||Baltimore Ravens||L 13-49||0-9||Paul Brown Stadium||Recap|
|11||November 17||at Oakland Raiders||L 10-17||0-10||RingCentral Coliseum||Recap|
|12||November 24||Pittsburgh Steelers||L 10-16||0-11||Paul Brown Stadium||Recap|
|13||December 1||New York Jets||W 22-6||1-11||Paul Brown Stadium||Recap|
|14||December 8||at Cleveland Browns||L 19-27||1-12||FirstEnergy Stadium||Recap|
|15||December 15||New England Patriots||L 13-34||1-13||Paul Brown Stadium||Recap|
|16||December 22||at Miami Dolphins||L 35-38 (OT)||1-14||Hard Rock Stadium||Recap|
|17||December 29||Cleveland Browns||W 33-23||2-14||Paul Brown Stadium||Recap|
Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.
The Bengals began their season on the road against the Seahawks. In the first quarter, the Bengals scored first when Randy Bullock made a 39-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead and the only score of the period. In the second quarter, the Seahawks took the lead when Chris Carson ran for a 1-yard touchdown to make it 7-3. The Bengals retook the lead when John Ross III caught a 33-yard TD pass from Andy Dalton to make it 10-7. The Seahawks then went back into the lead when Carson caught a 10-yard TD pass from Russell Wilson to make it 14-10. Though, the Bengals moved back into the lead when Dalton found Ross III again on a 55-yard TD pass to make it 17-14 at halftime. After a scoreless third quarter, the Seahawks retook the lead when Tyler Lockett caught a 44-yard TD pass from Wilson to make it 21-17. Later on in the fourth quarter, Bullock got the Bengals within 1 when he kicked a 27-yard field goal to make it 21-20. The Bengals' defense forced the Seahawks to go 3 and out and got the ball back. Dalton had completed a 6-yard pass to Tyler Eifert. However, the Seahawks' defense stood up to Dalton on the next play and then sacked him for then he fumbled and the Seahawks recovered sealing the game.
With the loss, the Bengals started 0-1.
After a tough road loss, the Bengals went home to face the 49ers. The 49ers scored first when Marquise Goodwin caught a 38-yard TD pass from Jimmy Garoppolo to make it 7-0. The Bengals tied the game up at 7-7 when Andy Dalton found Tyler Eifert on a 1-yard TD pass. The 49ers however retook the lead when Garoppolo found Raheem Mostert on a 39-yard TD pass to make it 14-7. In the second quarter, the 49ers increased their lead when Jeff Wilson ran for a 2-yard TD to make it 21-7. The Bengals drew closer when Randy Bullock kicked a 37-yard field goal to make it 21-10. Though, the 49ers would move back into a 2-touchdown lead when Robbie Gould kicked a 33-yard field goal for a 24-10 halftime lead. In the third quarter, it was all 49ers when Garoppolo found Deebo Sanders on a 2-yard TD pass to make it 31-10. This would be followed by Gould kicking a 38-yard field goal to make it 34-10. By the fourth quarter, the 49ers pretty much sealed the game as Wilson ran for a 4-yard TD to make it 41-10. The scoring ended when Dalton found John Ross III on a late 66-yard TD pass to make the final score 41-17.
With the loss, the Bengals fell to 0-2.
The Bengals traveled for a Week 3 duel against the Bills. In the first half, it was all Bills scoring starting in the first quarter when they jumped out to a 14-0 lead before halftime. Though, the Bengals would respond by taking the lead well into the fourth quarter to make it 17-14, the Bills scored a late TD when Frank Gore ran it from a yard out. Getting the ball back late in the game and able to drive to the Bills' 28-yard line, Andy Dalton threw the game losing interception on a 3rd and 5 sealing the 21-17 victory for the Bills.
With the loss, the Bengals fell to 0-3.
The Bengals then traveled again to Pittsburgh to take on the 0-3 division rival Steelers. In the first quarter, the Bengals managed to make it 3-0 after Randy Bullock kicked a 28-yard field goal. However, from the second quarter on wards, it would be all Steelers scoring which would lead to the eventual final score of 27-3 and a win sealed for them.
With the loss, the Bengals fell to 0-4. The team also suffered its ninth straight loss to the Steelers and first 0-4 start since 2008.
After another tough road loss, the Bengals returned home to face the Cardinals. The Bengals scored first when Randy Bullock kicked a 23-yard field goal to make it 3-0. The Cardinals however took the lead later in the quarter when Kyler Murray ran for a 4-yard TD to make it 7-3. The Cardinals made it 10-3 in the second quarter when Zane Gonzalez kicked a 23-yard field goal. Though, the Bengals would come within 4 when Bullock kicked a 48-yard field goal to make it 10-6. Gonzalez then put the Cardinals back up by a touchdown with a 20-yard field goal to make it 13-6 at halftime. In the third quarter, the Bengals came within 4 again as Bullock kicked yet another 23-yard field goal to make it 13-9. In the fourth quarter, the Cardinals would take a 2-touchdown lead when Gonzalez kicked a 22-yard field goal followed by Chase Edmonds running for a 37-yard TD for 16-9 and 23-9 leads. Andy Dalton then found Auden Tate on a 2-yard TD pass to make it 23-16. He would then find Tyler Boyd on a 42-yard TD pass to tie the game up at 23-23. The Cardinals got the ball back and the Bengals' defense stalled, allowing them to drive down the field and Gonzalez kicked the game-winning 31-yard field goal to make the final score 26-23.
With the loss, the Bengals dropped to 0-5. This would be the team's first such start since 2008.
The Bengals then traveled to take on the Ravens. In the first quarter, the Bengals scored first when Brandon Wilson returned a kickoff 92 yards for a TD. The Ravens however, took the lead when Lamar Jackson ran for a 21-yard TD to tie the game at 7-7 followed by Mark Ingram II's 1-yard TD run to make it 14-7. In the second quarter, the Ravens made it 17-7 when Justin Tucker kicked a 40-yard field goal. The Bengals were able to make it a 7-point deficit when Randy Bullock kicked a 22-yard field goal to make it 17-10 at halftime. In the third quarter, the Ravens moved up by double digits when Tucker kicked a 49-yard field goal to make it 20-10 for the quarter's only score. They would then make it 23-10 when Tucker kicked a 21-yard field goal. The Bengals then came within 6 when Andy Dalton ran for a 2-yard TD. Trying to get the ball back with seconds left, the Bengals tried for an onside kick. However, the Ravens recovered the ball and sealed their win and another Bengals loss.
With the loss, the Bengals dropped to 0-6.
The Bengals then went back home for a game against the Jaguars. After a scoreless first quarter, the Jaguars would score first in the second quarter when Josh Lambo kicked a 21-yard field goal to make it 3-0. However, the Bengals were able to take the lead when Andy Dalton found Joe Mixon on a 2-yard TD pass. The Jaguars then came within a point when Lambo kicked a 29-yard field goal to make it 7-6 at halftime. In third quarter, the Jaguars moved into the lead when Lambo kicked a 37-yard field goal to make it 9-7. Though, the Bengals would regain the lead when Randy Bullock kicked a 38-yard field goal to make it 10-9. In the fourth quarter, the Jaguars took the lead back when Keelan Cole caught a 2-yard TD pass from Gardner Minshew II (with a successful 2-point conversion) to make it 17-10. This would be followed by them sealing the game when Yannick Ngakoue returned an interception 23 yards for a TD followed by Lambo's 26-yard field goal to make it 24-10 and then 27-10. Dalton would run for a 1-yard TD with seconds left to make the final score 27-17.
With the loss, the Bengals fell to 0-7.
After another tough loss at home, the Bengals traveled to London to take on the Rams. The Bengals were considered the away team for this game. In the first quarter, the Rams scored its only points with Greg Zuerlein's 23-yard field goal to make it 3-0. The Bengals tied it up in the second quarter when Randy Bullock kicked a 28-yard field goal to make it 3-3. The Rams retook the lead when Jared Goff found Josh Reynolds on a 31-yard TD pass to make it 10-3. However, the Bengals would tie it up again when Andy Dalton found Joe Mixon on a 1-yard TD pass to make it 10-10. The Rams moved back into the lead at halftime when Goff found Cooper Kupp on a 65-yard TD pass to make it 17-10. In the third quarter, the Rams would score the only points of the whole entire half when Todd Gurley II ran for a 3-yard TD to make it 24-10 as both teams headed into a scoreless fourth quarter, the Rams sealed the win, handing the Bengals yet another loss.
With the loss, the Bengals head into their bye week at 0-8. It would be the team's first such start since 2008 as they were also guaranteed their fourth straight non-winning season. This would happen for the first time since the 2001-2004 seasons. Andy Dalton became the first quarterback in NFL history to have starts of 8-0 (in 2015) and 0-8.
During the team's bye week, the Miami Dolphins defeated the New York Jets 26-18, making the Bengals the last winless team in 2019. Also during their bye week, the Bengals benched Dalton in favor of rookie fourth round draft pick Ryan Finley.
Coming off their bye week, the Bengals went back home for their second game against the Ravens. The Ravens made it 7-0 in the first quarter when Lamar Jackson found Mark Andrews on a 2-yard TD pass. They would make it 14-0 when Mark Ingram Jr. ran for a 1-yard TD. In the second quarter, the Bengals got on the board when Randy Bullock kicked a 42-yard field goal to make it 14-3. The Ravens then pulled away as Jackson found Andrews again on a 17-yard TD pass to make it 21-3. This would be followed by Marcus Peters returning an interception 89 yards for a touchdown to make it 28-3. The Bengals then made it 28-10 at halftime when Ryan Finley found Tyler Boyd on a 6-yard TD pass.
In the third quarter, it was all Ravens as they managed to score 3 touchdowns: First, Jackson ran for one from 47 yards out. This would be followed by him finding Marquise Brown on a 20-yard pass and then Tyus Bowser returned a fumble 33 yards to make the score 49-10. Bullock added a useless field goal late in the fourth quarter to make the final score 49-13.
With the loss, the Bengals fell to 0-9. It would be the team's first 0-9 start since 1993. They were also swept by the Ravens for the first time since 2011. The team is also assured their fourth consecutive losing season for the first time since 1999-2002.
After a horrifying loss at home, the Bengals traveled to take on the Raiders. The Bengals would score first when Joe Mixon ran for a 3-yard TD to make it 7-0 for the quarter's only score. In the second quarter, the Raiders responded with 2 touchdowns of their own: Derek Carr found Foster Moreau on a 2-yard TD pass and then Carr ran for another from 3 yards out to make it 7-7 and then 14-7 at halftime. In the third quarter, the Bengals came within 4 when Randy Bullock kicked a 40-yard field goal to make it 14-10 for the quarter's only score. In the fourth quarter, the Raiders moved ahead by a touchdown when Daniel Carson kicked a 20-yard field goal to make it 17-10. Getting the ball back later on in the quarter, Ryan Finley would be sacked. On the next play, he would throw the game-losing interception, sealing another Bengals loss.
With the loss, the Bengals fell to 0-10 for the first time since 1993 and were eliminated from postseason contention.
The Bengals then returned home for Game 2 against the Steelers. After a scoreless first quarter, the Steelers scored first when Chris Boswell kicked a 26-yard field goal to make it 3-0. The Bengals, however, would take the lead later on when Ryan Finley found Tyler Boyd on a 15-yard TD pass to make it 7-3 at halftime. In the third quarter, the Steelers retook the lead when Devlin Hodges found James Washington on a 79-yard TD pass to make it 10-7. The Bengals then tied the game up when Randy Bullock kicked a 27-yard field goal to make it 10-10. In the fourth quarter, the Steelers retook the lead with 2 field goals kicked by Boswell: from 47 and 26 yards out to make it 13-10 and then 16-10. The Bengals got the ball back later on in the quarter. The offense was able to drive to their own 29-yard line. However, on the next play, Finley was sacked, then he fumbled the ball, allowing the Steelers to recover it. The Bengals used up all their time outs before the Steelers were able to kneel out for victory, sealing yet another loss for the Bengals.
With their tenth straight loss to the Steelers, the Bengals fell to 0-11.
The next day, it was announced that Andy Dalton would start as quarterback again in week 13.
After yet another loss (and going 0-3 under Ryan Finley) and looking like the third team in the NFL to go 0-16 after the 2008 Detroit Lions and 2017 Cleveland Browns, the Bengals stayed home for a game against the Jets. The Jets scored first in the first quarter when Sam Ficken kicked a 42-yard field goal to make it 3-0. The Bengals took the lead later on in the quarter when Andy Dalton found Tyler Boyd on a 17-yard TD pass to make it 7-3. In the second quarter, the Bengals would make it 17-3 when Randy Bullock kicked a 24-yard field goal to make it 10-3 followed up by Joe Mixon running for a 5-yard TD. Ficken got the Jets within 11 as he kicked a 39-yard field goal to make it 17-6 at halftime. In the second half, it was all Bengals scoring as they put up a safety and field goal in the third quarter making it 22-6. A scoreless fourth quarter sealed the game for them and their first win of the season.
With the win, the Bengals won their first game of the season, improving to a record of 1-11. Andy Dalton also won his first game back as starting QB.
After the win at home, the Bengals traveled to Cleveland for Battle Of Ohio Round 1 against the Browns. In the first quarter, the Bengals scored first when Randy Bullock kicked a 34-yard field goal to make it 3-0. The Browns got on the board and took the lead when Denzel Ward returned an interception 61 yards for a touchdown to make it 7-3. The Bengals came within a point later on in the quarter when Bullock kicked a 44-yard field goal to make it 7-6. In the second quarter, the Bengals were able to retake the lead when Joe Mixon ran for a 1-yard TD to make it 13-7. Though, the Browns regained the lead before halftime when Baker Mayfield ran for a 7-yard TD to make it 14-13. In the third quarter, the Browns increased their lead when Kareem Hunt ran for a 7-yard TD to make it 21-13. Though, the Bengals were able to come within 5 when Bullock hit yet another field goal from 28 yards out to make it 21-16. The Browns pulled away when Austin Seibert kicked a 53-yard field goal to make it 24-16. In the fourth quarter, the Browns pulled away by double digits when Seibert kicked another field goal from 31 yards out to make the score 27-16. The Bengals then came within 8 when Bullock kicked a 46-yard field goal to make it 27-19. Later on in the quarter, the Bengals tried for an onside kick. Though, the Browns would recover sealing the Bengals loss.
With the loss and their third straight to the Browns, the Bengals fell to 1-12. The team is also assured last place in the AFC North for the second straight season.
After another tough road loss, the Bengals went home to take on the Patriots. The Pats scored first in the first quarter when Tom Brady found James White on a 23-yard TD pass to make it 7-0. The Bengals then managed to tie it up and then take the lead when Cethan Carter caught an 8-yard TD pass from Andy Dalton to make it 7-7, followed by Randy Bullock kicking a 34-yard field goal to make it 10-7. In the second quarter, it was all Pats when Nick Folk kicked 2 field goals: from 40 and 46 yards out to make the score 10-10 and then give his team a 13-10 halftime lead. In the third quarter, the Pats went back to work as Brady found N'Keal Henry on a 7-yard TD pass to make it 20-10, followed by Stephen Gilmore returning an interception 64 yards for a touchdown to make it 27-10. The Bengals came within 2 touchdowns in the fourth when Bullock kicked a 48-yard field goal to make it 27-13. However, the Pats wrapped up the scoring of the game when Rex Burkhead ran for a 33-yard touchdown to make the final score 34-13, sealing another loss for the Bengals.
With the loss, the Bengals fell to 1-13. Andy Dalton also put up a new record of games started and lost in a single season, surpassing the 9 losses from the 2016 season.
The Bengals headed down south to take on the Dolphins. In the first quarter, it was all Dolphins when Ryan Fitzpatrick found Christian Wilkins on a 1-yard TD pass to make it 7-0. They would make it 14-0 when DeVante Parker caught a 7-yard TD pass from Fitzpatrick. The Bengals were able to get on the board in the second quarter when Randy Bullock kicked a 20-yard field goal to make it 14-3. However, the Dolphins made it 21-3 when Fitzpatrick found Mike Gesicki on a 31-yard TD pass. Bullock ended the scoring of the half when he kicked a 57-yard field goal for a halftime score of 21-6. In the third quarter, Fitzpatrick for Gesicki again on a 13-yard TD pass to make it 28-6. The Bengals drew closer when Andy Dalton found Tyler Boyd on a 34-yard TD pass (with a failed two-point conversion) to make it 28-12. The Dolphins pulled away in the fourth quarter when Myles Gaskin ran for a 2-yard touchdown. However, the Bengals were able to tie the game up late in the quarter when Dalton found C.J. Uzomah on an 8-yard TD pass to make it 35-19. This would be followed by Dalton finding Tyler Boyd on a 2-yard TD pass (with a successful 2-point conversion) to make it 35-27. After recovering the onside kick, the Bengals drove down the field to tie the game up at 35-35 after Dalton found Tyler Eifert on a 25-yard TD pass (with another successful two-point conversion) at the end of regulation. In overtime however, after going back and forth with the ball, the Dolphins were able to drive down the field in the final seconds. This allowed Jason Sanders to kick the game-winning 37-yard field goal for the final score 38-35.
With the loss, the Bengals fell to 1-14. The team would also clinch the first round pick in the 2020 Draft.
With the win, the Bengals ended their season with a 2-14 record and avoided setting a new franchise-worst regular season record. This was their only win against an AFC North opponent as they managed to snap their 3-game losing streak to the Browns.
|2[a]||Kansas City Chiefs||West||12||4||0||.750||6-0||9-3||.510||.477||W6|
|3[a]||New England Patriots||East||12||4||0||.750||5-1||8-4||.469||.411||L1|
|Did not qualify for the playoffs|
|11[b][d]||New York Jets||East||7||9||0||.438||2-4||4-8||.473||.402||W2|
|14[g]||Los Angeles Chargers||West||5||11||0||.313||0-6||3-9||.514||.488||L3|