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2005 Cincinnati Bengals season

2005 Cincinnati Bengals season
Head coach Marvin Lewis
Owner Mike Brown
Home field Paul Brown Stadium
Record 11–5
Division place 1st AFC North
Playoff finish Lost Wild Card
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The 2005 Cincinnati Bengals season was the team's 38th year in professional football and its 36th with the National Football League.

2005 was the team's first season with a winning record, playoff berth, and division title since 1990. In the fourteen years and 224 games in between (1991–2004), the Bengals' record was 71-153, a 0.317 winning percentage.[1] It would be the Bengals' lone playoff appearance in a span of 18 years (1991–2008). QB Carson Palmer got off to a strong start on his way to a solid 3836 yard season with 32 Touchdown passes, earning a trip to the Pro Bowl. Receiving many of Palmer's passes was Chad Johnson, who followed teammate Palmer to the Pro Bowl in Hawaii, racking up an impressive 1,432 yards in receiving with nine TDs, many of which were followed by unique celebrations that made him a regular star on the spots highlight shows.

Following a 42-29 win over the Baltimore Ravens, the Bengals faced the Steelers again this time in Pittsburgh, where the Bengals offense continued to fly behind Carson Palmer who had three Touchdown passes and 227 yards passing in an impressive 38-31 win that gave the Bengals first place in the AFC North at 9-3. The Bengals would not relinquish first place winning the next two games to clinch the division with two weeks to go. On December 18, with a 41-17 win over the Detroit Lions, the Bengals clinched a playoff spot.[2] After clinching the division the Bengals played cautiously and dropped their final two games to finish with an 11-5 record, beating out the eventual Super Bowl champion Steelers, who finished with an identical record, on a tiebreaker situation.[3]


NFL Draft

Main article: 2005 NFL Draft
2005 Cincinnati Bengals Draft
Round Pick # Overall Name Position College
1 17 17 David Pollack LB Georgia
2 16 48 Odell Thurman LB Georgia
3 19 83 Chris Henry WR West Virginia
4 22 119 Eric Ghiaciuc C Central Michigan
5 24 153 Adam Kieft T Central Michigan
6 29 190 Tab Perry WR UCLA
7 17 233 Jonathan Fanene DE Utah






Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen


Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Rookies in italics


Regular season


Date Opponent # Result Score Attendance Stadium
September 11 at Cleveland Browns W 27–13
Cleveland Browns Stadium
September 18 Minnesota Vikings W 37–8
Paul Brown Stadium
September 25 at Chicago Bears W 24–7
Soldier Field
October 2 Houston Texans W 16–10
Paul Brown Stadium
October 9 at Jacksonville Jaguars L 20–23
Alltel Stadium
October 16 at Tennessee Titans W 31–23
The Coliseum
October 23 Pittsburgh Steelers L 13–27
Paul Brown Stadium
October 30 Green Bay Packers W 21–14
Paul Brown Stadium
November 6 at Baltimore Ravens W 21–9
M&T Bank Stadium
November 20 Indianapolis Colts L 37–45
Paul Brown Stadium
November 27 Baltimore Ravens W 42–29
Paul Brown Stadium
December 4 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 38–31
Heinz Field
December 11 Cleveland Browns W 23–20
Paul Brown Stadium
December 18 at Detroit Lions W 41–17
Ford Field
December 24 Buffalo Bills L 27–37
Paul Brown Stadium
January 1 at Kansas City Chiefs L 3–37
Arrowhead Stadium


AFC North
Cincinnati Bengals 11 5 0 .688 5–1 7–5 421 350 L2
Pittsburgh Steelers 11 5 0 .688 4–2 7–5 389 258 W4
Baltimore Ravens 6 10 0 .375 2–4 4–8 265 299 L1
Cleveland Browns 6 10 0 .375 1–5 4–8 232 301 W1


Game Stats- AFC Wild Card Playoff
1 2 34Total
Steelers 0 14 14331
Bengals 10 7 0017

at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Date: Sunday January 8, 2006
  • Game time: 4:30 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 61 °F (16 °C), partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 65,870
  • Referee: Larry Nemmers
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Phil Simms (color commentator), Bonnie Bernstein (sideline reporter)

On January 8, 2006, the Cincinnati Bengals took on the Pittsburgh Steelers in the opening round of the playoffs making it the Bengals first playoff appearance of the decade. Disaster started early for the Bengals when Steelers lineman Kimo von Oelhoffen dove at Bengals quarterback (Carson Palmer)'s knee, resulting in a tear of his ACL (Anterior cruciate ligament). Backup quarterback Jon Kitna took over and did very well, giving Cincinnati leads of 10–0 and 17–7 at points of the game. All seemed well for the Bengals until the Steelers came back with 24 unanswered points and knocked the Cincinnati Bengals out of the playoffs with a final score of 31–17.[7]

Team Leaders


Player Att Comp Yds TD INT Rating
Carson Palmer 509 345 3836 32 12 101.1


Player Att Yds YPC Long TD
Rudi Johnson 337 1458 4.3 33 12


Player Rec Yds Avg Long TD
Chad Johnson 97 1432 14.8 70 9


Player Tackles Sacks INTs FF FR
Odell Thurman 148 1.5 5 4 0
Justin Smith 92 6.0 0 1 1
Deltha O'Neal 63 0.0 10 0 1


Player FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Points
Shayne Graham 32 28 87.5% 47 47 100.0% 131
Player Punts Yards Long Blkd Avg.
Kyle Larson 60 2591 75 1 43.2

Special Teams

Player KR KRYards KRAvg KRLong KRTD PR PRYards PRAvg PRLong PRTD
Tab Perry 64 1562 24.4 94 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
Keiwan Ratliff 0 0 0.0 0 0 28 157 5.6 13 0

Awards and records

Pro Bowl Selections

All-Pro Award


  • Carson Palmer's first six starts of the season, combined with his last three starts of 2004, made him only the second passer in NFL history to post nine straight games with a passer rating of 100 or more (Peyton Manning, 2004)
  • Carson Palmer led the NFL in three major passing categories – TD passes (32), completion percentage (67.8) and TD-INT differential (32–12)[8]
  • Rudi Johnson, 2nd 1000 yard rushing season (1,458 yards)[9]
  • Chad Johnson 4th 1000 yard receiving season [10]
  • Tab Perry, 1st 1000 yard return season (1,562 yards)[11]


  • Cincinnati Bengals Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh set Bengals records for most receptions (175) and receiving yards (2,388) by a duo.
  • The Bengals established a home season attendance record of 526,469 to break the mark of 524,248 set a season earlier.


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