1985 Cincinnati Bengals season
OwnerPaul Brown
Head coachSam Wyche
General managerPaul Brown
Home fieldRiverfront Stadium
Results
Record7–9
Division place2nd AFC Central
Playoff finishDid not qualify
The Bengals hosting the Cowboys in December 1985.
The Bengals hosting the Cowboys in December 1985.

The 1985 season was the Cincinnati Bengals' 16th season in the National Football League, their 18th overall, and their second under head coach Sam Wyche. Wide receiver Isaac Curtis, a premier Bengal for 12 years, retired shortly before training camp opened. Second-year QB Boomer Esiason replaced Ken Anderson. The Bengals set a club scoring record with 441 points.

Offseason

NFL Draft

Main article: 1985 NFL Draft

1985 Cincinnati Bengals draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 13 Eddie Brown *  Wide receiver Miami (FL)
1 25 Emanuel King  Linebacker Alabama
2 43 Carl Zander  Linebacker Tennessee
3 70 Sean Thomas  Defensive back TCU
4 97 Anthony Tuggle  Defensive back Nicholls State
5 127 Tony Degrate  Defensive tackle Texas
5 129 Lee Davis  Defensive back Mississippi
6 148 Eric Stokes  Offensive tackle Northeastern
6 154 Keith Lester  Tight end Murray State
7 172 Kim Locklin  Running back New Mexico State
7 181 Joe Walter  Offensive tackle Texas Tech
8 211 Dave Strobel  Linebacker Iowa
9 238 Keith Cruise  Defensive end Northwestern
10 265 Bernard King  Linebacker Syracuse
11 296 Harold Stanfield  Tight end Mississippi College
12 322 Louis Garza  Offensive tackle New Mexico State
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

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Personnel

Staff

1985 Cincinnati Bengals staff
Front office
  • Owner/President – John Sawyer
  • Owner/General Manager – Paul Brown

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches


Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Kim Wood

Roster

1985 Cincinnati Bengals roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad



Rookies in italics

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance
1 September 8 Seattle Seahawks L 24–28 0–1 Riverfront Stadium 51,625
2 September 15 at St. Louis Cardinals L 27–41 0–2 Busch Memorial Stadium 46,321
3 September 22 San Diego Chargers L 41–44 0–3 Riverfront Stadium 52,270
4 September 30 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 37–24 1–3 Three Rivers Stadium 59,541
5 October 6 New York Jets L 20–29 1–4 Riverfront Stadium 51,785
6 October 13 New York Giants W 35–30 2–4 Riverfront Stadium 53,112
7 October 20 at Houston Oilers L 27–44 2–5 Houston Astrodome 35,590
8 October 27 Pittsburgh Steelers W 26–21 3–5 Riverfront Stadium 55,421
9 November 3 at Buffalo Bills W 23–17 4–5 Rich Stadium 25,640
10 November 10 Cleveland Browns W 27–10 5–5 Riverfront Stadium 57,293
11 November 17 at Los Angeles Raiders L 6–13 5–6 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 52,501
12 November 24 at Cleveland Browns L 6–24 5–7 Cleveland Municipal Stadium 74,439
13 December 1 Houston Oilers W 45–27 6–7 Riverfront Stadium 46,140
14 December 8 Dallas Cowboys W 50–24 7–7 Riverfront Stadium 56,936
15 December 15 at Washington Redskins L 24–27 7–8 RFK Stadium 50,544
16 December 22 at New England Patriots L 23–34 7–9 Sullivan Stadium 57,953

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summaries

Week 1

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Week 4

1 234Total
• Bengals 0 14716 37
Steelers 0 10140 24

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Week 6

1 234Total
Giants 0 31710 30
• Bengals 14 777 35

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Week 8

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals
1 2 34Total
Steelers 0 7 01421
Bengals 3 14 9026

at Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati

  • Date: October 27, 1985
  • Game time: 4:00 pm EST
  • Game weather: 59 °F (15 °C), wind 4 miles per hour (6.4 km/h; 3.5 kn)
  • Game attendance: 55,241
  • Referee: Bob McElwee
  • TV announcers (NBC): Don Criqui (play by play), Bob Trumpy (color commentator)
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Standings

AFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Cleveland Browns(3) 8 8 0 .500 4–2 7–5 287 294 L1
Cincinnati Bengals 7 9 0 .438 4–2 5–7 441 437 L2
Pittsburgh Steelers 7 9 0 .438 3–3 6–6 379 355 L1
Houston Oilers 5 11 0 .313 1–5 4–8 284 412 L4

Team leaders

Passing

Player Att Comp Yds TD INT Rating
Boomer Esiason 431 251 3443 27 12 92.3

Rushing

Player Att Yds YPC Long TD
James Brooks 192 929 4.8 39 7
Larry Kinnebrew 170 714 4.2 29 9

Receiving

Player Rec Yds Avg Long TD
Cris Collinsworth 65 1125 17.3 71 5
James Brooks 55 576 10.3 57 5
Eddie Brown 53 942 17.8 68 8

Defensive

Player Tackles Sacks INTs FF FR
Tim Krumrie 96 3.5 0 1 2
Ross Browner 63 9 0 0 2
James Griffin 55 1 7 2 1

Kicking and punting

Player FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Points
Jim Breech 33 24 72.7% 50 48 96.0 120
Player Punts Yards Long Blkd Avg.
Pat McInally 57 2410 64 1 42.3

Special teams

Player KR KRYards KRAvg KRLong KRTD PR PRYards PRAvg PRLong PRTD
Mike Martin 48 1104 23.0 45 0 32 268 8.4 26 0

Awards and honors

References

  1. ^ "1985 Cincinnati Bengals draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 6, 2014.
  2. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-Dec-24.
  3. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com
  4. ^ Pro Football Reference; Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals – October 27th, 1985