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2005 Cincinnati Bengals season
Head coach Marvin Lewis
Home field Paul Brown Stadium
Record 11-5
Place 1st AFC North
Playoff finish Lost Wild Card
Previous season Next season
2004 2006

The 2005 Cincinnati Bengals season was the team's 38th year in professional football and its 36th with the National Football League.




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

Regular season


2005 Cincinnati Bengals Schedule
Date Opponent # Result Score Attn. 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



AFC North
Pittsburgh Steelers 11 5 0 .688 389 258 W-4
Cincinnati Bengals 11 5 0 .688 421 350 L-2
Cleveland Browns 6 10 0 .375 232 301 W-1
Baltimore Ravens 6 10 0 .375 265 299 L-1


Carson Palmer tears his ACL in a playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers

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 Bengals quarterback (Carson Palmer) was hit on just the second play of the game, 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.

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 14 14 3 31
Bengals 10 7 0 0 17

Game Stats- AFC Wild Card Playoff (Sunday January 8, 2006): at Cincinnati Bengals

Awards and records


  • The Bengals established a home season attendance record of 526,469 to break the mark of 524,248 set a season earlier.
  • 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)


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