Losses in week 7 and week 8 of the 1973 season brought the Bengals to an even 4-4. Both losses were on the road-20 to 13 to the Pittsburgh Steelers and 38 to 10 to the Dallas Cowboys. After this came six consecutive wins, one of the great runs in Cincinnati history. They won the AFC Central with a 10-4 record. However, the Miami Dolphins defeated them in the first week of the playoffs 34 to 16. Here were the best performances of the Bengals in the 1973 season. Both of the games were at home.
Week Five vs Pittsburgh.
The Bengals, with great defense, limited the Steelers to six first downs and 138 total yards. They recorded four sacks on Terry Bradshaw for 39 yards in losses. Boobie Clarke, in 28 carries, gained 112 yards and scored one touchdown. Preston Preston caught a touchdown pass in the last minute of play to avoid a shutout. Bengals 19 Steelers 7.
Week Twelve vs Minnesota
The Bengals limited the Vikings to 201 yards. Lemar Parrish returned a fumble 23 yards for one touchdown. Essex Johnson ran 40 yards for another. Since the Minnesota Vikings were 12-2 and wound up in the Super Bowl, this victory was one of the best in the team’s history. Bengals 27 Vikings 0.