Cincinnati Bengals 1974-Lost Final Three Games

Eleven weeks into the subject season, the Bengals were 7-4, a game and a half behind the first place Pittsburgh Steelers.  After this the injury plagued Bengals lost three in a row.  Cincinnati  at 7-7 was 3 1/2 games behind Pittsburgh.   However for most of the season, the race was close.  The Bengals had two big victories, both at home against playoff bound teams.  Pittsburgh of course won the Super Bowl.

Week 4-Washington Redskins

Kenny Anderson completed 12 of 17 passes for 142 yards and a touchdown.  Surprisingly,  he ran seven times for 70 yards.  The Tigers best effort came from defensive back LeMar Parrish. He had two returns for touchdowns-90 yards on a punt reception and 47 yards with a fumble recovery.  For the Washington Redskins,  Sonny Jurgensen came in a quarterback after three quarters.  The Bengals had a big lead at 28 to 3.

Jurgensen completed 12 of 20 passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns.  This was quite a feat since the Redskins were in a must pass situation.  Jerry Smith caught six passes for 90 yards and a touchdown.  Bengals 28 Redskins 17.

Week 9-Pittsburgh Steelers

The Bengals lost three fumbles and yielded four sacks for 34 yards.  What should have been a route turned in to a close win.  Ken Anderson set an NFL record for completion percentage in one game. He went 20 for 22 for 227 yards.  Doug Dressler caught nine passes for 84 yards.  Bengals 17 Steelers 10. 


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