The team in the subject year finished at 10-4 for a mathematical tie with the Pittsburgh Steelers for first place in the AFC Central. However, the Steelers beat the Bengals twice; the team stayed home for the Playoffs. Cincinnati could not even score a touchdown in either game. The Steelers beat the Bengals 23 to 6 in Pittsburgh and in a blizzard won 7 to 3 in Ohio. The Bengals did defeat the Los Angeles Rams at River Front Stadium 20 to 12. The Rams were 10-3-1 and lost to the Minnesota Vikings 24 to 13 in the NFC Title Game.
Defense was the word that day for the Bengals. They recorded two sacks for 33 yards in losses and got four turnovers. Boobie Clarke was the offensive standout. He ran 16 times for 70 yards and a touchdown. He also caught three passes for 39 yards and another touchdown. Again the final-Bengals 20 Rams 12.