The Cincinnati Bengals had another 4-12 season. They did defeat, both times at home, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Philadelphia Eagles. The Steelers were on their way to their fourth Super Bowl victory in six years. The Eagles were 11-5 and won a playoff game.
Week 8-The Steelers came in at 5-1 and the Bengals had lost all six games.
Cincinnati used seven fumble recoveries, two pass interceptions, and a good ground game to win. The Bengals capped two touchdowns with a Kenny Anderson pass to Dan Ross and smash run by Pete Johnson. With Pittsburgh behind 13 to 3, there was worse to come for the Steelers. Return Specialist Larry Anderson fumbled two successive kickoffs and the Bengals recovered and ran them over the goal line. The first recovery by Howard Kurnich and the second from Jim Le Clair. Two kickoff returns for touchdowns by the kicking team.
The Bengals led 27 to 3 at halftime and Chuck Noll, the Steeler Coach, exploded. In the second half, the Bengals scored another touchdown. Against a prevent defense, Terry Bradshaw capped a drive with a touchdown pass to John Stallworth. Notables for the day:
–Bengals Running Back Charles Alexander carried 19 times for 91 yards;
–Ivy League Linebacker Reggie Williams intercepted two passes for the Bengals;
–Steelers’ John Stallworth caught six passes for 126 yards and the noted touchdown. A good performance in the landslide.
Final- Bengals get their first win; an easy 34 to 10 margin over the Steelers.