1981 Cincinnati Bengals schedule

Season statistics

Offense Defense
Record Playoff record Total yards Pass yards Rush yards Turnovers First downs Total yards Pass yards Rush yards Turnovers First downs
12-4-0 2-1 6947 4623 2324 29 426 6201 3931 2270 44 383
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The Cincinnati Bengals' fourteenth season was in 1981, and it was the second season Forrest Gregg served as the head coach of the team. The Bengals played their home games at Riverfront Stadium. They finished the year 12-4-0 in the regular season, en route to winning the AFC Central, and 2-1 in the playoffs, eventually losing to the San Francisco 49ers 26-21. At the end of the season Ken Anderson earned Comeback Player of the Year and AP Offensive Player of the Year.


Week Opponent Score Notes
Week 1 Seattle Seahawks 27-21
Week 2 @ New York Jets 31-30
Week 3 Cleveland Browns 17-20
Week 4 Buffalo Bills 27-24
Week 5 @ Houston Oilers 10-17
Week 6 @ Baltimore Colts 41-19
Week 7 Pittsburgh Steelers 34-7
Week 8 @ New Orleans Saints 7-17
Week 9 Houston Oilers 34-21
Week 10 @ San Diego Chargers 40-17
Week 11 Los Angeles Rams 24-10
Week 12 Denver Broncos 38-21
Week 13 @ Cleveland Browns 41-21
Week 14 San Francisco 49ers 3-21
Week 15 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 17-10
Week 16 @ Atlanta Falcons 30-28


Week Opponent Score Notes
Divisional Round Buffalo Bills 28-21
Conference Championship San Diego Chargers 27-7
Super Bowl vs. San Francisco 49ers 21-26

1981 Cincinnati Bengals Coaching Staff

Head Coach: Forrest Gregg Defensive Coordinator: Hank Bullough Quarterbacks Coach: Lindy Infante Wide Receivers Coach: Lindy Infante Offensive Line Coach: Jim McNally Tight Ends Coach: Bruce Coslet Offensive Backs Coach: George Sefcik Defensive Line Coach: Dick Modzelewski Linebackers Coach: Hank Bullough Defensive Backs Coach: Dick LeBeau Special Teams Coach: Bruce Coslet Strength and Conditioning Coach: Kim Wood