Today in Bengals History

Sept 7, 2003

Marvin Lewis makes a rocky debut as Bengals head coach in a 30-10 loss to the Denver Broncos at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals fell behind 20-3 at half and were down 30-3 late in the fourth quarterback before Jon Kitna hit Chad Johnson with a 41-yard touchdown pass.

Denver running back Clinton Portis ran for 120 yards and two scores to offset three interceptions by quarterback Jake Plummer, while the Broncos defense added to the point total when Ian Gold returned a Kitna pick 12 yards for a score early in the third quarter.

Johnson finished with game highs in catches (six) and receiving yards (95), but the Bengals had no running game whatsoever. Corey Dillon gained 34 yards on 14 carries, and as a team Cincinnati mustered only 51 yards on 22 carries for a 2.3 average.

Other games on this date:

Sept. 7, 2008 – Baltimore Ravens 17, Cincinnati Bengals 10 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Joe Flacco’s NFL debut was a winning, if not spectacular, one as he completed 15 of 29 passes for 129 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. The Bengals lone touchdown came on a 65-yard fumble return by Jonathan Joseph.

Sept. 7, 1997 – Baltimore Ravens 23, Cincinnati Bengals 10 at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. The Bengals led this Week 2 contest 10-3 at halftime on a Doug Pelfrey 46-yard field goal and an 8-yard touchdown pass from Jeff Blake to Carl Pickens. But the Ravens outscored Cincinnati 20-0 in the second half.

Sept. 7, 1986 – Kansas City Chiefs 24, Cincinnati Bengals 14 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. The Chiefs rushed for 180 yards and blocked a punt for a touchdown send the Bengals to their fourth consecutive season-opening loss. Boomer Esiason threw a pair of touchdown passes to Cris Collinsworth, but Cincinnati had three turnovers in addition to the blocked punt.

Sept. 7, 1980 — Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17, Cincinnati Bengals 12 at Riverfront Stadium. Played in a second-half deluge, the game turned when Bengals punter Pat McInally had a snap go right through his hands in the fourth quarter, ruining Forrest Gregg’s debut as head coach. Tampa Bay took over at the Cincinnati 5 and after a holding penalty, Doug Williams hit Jimmie Giles with a game-winning 15-yard touchdown pass with under three minutes to go.