The Bengals and Packers have an extremely limited history, being as that both teams are separated by different conferences since Cincinnati joined the NFL in 1970 (joined the AFL in '68, for those of you wanting to correct me). But there is some history there. Since 1971, both teams have meet a total 11 times in the regular season, with the Bengals holding onto a 6-5 series lead. We take a brief look at every game in the history of that series.
Bengals 31, Packers 24 (Sept. 20, 2009): Dubbed the Antwan Odom game, who posted five quarterback sacks during the week two affair. Running back Cedric Benson added 141 yards on 29 carries as the Bengals outscored Green Bay 24-10 after the first quarter (when Palmer was interception happy).
Bengals 21, Packers 14 (Oct. 30, 2005): Dubbed the Brett Favre threw five interceptions... and the Bengals still barely won... game. Despite Favre throwing four of his five interceptions on consecutive possessions, the Packers were 30 yards away from tying the game when time expired on Cincinnati's 30-yard line.
And this happened.
Packers 13, Bengals 6 (Sept. 20, 1998): Neil O'Donnell completed 16 passes for 151 yards and Corey Dillon gained 28 yards rushing on 16 carries. And yet the Bengals defense held their own, giving Cincinnati's ineffective offense every opportunity to win the game.
Packers 24, Bengals 10 (Dec. 3, 1995): Jeff Blake gave Cincinnati a shot, but the team lacked a running game (31 yards rushing) and Favre scored three touchdowns on 339 yards passing -- with Mark Chmura being his favorite receiver. Green Bay's offense eased themselves over an ineffectual Bengals defense, who allowed 434 yards to the Packers.
Packers 24, Bengals 23 (Sept. 20, 1992): Boomer Esiason was awful (less than 50 percent, two interceptions), so the team turned to their rushing offense. Harold Green and Derrick Fenner combined for 153 yards rushing on 35 carries. Cincinnati entered the fourth quarter with a 17-3 lead, but lost it when the Packers went on a 21-point run in the fourth quarter. Terrell Buckley opened the scoring with a 58-yard punt return for a touchdown. Brett Favre, playing only his second game as a Packer, replaced Don Majkowski and engineered two fourth quarterback touchdowns during Green Bay's comeback win. Favre would go on to start the next 321 games... straight.
Bengals 34, Packers 28 (Oct. 5, 1986): Before Esiason was awful, he was awesome. The Bengals jumped out to a 20-point lead after scoring four touchdowns in the second quarter -- two Esiason touchdowns and two James Brooks scores.
Bengals 34, Packers 14 (Oct. 30, 1983): Pete Johnson and Stanley Wilson combined for 196 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 42 carries, taking a 27-7 half time lead. Quarterback Turk Schonert also threw for two touchdowns and scored a third on the ground.
Packers 14, Bengals 9 (Oct. 5, 1980): The Green Bay Packers fumbled the football five times, but they recovered four of them. Kenny Anderson was worse than average, completing 50 percent of his throws, including two interceptions.
Bengals 17, Packers 7 (Oct. 9, 1977): Boobie Clark and Lenvil Elliott combined for 146 yards rushing, but it was Kenny Anderson's eight-yard touchdown pass to Isaac Curtis in the second quarter that tied the game, sealed by Tony Davis' two-yard touchdown run.
Bengals 28, Packers 7 (Sept. 26, 1976): Ken Riley gave Cincinnati their first touchdown on a 53-yard interception return in the second quarter. Safety Tommy Casanova sealed the 21-point win with a 33-yard interception return for a touchdown.
Packers 20, Bengals 17 (Oct. 3, 1971): The first time Cincinnati met with the Packers, the Bengals offense was more like the first half of the '08 season (without Carson Palmer). the Bengals only generated 178 yards of total offense... and fell three points shy of tying the game on a second half surge.