Cincinnati Bengals: Top 5 Season Openers

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Oct 11, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) looks to pass in the first half against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 11, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) looks to pass in the first half against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /

1.) 1981: Bengals 27, Seahawks 21

Before he was a should-of-been Hall-of-Fame quarterback, Ken Anderson did not get much love around Cincinnati. In 1980, fans cheered as he laid hurt on the Riverfront Stadium turf, hoping “The Throwin’ Samoan” Jack Thompson, the team’s third overall selection the year before, would take over under center.

One year later when the Bengals opened up against the Seattle Seahawks, Anderson completed just five of 15 passes for 39 yards and a pair of interceptions as Seattle opened up a 21-0 lead in the first quarter, prompting head coach Forrest Gregg to turn to backup Turk Schonert.

Schonert answered the call. He would lead the Bengals to 27 straight points. Running back Pete Johnson ran the winning two-yard score in the fourth quarter. It gave Cincinnati an epic comeback victory for the ages.

Gregg opted to stick with Anderson in week two against the Jets. He would lead a 14-point comeback with two touchdown tosses in a 31-30 win and the rest was history.

Anderson went on to win the NFL MVP award, leading the Bengals to their first AFC Championship and Super Bowl appearance.

The Bengals will look to start 1-0 for the third straight season when they head to MetLife Stadium on Sunday. They face a team they have not beaten on the road since 1981.

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