The last time the Cincinnati Bengals played on Monday Night Football was October 19, 1992. Twelve years went by between visits and a lot has changed. George Bush was in office, not George W. Bush.
The Toronto Blue Jays were on their way to wrapping up the World Series. The Dallas Cowboys, San Francisco 49ers, and San Diego Chargers were all in first place. The New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks were in last place. The Cowboys won the Superbowl over the Buffalo Bills.
David Schula was coaching the Bengals. Tim McGee and Carl Pickens were the Bengals leading receivers and who other then Boomer Esiason was taking the helm. Harold Green rushed for 1,100 yards and the Bengals finished 5-11.
Twelve years ago Bengals lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers 20-0. It was Bill Cowher first season as head coach of the Steelers. Tonight was another story. Cincinnati came into the game 1-4. After an impressive 8-8 last year, this year has gotten off to a rocky start. Tonight's match up looked pretty lopsided on paper. The Bengals were taking on a Broncos team that was 5-1 and had the best defense in the league. But the Bengals came out hungry and shocked the Broncos 23-10.
Chad Johnson caught 7 passes for 149 yards and a touchdown while Rudi Johnson added 119 on the ground with a touchdown.
It was an exciting game and lets hope for the folks of Cincinnati that they do not have to wait another twelve years to play on Monday Night. And hopefully it will be a lot less then fifteen years before they host another Monday Night game.