Cincinnati Bengals’ All-Time Passing TD Leaders
The Cincinnati Bengals began play in 1968 as an AFL team, merged into the NFL in 1970, and have been to the Super Bowl twice, losing both times. The team has struggled for the most part, but has always had good quarterbacks and receivers. Here is a short list of the Bengals’ all-time leaders in passing touchdowns to date:
Ken Anderson (197)—Ken Anderson played his entire career in Cincinnati, from 1971 to 1986, and he ranks first in Bengals’ history with 197 touchdown passes. Anderson had his best season in 1981, when he had career high numbers in passing yards (3754) and touchdown throws (29) with just 10 interceptions. Not surprisingly, the Bengals got to the Super Bowl that season and Anderson was a first team All Pro.
Boomer Esiason (187)—Boomer Esiason played most of his career for the Bengals, from 1984 to 1992, and again in 1997. He ranks second in franchise history with 187 touchdown passes, and had arguably his best season in 1989. That year, Esiason threw for 3525 yards and tied a career high with 28 touchdown passes and just 11 picks.
Carson Palmer (130)—Carson Palmer has been with the Bengals since 2004 (and is with them as I write this in 2010) and he already ranks third in team history with 130 touchdown throws. Palmer had his best season in 2005, when he threw for 3836 yards and had a career high (and NFL best) 32 touchdown passes with just 12 interceptions. That was also one of two seasons Palmer made the Pro Bowl.
Jeff Blake (93)—Jeff Blake played for Cincinnati from 1994 to 1999, and he ranks fourth in Bengals’ history with 93 touchdown passes. Blake had his best season in 1995, when he made the Pro Bowl with career highs in passing yards (3822) and TD passes (28) with 17 interceptions.
Jon Kitna (59)—Jon Kitna played for the Bengals from 2001 to 2005, and he ranks fifth in franchise history with 59 touchdown passes. Kitna had arguably his best season while with Cincinnati in 2003, when he threw for 3591 yards and had a career high 26 TD passes with 15 picks.