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Cincinnati Bengals’ All-Time Receiving TD Leaders
The Cincinnati Bengals began play with the AFL in 1968 and moved to the NFL with the merger in 1970. The Bengals have been to the Super Bowl twice and lost both times, but they have been competitive, and when they’ve been good, they’ve been very good. The Bengals always seem to field great quarterbacks and receivers, and here is a short list of the team’s all-time leaders in receiving touchdowns to date:
Chad Ochocinco (66)—Chad Ochocinco (former Chad Johnson) has played in Cincinnati his entire career so far, from 2001 until now as I write this in 2011. Ochocinco ranks first in Bengals’ history with 66 touchdown receptions, and he has made the Pro Bowl six times, twice as a first team All Pro. Ochocinco had a career high 10 TD catches in 2003, but his best overall season was arguably 2005. That year, Ochocinco was a first team All Pro and had a career high 97 catches for 1432 yards, with 9 touchdown receptions.
Carl Pickens (63)—Carl Pickens played for the Bengals most of his career, from 1992 to 1999, and he ranks second in franchise history with 63 TD catches. Pickens had his best season in 1995, one of two Pro Bowl seasons, when he had 99 catches for career highs in receiving yards (1234) and touchdown receptions (17, led the NFL).
Isaac Curtis (53)—Isaac Curtis played for the Bengals his entire career, from 1973 to 1984, and he made the Pro Bowl his first four seasons. Curtis ranks third in Bengals’ history with 53 touchdown catches. Curtis had a career best 10 touchdowns in 1974, but his best overall season may have been 1975. That year, Curtis caught 44 passes for a career high 934 receiving yards (and career high 21.2 yards-per-catch average), with 7 TD catches.
Eddie Brown (41)—Eddie Brown played for Cincinnati his entire career, from 1985 to 1991, and he ranks fourth in team history with 41 touchdown catches. Brown had his best season in 1988, when he caught 53 passes for career highs in receiving yards (1273) and TD receptions (9, tied career best).
T.J. Houshmandzadeh (37)—T.J. Houshmandzadeh has played for the Bengals most of his career, from 2001 to 2008, and he ranks fifth in franchise history with 37 TD receptions. Houshmandzadeh had his best season in 2007, his lone Pro Bowl year. That season, Houshmandzadeh had career highs in catches (112, led the NFL), receiving yards (1143), and TD receptions (12).