Monday, February 27, 2012

APR's top 25 regular season upsets: #24

This is the second installment of a series of articles listing APR's top 25 regular season upsets since 1970.

See this article for background and an explanation of how the upsets were determined. Click this link to see all the articles in the series.

#24: 1975 Week 10: Bengals 23, Browns 35 (ρ=1.2743)
Bengals' season: finished 11-3, clinched the #4 seed in the AFC, and lost to the Raiders in the Divisional playoffs.
Browns' season: finished 3-11. This was Forrest Gregg's first season as the Browns' head coach.
What happened: the 1975 Bengals' season divides up nicely into two clear groups. When they held their opponent to 24 points or less, they won, and when they didn't, they lost. The 35 points scored by the Browns was the most the Bengals allowed all season, and one of only two games the Browns scored more than 17 points that year.
The Bengals held the Browns to just 15 points through 3 quarters, but they couldn't hold on for one last quarter. The defense gave up a couple of touchdowns to give the Browns a 6-point lead, and then Ken Anderson threw a game-sealing pick-6, presumably pressing his throws trying to engineer a drive for a go-ahead score.

Next week: a relatively recent game, and the first appearance of the most frequently mentioned team on the list.