It's not hard for Cincinnati Bengals fans to pick their all-time favorite team. The 1988 team boasted one of the most potent offenses in the league that season.
The team ranked first in points scored, total yards gained, net-yards gained per pass attempt, first downs, rushing yards, rushing touchdowns and rushing average.
Sam Wyche spent 12 years as an NFL head coach and compiled a record of 84-107 with two playoff trips.
Wyche learned from the best.
He was an assistant to Bill Walsh during the early 1980s and came to Cincinnati with a hyper-speed version of Walsh's pass heavy offense that would eventually be dubbed "west coast."
Wyche's 1988 Bengals would win the AFC Championship, but fell to the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XXIII. The Bengals lead by three with just 3:10 to go.
However, Joe Montana drove his team 92 yards, eventually connecting with John Taylor on a 10-yard touchdown throw with 0:34 left to win the game.
Boomer Esiason threw for 3,572 yards and 28 touchdowns in 1988, both career bests. His magnificent use of the play action pass played perfectly off the dominant rushing game of James Brooks and Ickey Woods.
Esiason played 10 years with three different NFL teams. He earned four trips to the Pro Bowl. He ended his career with 247 passing touchdowns.
James Brooks gained 1,218 yards from scrimmage in 1988 and scored a total of 14 touchdowns.
Brooks played only eight years in the NFL, but earned four Pro Bowls and three 1,000-yard seasons. He scored 79 total touchdowns in his career.
A dangerous weapon in the passing game, Brooks complimented the smash mouth approach of fellow running back...
Ickey Woods rushed for 1,066 yards his rookie season. He ran for just 459 yards the rest of his career.
That one season was magic, however.
Woods not only pounded out tough yards on the field, but became a bona fide pop culture superstar when his ridiculous "Ickey Shuffle" took the nation by storm.
Like many Bengals in 1988, Eddie Brown had a career year. Brown grabbed 53 catches for 1,273 yards - that adds up to an insane 24.0 yards-per-catch.
Brown played seven solid years in Cincinnati, averaging over 800 receiving yards per season.
Tight end Rodney Holman played 11 NFL seasons and earned four Pro Bowls. He grabbed 39 catches for 527 yards and three touchdowns and provided a great short-yardage look for quarterback Boomer Esiason.
The greatest Bengal to ever wear the uniform. The hall of fame offensive tackle earned 11 straight trips to the pro bowl and anchored the Cincinnati offensive line from the first day he hit the field.
Munoz helped the Bengals lead the league in rushing in 1988 with over 2,700 yards.
Bruce Reimers played 135 NFL games over 10 seasons. He logged 90 starts in his career.
Bruce Kozerski was the 231st player taken in the 1984 NFL draft. The Holy Cross grad went on to play 172 NFL games over 12 seasons, starting 138 times. He helped the Bengals lead the league in rushing with over 2,700 yards.
Max Montoya was a four-time pro bowler and started 203 games in his NFL career. Like Kozerski, Montoya was a late-round draft selection, but turned in a stellar career.
Joe Walter was selected 181st in the 1985 NFL draft. Walter played 12 NFL seasons, all with the Bengals. Walter ended his career with 136 starts on his resume.
Tim McGee was drafted 21st overall in the 1986 NFL draft. While he never lived up to his first-round hype, he did grab 36 balls for 686 yards and six touchdowns in 1988. He would have his career year the following season, with over 1,200 yards in 1989.