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Bengals lose again...

posted Nov 15, 2016, 4:26 PM by Austin James
Article by Jacob Geiser

The Bengals fell 21-20 to the Giants on Monday Night Football. At 3-5-1, the frustration among the team and fans is evident. However, they are still alive in the AFC North. With the Ravens ahead sitting at 5-4, the Bengals are only a game an half back from first place. With 2 games against Baltimore looming, that gap can be closed. The Bengals are in control of their own destiny in the AFC North. It is a very simple solution, that has seemed like an uphill battle all year however. It is simply win.

Win. Easier said than done this year for the Bengals.

When watching the Bengals, I see so much confusion. Something you haven't seen in years past. The once strong defense is now on the ropes too much. The offense with all the talent can't seem to find the endzone. The O-Line is a mess in the 4th quarter, the defense does its job (for the most part) but the offense just stalls on drives.

The trend of teams who are last in the league in *insert any statistical category* and "struggle to do this and that" torched the Bengals last night in big moments. The Giants are one of the worst teams when it comes to sacks and their rushing yards per game. The Giants iced the game with 2 big runs from Rashad Jennings. But before that, the D-Line sacked Dalton 3 straight times the last time the offense was on the field.

All you can do is ask why? How can a team that has consistently beaten the turnover from coordinator to coordinator and thrived in the "next man in" mentality be struggling so much?

Your answer is as good as mine. I don't know.

I don't even think the Bengals know. Which is a big problem. As much as you want to blame the front office, coaches and players. The Bengals aren't out of the division race. Sure, it is doom and gloom with the fans but they 4 remaining division games. Ravens (2), Steelers (1) and the Browns (1). If the Bengals can get on a run who knows maybe they can make the playoffs for the 6th straight year.

A perfect time to get on a run is this Sunday. The Bills, who are in the playoff hunt, come to Paul Brown to face the Bengals. The Bengals haven't played at home since 10/23. A win against a solid Bills team would go a long way to start building this teams confidence. The Bengals are full of veterans and leaders. It is now or never for the Bengals.