Another week, another loss for the Bengals. It’s about time to start thinking about next years NFL draft. Because if anyone even mentions the word playoffs again, I’m gonna go all Jim Mora on ya…..
Yes, another week, and more things we are already very accustomed to in Bengal land, here are a few off the top of my head.
- Another 100 Yard Rusher allowed (career high 153 yards for Marshawn Lynch)
- Another below average QB made to look like the second coming of Joe Montana, as J.P. Losman threw for almost 300 yards.
- Another road loss
- Another lackluster rushing effort from the Bengals (no Bengal had more than 11 yards on the ground!)
And yes, there are loads more, but right now, lets take a peek at our keys to the game and see how we fared…..
- J.P Losman – Losman returns as the start this week after losing the job earlier in the year to rookie Trent Edwards. With Edwards banged up, J.P. gets a second chance. The Bengals D have a way of making a player like Losman appear superhuman (see Derek Anderson) and this could easily happen again this weekend. The Bengals must avoid the big play from Losman to Evans if they want to win this weekend. (He owned us, and he is not very good.)
- The Road – The Bengals are 0-3 this year on the road and need to cross this mental hurdle if they want to make a run at anything. Ralph Wilson Stadium is not an easy place to play but Cincinnati must overcome this in order to compete this weekend. (The road killed us again, the second half was brutal and we still have not won in Buffalo since the Sam Wyche era)
- The First Half – Let me say this simply. If the Bengals win the first half, they win this game. I think they have forgotten what it is like to play with a lead and it has really hurt the confidence of this team. Other than the Baltimore game in week 1, Cincy has trailed in every game at the half this season and was only able to overcome that versus the Jets. (Actually had a lead at the half 14-13 and just got worn down in this one.)
And now the Bengals sit at 2-6 with quote from Carson Palmer like this following the loss.
“We’re just not a very good football team,” quarterback Carson Palmer said. “I don’t have words for the way we feel in this locker room about this game, about this season. And it’s frustrating.”