And again we wait. If the true test of an NFL team is the ability to sustain and maintain a consistently successful performance, and to build on that success week after week...with the Bengals' win in Sunday's finale, we're in an all-too-familiar position. Once again...we wait to see. Read Greg Hoard in the latest inside feature.
It came down to a fourth-and-four with a 1:25 left against the leagues best defense minus J.J. Watt. They got that and more, setting up a 43-yard field goal attempt by Randy Bullock. He missed it, wide right! Coal in your stocking (again) from the Bengals...on Christmas Day!
Ever wonder why Hue Jackson left to coach the Browns? Perhaps in his two tours of duty he never found the answer to the Bengals' most vital deficiency. Why can't they play good football when it really counts? Read more on Sunday's win over the Browns in today's inside feature from Greg Hoard.
But the greater question, the more pressing question is...how does a team play so modestly for over a month, and then come out and play as well as they did on Sunday. Welcome back on board the Bengals' bandwagon.
Bengals coach Marvin Lewis has had his run. He rescued this team from police blotters and show dogs on the sidelines, from the days when the Bengals players got more ink for illegal activity than they did on the sports wires. But now.....!
When There Is Nothing Dependable...They could not have played worse, or with worse karma. Their broadcast voice called the offense "putrid". That sums up the Bengals' loss to the Bills. Read today's Press Pros inside feature.,
Going Nowhere....The Bengals lose again, and the business model is to never show a crack in the armor. But when the armor is obviously disassembling wouldn't it be refreshing for a respected someone (while they have one) to speak up...as if they cared? Greg Hoard writes in today's Press Pros inside feature.
Discipline Under Fire?...The Bengals started bad, finished worse, and played well enough in between to win. You can guess the rest. Penalties and missed opportunities...the same old story. Halfway through the season they've yet to beat a team with a winning record. More from Greg Hoard in today's inside feature.
"D" for desperate! There's a fix that needs to be made. But will it happen. The Brown family is loyal to a fault and forgiving to a flaw. In the meantime there's a feeling that the season is lost...and it's only six weeks old! Read Greg Hoard's summation of the latest Bengals loss in today's Press Pros inside feature.
Painful to watch! Ezekiel Elliot ran all over them, and another rookie, Zach Prescott, pitched a flawless game at quarterback. The two best rookies in the league single-handedly beat the Cincinnati Bengals.
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He 'Should' Be Concerned...If Marvin Lewis looks upset, consider: A rookie quarterback came to Paul Brown Stadium Sunday, threw for four touchdowns in his first-ever road game, and made the Bengals look inept in the second half. Read more about the game from Greg Hoard in the latest Press Pros inside feature.
That Same Ol' Tune....The truth is the Bengals are not as good as the Steelers. They know how to push their buttons, and to make matters worse – they don’t even have to be nasty about it. Read more on the Bengals' misery in the rain at Pittsburgh. Greg Hoard tells the story in today's inside feature.
Red-Hot Rifle...Andy Dalton had one of his best statistical days, and the Bengals showed they could overcome adversity and an emotional road environment in New York. A thrilling opening day win over the Jets is the subject of Monday's Press Pros inside feature from Greg Hoard.
Marvin, You Have A Problem...It was a loss that will linger and may – just may – return the Bengals to the laughing stock status of the past, back when they were primarily known for poor judgment. Read commentary from Greg Hoard on the Bengals' stunning playoff loss in today's Press Pros inside feature.
Uh, Marvin!...No need remind them that the Bengals have lost seven straight playoff games going back to 1990. Now, the chance to change that is right there in front of them. They finished with a flourish and a win over Baltimore. Now, the playoffs await...and Pittsburgh. Greg Hoard, in today's Press Pros inside feature.