The Cincinnati Bengals find themselves at their lowest point of the season so far. Now finding themselves two games under a .500 record. With the Bengals losing to the New England Patriots on Sunday 35-17.
The Patriots got on the board first with a field goal. The Bengals struggled to get in the end zone in the first quarter. A Giovani Bernard reception helped put the Bengals in a first and goal situation. Yet, the Patriots defense put the breaks on the goal line stand. Instead of trying to tie, the Bengals went for a touchdown on fourth down. Ultimately, the Bengals were close but not close enough.
The Bengals defense prevented the Patriots from scoring on the following drive. The Bengals responded with an Andy Dalton touchdown. Giving the Bengals a 7-3 lead with roughly three minutes left in the first half. The lead didn’t last long, with James White scoring a touchdown with roughly a minute left in the first half. Giving the Patriots a 10-7 lead going into the halftime break.
Brandon LaFell put the Bengals back out in front with a touchdown. In the midst of some of his former New England teammates. For a brief stretch the Bengals looked like a team with victory within their grasp. They had momentum briefly on their side, emphasis on the word briefly. Within minutes the Bengals saw their lead fade away.
First with Andy Dalton getting sacked in the end zone for a safety. Then Rob Gronkowski scored a touchdown on the following drive. Within six minutes and 14 seconds, the Cincinnati Bengals went from having a 14-10 lead to trailing 19-14. The tempo of the game changed from that moment onward. The Patriots James White extended their lead with his second touchdown of the game. As the Bengals fell behind by more than one possession.
Yet a missed point after attempt made it a 25-14 game. A 25 yard Mike Nugent field goal put the game back in reach for the Bengals. With the Bengals down by eight, 25-17 with 12:34 left in the fourth. Yet that was all the Bengals had to give in this game. With the Patriots making a field goal & LeGarrette Blount scoring a touchdown in the final seconds.
As the Bengals were handed a 35-17 loss to New England. Falling to a 2-4 record, their worst record of the season so far. The Bengals now head back to Cincinnati after two consecutive road games. With the win less Cleveland Browns coming to town in the first leg of the Battle of Ohio rivalry. The Bengals will head into next week with a few injury concerns.
Along with tight end Tyler Eifert, yet to play this year. The Bengals might head into next week’s Browns game without center Russell Bodine. He was carted off the field in the third quarter, with a right leg injury. Regardless, the Bengals will head into next week trying to salvage a season that’s teetering towards mediocrity.