Thanksgiving is a big day for the NFL, football has become as synonymous with the day as turkey. Meanwhile, the Cincinnati Bengals season is in a state of disarray this Thanksgiving.
The Thanksgiving holiday is a major turning point in the NFL season. As the playoff picture begins to take shape across the league. The Cincinnati Bengals playoff picture looks frankly distant to non-existent as Thanksgiving nears. The Bengals have a substantial uphill climb ahead of them if they hope to win the AFC North. Part of that climb will be undertaken this weekend; as the Bengals face the Baltimore Ravens.
Two big injuries rattled the Bengals back on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. With A.J. Green out for at least a week or two with a strained hamstring. Plus, Giovani Bernard now out for the rest of the season. With an injury many didn’t even notice until after the game on Sunday. The impact of these injuries on the Bengals could be noticeable.
The Bengals and their fans might be breathing a sigh of relief at one piece of news. Knowing that A.J. Green likely won’t be out for the rest of the year. Green boosted an offense that otherwise has underwhelmed over the course of this season. The Bengals offensive issues continue to impact them game after game. Their sluggish offense is the difference between the Bengals being 3-6-1 and potentially being 6-4.
The Bengals offense problems remain the most glaring issue for them right now. Luckily for the Bengals their defense is still mostly holding up well. Without the Bengals defense this Bengals team would be in much worse shape. Also the Bengals can still cling to the fact that their division isn’t in great shape. Yet, if the Bengals hope to still contend in their division they’ll need to snap into shape.
Sunday could work wonders for the Bengals if they beat the Ravens. It would create an opportunity for the Bengals to creep back into the divisional mix. However, if they walk out of Baltimore with a loss, their season would be more cooked than an overdone Thanksgiving turkey.