The prospect of the Cincinnati Bengals having a losing season is looking more likely. Following a 24-20 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. Here are some observations from Sunday’s game.
Two Bengals return
A.J. Green returned after being ejected from last week’s game in Jacksonville. Fortunately for Green and the Bengals, he was only received a fine and not suspended for his fight with Jalen Ramsey last week. Green had the play of the day from a Bengals perspective. Scoring a touchdown with a 70 yard reception in the fourth quarter.That and Randy Bullock’s point after attempt gave the Bengals a 20-17 lead.
Elsewhere, Bullock was back in action (no pun intended) this week. After missing last week’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars with back issues. Bullock missed an extra point following a Brandon LaFell touchdown. He nearly missed another extra point later in the game. With the ball bouncing off one upright and ultimately going through successfully.
Another rough day for Andy Dalton
Two fumbles and an unsuccessful final drive marked the low points for Andy Dalton on Sunday. One fumble came with the Bengals in the red zone during the second quarter. Fortunately for Dalton and the Bengals, Darquez Dennard got an interception on the next play. Putting the Bengals back in the red zone. The Bengals didn’t squander the opportunity thanks to a Joe Mixon touchdown.
Another week brings another ejection
Vontaze Burfict was disqualified from the game following a penalty in the second quarter. For making contact with a referee, while pleading his case following a different penalty over a late hit. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Burfict won’t face a suspension for the ejection. It was the latest in a series of hot head moments for Burfict over the last two years. The ejection is unfortunately another dent in Burfict’s on-field reputation.
A dull third quarter on offense
There wasn’t much to report from the third quarter of this game. Neither the Bengals or the Titans scored a point. On the Bengals end it wasn’t much different from a typical second half. Sluggish, largely un-productive and resulting in no real scoring opportunities. The good news for the Bengals was that it was the same story for the Titans.
The Bengals ran out of time
After the Bengals took a late lead in the fourth quarter through Green’s touchdown. The Titans scored through a DeMarco Murray touchdown with 36 seconds left. This didn’t leave the Bengals with much time to work with. If the Bengals had even a minute extra to work with; the Bengals could have pulled off a comeback. Nonetheless they still had their chance with 36 seconds left and didn’t deliver in the clutch.
The Bengals will go to Denver trying to avoid being swept during their road trip. They will face a Denver Broncos team fresh from a rough primetime loss to the New England Patriots. Kickoff between the Bengals and Broncos is set for Sunday at 4:25 PM Eastern time.