The Cincinnati Bengals remain win-less on Sunday Night Football during the Marvin Lewis era. After a 45-10 shellacking from the Kansas City Chiefs. Here are some takeaways from a brutal primetime game for the Bengals.
A lethargic night for the Bengals offense
The Bengals offense had one of their worst performances of the season on Sunday night. Instead of having a sluggish half, they had a sluggish game. Failing to score in the first and fourth quarters. Cincinnati’s largely unproductive offense was at their most productive in the second quarter. In this quarter C.J. Uzomah scored the Bengals only touchdown. With an A.J. Green reception putting the Bengals into first and goal territory.
Outside of that it was a relatively quiet night for Green and the Bengals offense. The only other points of the night from Cincinnati came through kicker Randy Bullock. With the extra point after Uzomah’s touchdown and a field goal in the third quarter. All the Bengals could muster in their lowest scoring game of the season. Surrendering their most points of this season so far.
The Kareem Hunt Show
The Bengals offense didn’t do what they needed to do right out of the gate. Failing to score in the opening drive and in the first quarter overall. The Chiefs quickly capitalized with a Kareem Hunt touchdown in their opening drive. Being the first of three touchdowns for Hunt on Sunday night. Scoring again in the second and third quarters.
The Chiefs are who many think they are
Kareem Hunt wasn’t the only Chiefs player that had a good night. Demetrius Harris scored a touchdown in the second quarter. Ron Parker scored through a pick six off of Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton. Tyreek Hill later scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Patrick Mahomes had the night many anticipated he would. Having a 71.8 completion percentage and throwing four of the Chiefs six touchdowns.
Even the Chiefs defense had a strong night. Limiting Andy Dalton to 148 passing yards and sacking him twice. Dalton’s night ended early with backup Jeff Driskel appearing in the fourth quarter. This from a defensive unit giving up 435.4 yards per game. The most for any team in the National Football League.
A head-scratching punt gone wrong
Nothing seemed to go right for the Bengals at times on Sunday night. Giving up several penalties in the fourth quarter. The worst play of the night came through a baffling fake punt attempt. With defensive back Clayton Fejedelem fumbling the snap. Putting the Chiefs at 33 yards from the end zone. Instead of perhaps 63 yards or even keeping the Bengals drive alive.
Vontaze Burfict’s rough weekend
Perhaps no Bengals player had a worse weekend than Vontaze Burfict. He was fined $112,000 by the NFL on Saturday. For numerous unnecessary roughness penalties against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Apparently the NFL has no statute of limitations for issuing penalty-related fines. Then Burfict left the game in the third quarter with a hip injury.
In other injury related news, Shawn Williams was healthy enough to play on Sunday night. After suffering a concussion in last Sunday’s game. Leaving his playing status in doubt for part of last week. Williams’ key contribution was an interception in the third quarter. The best moment in a bad night for the Bengals defense.
The Cincinnati Bengals will now try to get back to winning ways. Following their two toughest games of this season so far. Now looking to keep their winning record intact this coming Sunday. When the Bengals face the “Fitzmagic” fueled Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Cincinnati.