Still No Answers as Bengals Fall to Chiefs 27-20

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer (9) scrambles out of the pocket as Kansas City Chiefs' Donnie Edwards (59) looks on 

Coming off a bye the Bengals said that things would be changing.  The more talk they have done, it seems like the more things have stayed the same.  The Bengals are in DEEP trouble after Sunday’s 27-20 loss to the Chiefs, and team that when you looked on the schedule a few weeks ago you easily would have marked it as a win.  The defense again looked like Swiss cheese, and for some reason they forgot to cover TE Tony Gonzalez most of the afternoon.

After taking a 7-3 lead on a Carson Palmer to T.J. Houshmandzadeh catch, the Bengals allowed the Chiefs to outscore them 17-3 to end the first half in a 20-7 hole.  The defense could not contain Chiefs RB Larry Johnson, who rushed for 119 yards on 31 carries, and KC made plays on third down, going 7-for-16 overall while the Bengals went just 1-for-11.

Consider that the team has dropped 4 straight, and are 1-7 since being 8-5 a year ago.  Palmer on the day was 26-for-43 for 320 yards and two TD’s and two INT’s.  Houshmandzadeh had 8 catches for 145 yards, and Kenny Watson led the running game with 68 yards on 13 carries.  Rudi Johnson dressed, but saw just one carry for 8 yards.

Could Marvin Lewis be on the hot seat if this thing doesn’t get turned around?  He really should be, as with home games vs the Jets, vs the Steelers and then at Buffalo, if the cats do not win at least two of their next three, this season will be already more than lost.  Right now at 1-4 is just sick, and they had better get on a roll.  Real quick.


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