As they did two weeks ago in the Meadowlands vs the Giants, the Bengals put forth a game effort, but in the end the Cowboys were simply too much to overcome as the Bengals dropped to 0-5 with a 31-22 loss. The team is 0-5 for the first time since 2002, that season they stared 0-7, and by the end of the year Marvin Lewis was coming in to coach the team. Now one must wonder if Lewis will be around if the team has that type of season.
If the Bengals even want to finish at .500 in 2008, they would have to win 8 of their last 11 games. In other words – get ready for another sub-par .500 season in the Queen City. As for this Sunday, the Bengals made it close, but after they got within 17-16 with 14:02 left, the team got an onside kick, but a Chris Perry fumble at the 37 basically sealed the teams fate. “This game is on me,” Perry said. “We had the momentum. We were going down to put points on the board and I let it go. The last two games (losses to Cleveland and Dallas) are on me. I didn’t secure the ball well enough.”
The Cowboys then scored on a Tony Romo to Terrell Owens 57-yard pass that made it 24-16. The Bengals again got within 2 at 24-22, but again, the Cowboys answered with Romo getting a lucky TD pass to Patrick Crayton that clearly was intended for Miles Austin with 1:52 to go to seal the fate of the cats.
Carson Palmer did play after all, and was okay, going 23-for-39 for 217 yards with two TD’s and one pick. The Bengals put up just 269 yards of offense, as again the running game was nowhere to be found, going for just 61 yards on 23 carries (2.7 yards per carry). T.J. Houshmandzadeh led the team with both TD catches from Palmer and had 7 grabs for 85 yards.
In the end though, it was just another ‘so close – but so far’ effort from a team that simply has not played well enough to win in 08 so far. Next Sunday they get a taste of Brett Favre in a Jets uni as they travel to the Meadowlands for the second time in 2008 as take on the 2-2 Jets.
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