Weeks upon weeks of “close but no cigar” is getting a bit old. The Bengals again on Sunday at the Meadowlands put forth a solid effort against the Jets, but again, didn’t have enough on offense and gave up a couple plays too many on defense enroute to a 26-14 loss. While the loss is bad enough as the team is 0-6, now the news that Carson Palmer is not going to play against the Steelers in downright deflating.
Palmer is the teams franchise player, without a doubt, and while Ryan Fitzpatrick tried hard to hold his own against the Jets, he’s no Palmer, and it is showing on the field. The offense is in deep trouble. They have no running game to speak of, and have to find a way vs a solid Steelers team this weekend to try and create yards anyway they can.
The season has been unwinding since the teams ugly home loss in week two to the Titans. They had a great shot on the road in week 3 to upset the Giants, and didn’t get it done. Same went for the Browns game at home in week four, and then against the Cowboys in week five.
You have to wonder how truly bad it is going to get. After the Steelers they go to Houston, then play at home on the 2nd of November vs the Jaguars. By no means, no easy task in any of their next three games. Right now there is a lot of head shaking in the locker room and among coaches, and for this season to have any sort of happy ending, Marvin Lewis and the players had better start turning it around. Right away.
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