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Bewildered Bengals Fall To 49ers; 13-8

Good: Defensive end Jonathan Fanene led the Bengals defensive attack with a pair of the club’s five sacks on Alex Smith.  Also, eight tackles for loss and limiting 49ers running back Frank Gore to only 42 yards on 17 totes was quite impressive.  Overall, the defense allowed just one play over 20 yards on the day.  Yet, other than the punter Kevin Huber putting together an array of three kicks inside the 20, there wasn’t much good to note for Marvin Lewis’ legion.   

Bad: The redzone/goal line offense was stalled twice; one time from the two-yard line in the first quarter and the other occasion from first and goal from the 49ers 6, on the drive before San Fran’s game-clinching 10-play, 72-yard fourth quarter journey en route to overtaking the lead and the game.  Andy Dalton was dismal, throwing two interceptions on 17 of 32 passing the football.  Simply put, the 4.9 yards per pass attempt is not going to win many contests.  In conclusion, it was truly a lackluster performance by Jay Gruden’s conservative offense.  A little over 43,000 were at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday…

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