The numbers are staggering – 545 yards of offense, 28 first downs, 41 points. Oh, and by the way, it comes in a losing effort. That’s right, the Cincinnati Bengals put up some monster numbers on Sunday at home at Paul Brown Stadium vs the San Diego Chargers, but they forgot one simple thing – play a little defense. Marvin Lewis should be ashamed as he sits in him multi-million dollar home tonight, as he is supposed to be this coach that stresses defense. Hey Marvin – where was it Sunday.
Yes, the Bengals were playing the Chargers, a team that has some high powered offense with a superstar running back and a solid quarterback, but come on – 49 points, 430 yards?! And this after your offense put your defense up 21-0 and then 28-7 at the half. Shameful. The second half was a track meet, as the Chargers ran around, putting up points and getting back in the game – while the Bengals defense could do nothing to stop them. They tried zone, they tried blitzes, they tried stacking the line against the run. Nothing worked.
The Bengals are now officially a mess. The locker room bickering, the finger pointing, and the constant mouthing that comes out from the team is just ridiclous. Quit telling the rest of the league how good you are – your 4-5 and now three full games back of the Ravens in the divisional race. Whatever race that may be left. “It’s not good,” said Carson Palmer, who was 31-of-42 for 440 yards and three touchdowns. “It’s a tough situation to be in. We just have to keep fighting and we might be able to scrape into the playoffs. You never know — 9-7 could get in.”
Instead of 9-7, the Bengals had better start thinking about just getting a win again. You look at their schedule, and it’s not all wine and roses. At the Saints, at the Browns, vs the Ravens, vs the Raiders, and at Indy, at Denver and vs the Steelers to end the season. Ouch. Good luck to Marvin, and getting this mess, both on and off the field right, may be his biggest challenge yet since becoming the coach.