As can be gathered from the title, the purpose of this post is to move that awful picture of the cat shitting further down the page.
It's also to point out a major emerging theme this season: the Bengals won't play their best players.
It's a new and fun and original way to lose the Bengals haven't yet explored. So far so good though. If any NFL organization needed an edge it would be Mike Brown's Bengals, but nope, instead they decide to simply increase their own degree of difficulty. The insanity of it all is dazzling. I stand in awe. Witness:
- Nate Livings at LG over Evan Mathis. We have been over this before.
- Dennis Roland at RT over anyone. I didn't get a chance to watch the game and Joe Reedy doesn't have his snap count breakdown up yet but I believe Andre Smith got a lot of action - and apparently wasn't much better. The obvious stopgap solution until perhaps Andre Smith actually earns the right to play RT? Anthony Collins. I can't find the article now, but he graded out around average for his play last year. He would seem a clear upgrade over the currently shitty Roland and Smith.
- Bernard Scott with 2 total offensive touches yesterday. At least, according to Stripe Hype. It's not just last game though, where the offense appeared to be taking large chunks of yardage without Scott, but just in general. Scott clearly brings more big play potential to the table than any other back. Even with the White Weapon back in the lineup & the reliable Benson, he needs to be featured more in the running game.
I don't quite know who to blame for this one, but it would actually appear to be the coaches. They must be seeing something we're all not. Or maybe they just have really shitty vision.
This loss was somewhat expected given the Bengals play so far. Giving away one of the more winnable games would ordinarily be a recipe for doom. However, another major theme emerging this season, this one league-wide and not specific to the Bengals, is SUPER parity. No team really looks dominant. At all. Barring collapse (and don't bar that possibility out at all) the Bengals will remain mathematically alive until the bitter end I would guess.