Almost. They almost came back down 27-7 and made us believers again. Almost. Marvin's statement in his press conference will likely focus on something like "we had a chance but we just need to execute a few more plays." False. The Bengals have troubles up and down the roster (and on the sidelines). Chad Johnson seemingly walking off the field after whining and getting in a confronation with Whitworth on the field. Hippapotsmith with more mental errors. Huge mistakes on special teams. More entirely predictable playcalling.
But there were highlights. TO is a boss. Peko with a great game at DT and one of the best blocks ever on the Head & Sholders spokesperson on the goal line. The defense played great considering their field position challenges, putting pressure on "Ben" and making some big plays.
But in the end, again, it wasn't enough. At 2-6, the playoffs are out of treach with the Bengals 4 games back in the North, and its time to start thinking about how to move forward.
And with the loss, Mike Brown gets his 200th loss as Owner/GM!
Also, our friend Joe Reedy notes that this is the 3rd time in 4 years the team has started 2-6 or worse, and discusses how this was Mike Brown's 200th loss in 311 games as owner.
Next week at Indy - the road doesn't get any easier from here.