The Bengals’ Back-to-Back Bungles

The Cincinnati Bengals failed to pass the pylons again on Thursday, and the clock has begun to tick on their season.

By: Oscar Rzodkiewicz

@ORzodkiewicz

The Bengals produced nine total points in their first two games, reaching the endzone zero times in 53:45 total minutes of possession in their own building.

“We [were not] good enough today,” said head coach Marvin Lewis after the 13-9 loss to Houston.

“We didn’t play [well] enough to win on offense, and we gave up a play on defense that we can’t give up.”

As a result of the lackluster start, Ken Zampese appears to be out as offensive coordinator after only two weeks, according to Ian Rapoport on Twitter. Zampese was promoted to OC after Hue Jackson left for Cleveland in 2016.

Cincinnati’s offensive woes boil down heavily to the play of Andy Dalton, who completed only 36 of 66 passes for 394 yards during the first two contests, including a five-turnover fiasco against Baltimore. Dalton currently sports a 47.2 passer rating; his finished last season at 91.8.

Although Lewis asserted that the seven-year vet out of TCU will remain the starter under center, Dalton’s play will unquestionably need to return to form if the Bengals want a chance at that elusive playoff victory the city has lacked since 1991.

The Bengals travel to Green Bay next week to face Aaron Rodgers and company in hopes of rerouting their season. After finishing last year at 6-9-1, Lewis’ crew feels the pressure that accompanies trying to regain playoff contention.

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