Bengals Early Bird Special

CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 25: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals drops back to pass during the game against the San Francisco 49ers on September 25, 2011 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. The 49ers defeated the Bengals 13-8. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)

Good morning everyone. Time to roll out of bed, hop in the shower, grab a quick bite to eat, and rush off to work. 

We all know what the outcome of Sunday's game. And to say the least it was disappointing. For the first time this season Andy Dalton did indeed look like a rookie. But that's all part of the learning and development process. Rookies are going to go through their ups and downs. It was only a matter of time until Dalton made that "rookie mistake." And unfortunately for him and the Bengals it occurred during the Bengals two-minute offense in the fourth quarter with the game on the line. 

Another element of the game that hurt the Bengals chances was their inability to convert on third down situations. Last week against the Broncos converted only one of their 11 third downs. And on Sunday they only converted one of their ten third downs. If the Bengals intend to win some more games this season then they are going to have to improve their third down success rate. Otherwise who knows when we'll get to celebrate another victory. 

And finally, the final part of the game that hurt the Bengals was their nearly non-existent running game. Sure they had more yards on the ground compared to the 49ers, but the Niners running game came through when it mattered the most. Also Alex Smith was able to keep the chains moving for the Niners when they needed it. Dalton was unable to keep the opposing defense on the field, but that's all part of the learning curve. 

Hopefully this week the outcome will be better and the Bengals will march on to victory against the Buffalo Bills. Or if they lose, hopefully we'll witness the Bengals getting back on track and right the ship before it's too late. 

Alright here is a look at what you may have missed or overlooked from the weekend.

 

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