UPDATED: I'd love to say I pulled a phenomenal reverse jinx with the timing of this post, but instead I'll just say I hope what we saw was really about them learning how to pull out a win, rather than the Chargers continuing to show they know how to lose. Now bring on the Cowboys, Who-Dey!
Last night I found myself wondering when was the last time that the Bengals came from behind to win a game when I realized it hadn't happened once this season. Then digging through the numbers today I realized that, in fact, the Bengals had not won a single game this year in which they trailed at the end of ANY quarter.
Here is the quarter by quarter breakdown of scoring for Bengals & opponents through 11 games.
What jumps out, obviously, is how much worse they've played in the 3rd quarter. The stunning comparison is when you look at Wins vs Losses.
Although they actually hold a slight lead after 1st even in games they went on to lose, it's clear that this is a team who just is not showing the ability to come from behind at any point in the game. Whether that is play-calling or performance, we all should hope they are able to overcome their historic West Coast challenges earlier rather than later.