When you shoot yourself in the foot all day, as the Cincinnati Bengals did on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, the "goats" of the team are easy to find. The only unit that seemingly came to play for the Bengals was that of special teams, as both the offensive and defensive units hurt the team with their respective blunders. Usually, we nominate individual players for the awards we give out, but we're doing it a bit different this week.
We're going to lump players into two groups who we felt hurt the team with their poor execution. The first group is that of Bengals receivers. They had six drops on the day: two by Pro Bowler A.J. Green, two by Andrew Hawkins and two more forgivable drops, one each by Jermaine Gresham and Marvin Jones, respectively. Four of the six drops were on third downs and would have either converted for a first down or provided a touchdown. It was an uncharacteristically frustrating day from one of the most solid groups on the team.
The Bengals secondary apparently felt that they had to try and keep up with the receivers in the drop column on Sunday. Both Terence Newman and Nate Clements had golden opportunities to intercept two second half passes by Tony Romo and really help CIncinnati ice the game. There was one other ball "thrown" by Romo that could have been intercepted--a shovel pass that was just out of the reach of a diving Rey Maualuga. These missed opportunities on defense might have been just as frustrating as those on offense, if not more so.
Who "got your goat" for the Bengals Week 14 loss to the Cowboys?