The Film Don't Lie: Cincinnati Bengals - ESPN
Where, oh where do we begin with this week's fixes? There are any number of directions we could go following Cincinnati's 24-3 debacle Thursday night at Paul Brown Stadium. But since the Bengals' Week 11 opponent, the New Orleans Saints, have a running back who has rushed for more than 100 yards in three straight games and a tight end who can leap out of his domed home, it makes sense these fixes focus on countering backs and tight ends.
In a way, the Saints were the Bengals' first opponent, long before either took the field. In the 1960s both New Orleans and Cincinnati competed for the National Football League's 16th franchise.
The good news for the Bengals is that they are 5-3-1, so only one half-game out of first place in the AFC North behind Cleveland. The bad news is that the loss to Cleveland was brutal and now they have to play in New Orleans against a Saints team that is also coming of a three-point loss to San Francisco in New Orleans. I do give consideration to the wind conditions that night but Andy Dalton had one of the most inaccurate passing days I have ever seen. AJ Green could not separate from Joe Haden and defensively they made the Browns running game look spectacular. It seems to me that when the Bengals lost Mike Zimmer they lost a lot.
Most weekends, Andrew Whitworth, his wife Melissa and his family will spend time with Andy Dalton and his wife, Jordan. The occasions entail standard activities with friends and family. That was the case again this weekend, though, the eyes and ears of Bengals fans everywhere would be interested in the conversations and emotions of the quarterback coming off the worst game not only of his career, but one of the worst in NFL history.
The Cincinnati Bengals will travel south to take on the New Orleans Saints Sunday, and the X-factor for a Bengals win will be QB Andy Dalton. The Bengals are coming off their worst offensive performance last week in a home game against the Cleveland Browns, and will have to turn that around if they expect to get back on track against an offensively explosive Saints team.
It has been just one weird season for the Cincinnati Bengals. Things became even stranger last Thursday when the Bengals failed to show up on either side of the ball in a stunning 24-3 home loss to the Cleveland Browns.