Well, the Bengals just tied for the second time in three years and the third time during the Marvin Lewis era, and I don’t think I’d feel any worse if the outcome of the Week 8 game was a loss.
I think Andy Dalton would agree.
This was a messy game that actually featured some great offensive play, for both teams, but the Bengals’ defense and special teams couldn’t do enough, or actually did too much (on the negative end of the spectrum) and cost the Bengals as the game ended in a 27-27 tie.
The social media reactions ranged after the tie from good, to bad, to funny, and everything in between. So, let’s get right to them.
Asked Adam Jones about his confidence in #Bengals finishing strong: "That's a clown-a** question."— Jeremy Rauch (@FOX19Jeremy) October 30, 2016
The fumble in overtime:
So do we.
AJ on tie: I feel like nothing. I feel blah— Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) October 30, 2016
Tyler Eifert is BACK... If that helps you feel better about today.
Looking for a silver lining? This was the 1st time this year we played a team with a winning record and didn't lose. #BengalsProblems— Bengals Problems (@BengalsProblems) October 30, 2016
Blah, blah, blah.
Most common answer I got from Bengals players on the game ending in a tie, "it's a blah feeling".— Elise Jesse (@Elise_JesseWLWT) October 30, 2016
The Redskins-Bengals tie is the NFL's second this season, the first time that's happened since 1997 when Washington tied New York. pic.twitter.com/AL3b0Cw61h— ESPN (@espn) October 30, 2016
"That's a long way to go to kiss your sister" -Lap on the Bengals tie in London.— Randi Rico WLWT (@RandiRicoWLWT) October 30, 2016
When we were asking AJ Green about the battle with Josh Norman a smirk came across his face, "it was a fun challenge". 9 catches for 121 yds— Elise Jesse (@Elise_JesseWLWT) October 30, 2016
Norman: "Who is official 88? I've gotta know. You suck. I'm just putting it out there." Goes on long list of questionable calls.— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) October 30, 2016
Norman has all the takes.
Norman: "if you're putting this game on (Hopkins) for missing the field goal, you suck, know nothing about football. It's a team game."— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) October 30, 2016
How we’re feeling, too.
Glad you think so, Ian.
I don’t think this is meant to be a positive thing.
As I've said multiple times on @dpshow, Bengals aren't losing a playoff game this year.— Andrew Perloff (@andrewperloff) October 30, 2016
Trent Williams: "it sucks to come out without a victory but only bright side is I guess that it's not a loss."— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) October 30, 2016
Williams on tie: "it's such a physical game you've got to put a cap on it...putting cap on it is smart, but it does suck coming out w a tie"— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) October 30, 2016
Ties do not phase the British.
This is definitely NOT a good thing.
#Bengals Marvin Lewis trying to join Bart Starr (Packers) as only NFL coaches w/3 or more ties since OT started in 1974— Joe Reedy (@joereedy) October 30, 2016
Andy Dalton is taking the blame for the loss.
Andy Dalton: "We absolutely let it slip away. That's on me." #Bengals— Jeremy Rauch (@FOX19Jeremy) October 30, 2016
A.J. Green's 18 targets were one shy of his career high (in Miami OT loss in 2013). #Bengals— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonCMG) October 30, 2016
Unfortunately, Green can’t win games alone.
A.J. Green has his 4th 100-yd receiving game this season. He's the only player in Bengals history to have 4 100-yd games within 1st 8 games. pic.twitter.com/txsoTaojQz— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) October 30, 2016
More British fans who don’t seem too upset:
27-27, have a massive headache. Thanks to all the Bengals who came out and made this special.— Jamie Wroe (@trequartbeasta) October 30, 2016
Zero percent surprised by the tie, but this whole day has been an incredible experience. I hope Bengals come back to U.K. #whodeyintheUK— Evan Dulaney (@EvanDulaney) October 30, 2016
Bengals aren't well-coached, play stupidly and tackle badly. Other than that...— Bill Rabinowitz (@brdispatch) October 30, 2016
I’m not ready for “on the bright side”...
On the bright side, figuring out tiebreakers will be a hellva lot easier now...— Josh Kirkendall (@Josh_Kirkendall) October 30, 2016
Just for fun...
Ryan Fitzpatrick, meanwhile, has 30 yards passing against a Browns defense that gave up 559 total yards to the Bengals last week. #NYJvsCLE— Marc Sessler (@MarcSesslerNFL) October 30, 2016
Marv on tie: best lesson today...keep playing to next down not over— Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) October 30, 2016
A tie is the 2016 Bengals season in a nutshell.— Anthony Cosenza (@CJAnthonyCUI) October 30, 2016
First time we've had ties in NFL in back to back weeks since 1997. And just like in 97.. one of the 4 teams involved? Washington— trey wingo (@wingoz) October 30, 2016
Gruden: "I don't know how to react. I didn't know it was possible to tie. There was a tie last week I was like 'how heck did they tie?'"— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) October 30, 2016
Let’s end with this:
Until next time, Bengals fans. Unfortunately, next time isn’t for over two weeks when the Bengals take on the Giants on Monday Night Football in Week 10. I will be there in person, and let me say, I’m really hoping the Bengals show up prepared and ready to win.