The Bengals had one of their least inspiring games of the Andy Dalton era on Sunday in Dallas as they let Ezekiel Elliott run wild for 134 yards and 2 touchdowns. The offense was unable to score for three quarters of the game and the defense was unable to stop anyone on Dallas for three quarters of the game. Together, that resulted in a very ineffective day on the field and an embarrassing afternoon for Cincinnati. The Bengals now sport a 2-3 record as they look ahead to the Patriots.
Here’s a roundup of the social media reactions following the game. There was a lot not to like, but, there’s some small tokens of hope, mixed in here, too.
Andy Dalton has been sacked 17 times already this season. He was sacked just 20 times all of 2015.— Chick Ludwig (@ChickLudwig) October 10, 2016
Since 2014, #Bengals are 9-2 when AJ Green goes for 100+ receiving yards. 14-9 when he's held under 100.— Shelby Dermer (@scdermer4) October 10, 2016
That went well......— Melissa Whitworth (@mrs_whit77) October 9, 2016
Even though it was an L, your hubby proved again that he is 1 of the best at what he does. No clue what CIN would do without him on the line https://t.co/eocp5CbvAS— Elise Jesse (@Elise_JesseWLWT) October 9, 2016
Carlos Dunlap had some bad moments today, but he had some good ones, too. He is proving to be a great leader on the Bengals and I trust he plans to help get things back to normalcy in Cincinnati.
Didn't play like the veterans today, & I was head of the snake. I will fix my shh I can tell you that. We Will get back to Bengals Football.— Carlos Dunlap (@Carlos_Dunlap) October 9, 2016
Adam Jones clearly wants to start winning, too. As he says, the Bengals are used to winning.
#Bengals CB Adam Jones on if he's mystified by start: "Yeah, I’d be lying if I said I’m not. We’re used to winning."— Richard Skinner (@Local12Skinny) October 10, 2016
One more Adam Jones: "I believe in Coach Lewis and Paulie G. and Zampy ... and by any means necessary we’re going to fix it."— Richard Skinner (@Local12Skinny) October 10, 2016
Remember how the Cowboys only had four wins in 2015...
The Cowboys become the first NFL team in 2016 to match its win total from the 2015 season.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) October 9, 2016
Zeke Elliott's weekly yards-per-touch averages:— Evan Silva (@evansilva) October 9, 2016
Wk 1: 2.5
Wk 2: 3.8
Wk 3: 5.0
Wk 4: 6.5
Wk 5: 9.5
Baseless comfort? It's better to have a slow start and a strong finish!— Josh Kirkendall (@Josh_Kirkendall) October 9, 2016
Marvin Lewis was willing to admit it was a bad day in Dallas.
Marv : they outplayed us. Disappointing how we played and move forward after we look at it hard— Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) October 9, 2016
Marvin Lewis opened his presser like he said Tiger Woods would....on a positive note: "We did well in the redzone." All downhill after.— Jeremy Rauch (@FOX19Jeremy) October 10, 2016
Adam Jones on Dallas o-line: "They were better than I thought. .. Like I said last week, some of the holes my daughter could've run through"— Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) October 10, 2016
Here’s some of that positivity I referenced!
Bengals are super streaky, but that's not always a bad thing.— #CantStopAJ (@HoweNFL) October 10, 2016
2015: 8-0 run
2014: 7-2 run
2013: 6-2, 5-1 runs
2012: 7-1 run
2011: 5-0 run
Stephen A. Smith being... himself.
#Bengals three losses are against three teams that are each 4-1 (12-3). Both wins have been against teams that are 1-4 (2-8).— Josh Kirkendall (@Josh_Kirkendall) October 9, 2016
#Bengals started 3-5 in 2012, including a CRUSHING 44-13 loss to the Ravens on MNF during the regular season opener. Finished 10-6.— Josh Kirkendall (@Josh_Kirkendall) October 9, 2016
#Bengals DE Carlos Dunlap had four tackles, a QB sack, three hits on the QB, a forced fumble.— Josh Kirkendall (@Josh_Kirkendall) October 9, 2016
Jerry World is a big place.
91,563 largest crowd ever to see Bengals in regular season— Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) October 9, 2016
One of the Cowboys stadium workers asked who the Bengals were playing next. They're told the Patriots. "Oh. I'm sorry."— Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) October 9, 2016