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NFL Week 1: Bengals’ goat of the week from loss to Ravens

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There were a lot of poor individual performances by the Bengals on Sunday. Which one was the worst of the day?

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It was almost a complete disaster for the Cincinnati Bengals on opening weekend, though the team’s defense did a pretty solid job, given the tough situations in which they were placed. The offense was stale and turnover-prone, while Randy Bullock didn’t even get opportunities to kick for points on special teams.

We’re going to be meanies here and point out a couple of the biggest culprits who helped lead to the 20-0 debacle against the Baltimore Ravens. Yes, the coaches could be good nominees here, but we’re looking at the guys who strap on the pads.

Really, the way we see it, this is a two horse race for the Bengals’ Week 1 “Goat of the Week”. Cast your vote and sound off on your winner...er...loser.

Andy Dalton: What can we say? Sunday could very well be deemed as Dalton’s worst game as a pro quarterback. Four interceptions, a lost fumble, just 170 passing yards and a 28.4 rating all led to a disastrous day from the quarterback and the offense.

He also missed a wide open Cody Core twice down each sideline, prompting old discussions about his ability to nail the long ball. Perhaps the worst aspect from Dalton was his lack of care in the red zone, as two of the turnovers occurred there.

The offensive line: The fears that stemmed from losing Andrew Whitworth and Kevin Zeitler fully materialized against the Ravens on Sunday. Cedric Ogbuehi had trouble keeping the ageless Terrell Suggs at bay, while the middle of the line was often pushed back into Dalton’s lap.

There wasn’t one player up front who was immune to errors, so we’re lumping them in as a whole. Here are some of their lowlights, in case you may not have seen them:

Poll

Who gets your vote for the Bengals’ "Loser of the Week"

This poll is closed

  • 50%
    Andy Dalton
    (564 votes)
  • 46%
    The offensive line
    (516 votes)
  • 2%
    Other
    (26 votes)
1106 votes total Vote Now