“Where do we go from here?,” is the primary question on the minds of the Cincinnati Bengals’ brain trust and their fans. The Bengals lost their second straight game in 2017, which was a blow to the bid to be a rebound from a very disappointing 2016 season.
After losing a disappointing season opener to the Baltimore Ravens last Sunday, the Bengals attempted to get things on the right track on Thursday night. Unfortunately, Cincinnati couldn’t get out of its own way, as they stumbled to an 0-2 start.
There are so many culprits in the Bengals’ 0-2 start, but most seem to point to the offense. Cincinnati’s offense has turned the ball over seven times (if you include on downs) in the first two games.
Throw in just one total turnovers forced by Cincinnati’s defense in as many games and you can see why the Bengals have been outscored 33-9 in the first two weeks.
In such a Bengals fashion, they allowed the biggest plays in the most inopportune times. And, Cincinnati continued to set records for opposing players in a number of areas.
Deshaun Watson’s 49-yard touchdown run was a rookie record for a quarterback in his first start, while the Bengals’ offense turned back the clock to 1939 for a tie for futility—in terms of not being able to get into the end zone.
The Bengals haven’t scored a touchdown in their first two home-opening games ever, as offensive coordinator Ken Zampese continues to come under fire.
Additionally, Andy Dalton is 0-2 for the first time in his professional career and there are more questions than answers with this year’s Bengals team.