You’ve heard that before, right?
It’s because it’s pretty common for the Bengals to perform miserably after their bye week. On Sunday, they did just that against the Saints as Drew Brees made scoring look easy against a defeated Cincinnati defense.
The Bengals are now 5-4, which sounds better than it is. The Bengals have proven there is no reason to believe in this team. I’ll keep watching, I’ll keep cheering them on. But my expectations are gone for the rest of the season.
The offense disappears for long stretches while the defense is non-existent. The Saints had 74 offensive plays and 33 total first downs. The Bengals had a pathetic 43 offensive plays and 13 total first downs. The Saints had nearly DOUBLE the time of possession as the Bengals: 39:46 to 20:14. The Saints had 509 yards of total offense. The Bengals had 284. Joe Mixon ran the ball just 11 times for 64 yards. Tyler Boyd had just 65 yards through the air. Andy Dalton threw more interceptions (2) than touchdowns (1). The Bengals defense had zero sacks, zero interceptions, and zero fumbles. No matter which way you slice it, the Bengals played incredibly poorly against the Saints.
Here’s a roundup of reactions to the Bengals’ loss to the Saints, which includes thoughts from head coach Marvin Lewis, Dalton, Boyd, Shawn Williams, the media and fans.
#Bengals opponents last 4 games:— Jeremy Rauch (@FOX19Jeremy) November 11, 2018
40 points a game
2,117 total yards
(Bengals are 1-3 in that stretch)
Bengals lost 51-14 to the Saints. The last time Cincy held a team under 500 yards of total offense? October 14th.. the Steelers were 19 yards short of the 500 mark.— Elise Jesse (@Elise_JesseWLWT) November 11, 2018
Final: Saints 51, #Bengals 14. Bengals fall to 5-4 after being out-everything'd at home following a bye week.— Fletcher Page (@FletcherPage) November 11, 2018
Andy Dalton is the Bengals 4 losses this season— Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) November 11, 2018
82/137 (59.9%), 882 yards (6.4 YPA), 6 TDs, 7 INTs, 11 sacks, 72.1 Rating.
Honestly, I'm not sure I'd be willing to bet $$ on Teryl Austin finishing this season. #Bengals— Lance McAlister (@LanceMcAlister) November 11, 2018
Stepping away from the defense for a second, Joe Mixon had 3 total carries for 6 yards combined in the 2nd and 3rd quarters. He had 4 carries for 35 yards in the 1st quarter. I get scope of game changed, but he just sat on the bench for a while. #Bengals— Jeff Wallner (@JeffWallner) November 11, 2018
I keep thinking about Mixon sitting on the bench watching the offense run the two-minute drill and I keep thinking it's just odd when everyone else was standing up and seemed engaged in what was going on.— Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) November 11, 2018
I’m not sure it’s one thing at this point. It’s everything ♂️ https://t.co/sNSflKLwVj— James Rapien (@JamesRapien) November 11, 2018
Marvin Lewis’ reactions
“Where we are hurts”- Marvin Lewis— Elise Jesse (@Elise_JesseWLWT) November 11, 2018
Head Coach Marvin Lewis meeting with the media now following the loss to the Saints. “You can’t lose sight of where we are. This hurts. It hurts everybody. We have to coach better and play better.” #Bengals— Marisa Contipelli (@BengalsMarisa) November 11, 2018
I asked Marvin Lewis what has gone wrong with the defense. Several seconds of silence before he answered but he essentially said he wasn’t going to talk about it. Same thing when I asked if it was the scheme or at what point they’d consider a coaching change. Silence says a lot.— Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) November 11, 2018
Asked about going away from Mixon and I really didn't get an answer.— Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) November 11, 2018
Q: They're on pace to break record for most yards allowed. At what point would you consider a coaching change? A: Again, I'm not going to talk about any of that stuff— Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) November 11, 2018
Q: Problem with the scheme? A: [Few seconds of silence] It's...again, I'm not gonna get into any observations right now— Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) November 11, 2018
Dalton: This game was just tough. We hurt ourselves. Regardless what they were doing offensively.— Lindsay Patterson (@LndsPatterson) November 11, 2018
Dalton on what went wrong: negative plays hurt us. Not scoring early and they got points and we got behind and you can’t get into those situations against a team like that.— Lindsay Patterson (@LndsPatterson) November 11, 2018
Tyler Boyd: Embarassing. That's like a high school score. #Bengals— Joe Danneman (@FOX19Joe) November 11, 2018
Shawn Williams: "It pisses me off. I don't care if we're playing (a high school team), I play this game to win." #Bengals— Joe Danneman (@FOX19Joe) November 11, 2018
Cincy Jungle reactions
Bengals are 1-4 vs teams w/ a winning record (the win was against Miami, who could fall to 5-5 against the Packers today). In games against teams with a winning record, the Bengals have been outscored by an average 15.8 points/game.— Josh Kirkendall (@Josh_Kirkendall) November 11, 2018
On the bright side... the Bengals are 4-0 against teams with a losing record, outscoring their opponents 142-116. Five of the final seven games are against teams with a losing record (.437 winning percentage).— Josh Kirkendall (@Josh_Kirkendall) November 11, 2018
You know when they say that WRs "get it" by year three? I guess 16 years is that point for head coaches.— Josh Kirkendall (@Josh_Kirkendall) November 11, 2018
(This tweet may or have not have passive aggressive overtures) https://t.co/jvlHQlJzsq
i expected nothing and i'm still let down https://t.co/dKxdpgV2Yw— john sheeran (@John__Sheeran) November 11, 2018
i'm writing about the history the bengals defense just made, but the facts haven't changed.— john sheeran (@John__Sheeran) November 11, 2018
having offensive troubles is more impactful than defensive troubles. having both is, well, 52-14 bad.
Has anyone else already moved on from the game?— Josh Kirkendall (@Josh_Kirkendall) November 11, 2018
Bengals were 0/6 on third down. 1/2 on fourth down. 13 first downs to just 33 for the Saints. 284 total yards.— Rebecca Toback (@Rebecca_Toback) November 11, 2018
Allowed 500 yards (509, actually) on defense for the third straight game.
Problems everywhere. First drive looked promising and then all down hill from there.
I’m tired of being a fan and they need to fire the coaching staff— Travis Williamson (@trav12505) November 11, 2018
Defense scheme is terrible. Just try to get turnovers— james vincent (@jamesvvincent) November 11, 2018
The #Bengals ran only 43 offensive plays today. It’s their third lowest snap total in over 20 years.— Pat Thorman (@Pat_Thorman) November 11, 2018
I’m not holding my breath. How about you?