The Bengals have had some pretty low moments during the Marvin Lewis era.
The aftermath of their loss to the Browns may just be the lowest of them all.
Coming into the game at 5-5 and still very much alive in the playoff race, the Bengals did their best impersonation of
the Louisville Cardinals a team with the NFL’s worst record.
The Bengals, simply put, played as badly as you’ll see an NFL team play. They were thoroughly outplayed and out-coached in every way imaginable by a 3-6-1 team with an interim coaching staff as they fell behind 35-7 early in the third quarter. Now, the Bengals are 5-6 and the Browns are 4-6-1. The Bengals might just finish the season with a worse record than the Browns, who they play again in a few weeks.
The Bengals defense is still historically bad, even with Marvin Lewis now running the show. The defense might be worse with Lewis at defensive coordinator after back-to-back losses to rookie quarterbacks.
The offense remains an unmitigated disaster without A.J. Green.
The team has no discipline.
Paul Brown Stadium had a stronger Browns presence today, and for good reason based on what took place on the field.
Even before Andy Dalton left the game, the Bengals were still getting dominated as if the Browns were one of the NFL’s elite teams.
The garbage time scores that made this look better shouldn’t matter.
Today, the Bengals were one of, if not the worst team in the NFL.
The Bengals need to fire Marvin Lewis immediately.
They likely won’t, and it won’t be a surprise if Lewis is back next season, but it still needs to be said, even if it falls on deaf ears once more. Lewis has worn out his welcome in Cincinnati, and he is now taking this franchise back down to the depths it was in before he arrived.
The Lewis-era needs to end, but will it end before it’s too late and we’re right back to 90s Bengals football?
We can only hope that something happens before it’s allowed to get that bad, but as long as Lewis is here, things will continue to get worse before they get better.