The Bengals may’ve just hit rock bottom.
After turning the ball over twice in the red zone, Cincinnati scored just three points, a season-low in their 27-3 loss at Pittsburgh. They were blown out in Heinz Field, losing to the Steelers by 24 points. With the playmaking out wide and under center, it’s surprising to hear that Cincinnati couldn’t score more.
However, if you watched the game, you know the reason why this offense struggled so mightily.
Eight sacks, a season-high for Pittsburgh, is what stalled numerous Cincinnati drives. Combine that with numerous flags, and the Bengals just couldn't move the ball, settling for just 244 total yards.
This unit has been an issue ever since Week 1, but it escalated itself on Monday Night Football in front of a national audience.
On the left side of the o-line was Andre Smith at tackle and Ohio State rookie Michael Jordan at guard. The combination wasn’t good to say the least, but what could be even worse is Smith missing time, then forcing John Jerry to potentially take over at the tackles.
According to the Athletic’s Jay Morrison, Smith was seen with a brace on his left arm.
Andre Smith has a large brace on left arm on sideline. John Jerry in at LT. #Bengals— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonATH) October 1, 2019
The Bengals have now lost nine-straight against the Steelers. Is this even a rivalry anymore? The Bengals couldn’t seem to find any momentum, and it clearly was upsetting quarterback Andy Dalton.
This game was painful to watch. The Bengals were dominated up front, and without help in site, this may be a season-long problem for Cincinnati.
That said, hopefully Smith is fine, but it’d be hard to do much worse so maybe Jerry deserves his shot. Smith was signed last season after being cut by Arizona and then re-signed this offseason.
While we hate to even think it, may it be time to start planning a rebuild?