I’m sorry to everyone who stuck with the game from beginning to end. We all know the Bengals higher ups won’t apologize for cutting corners in an attempt to build a product they imagine as passable. Yet, it always ends up short of what it is imagined to be.
It is hard to blame guys like head coach Zac Taylor or even quarterback Andy Dalton. These guys are trying to play a game of poker and are playing with a deck of cards stacked with losing hands while their opponents have nothing but winning hands.
It is hard to be positive when your favorite team falls to 0-4 facing a hated rival on Monday Night Football, and it is even worse when your team isn’t even watchable. As you can imagine most of this week’s reactions aren’t on the positive side, but misery can bring out some of the best comedy in people, so lets roll with that. We can all try to mask the pain by laughing at just how bad the Bengals were,
The worst of the worst
The Bengals were bad. There is no way around that. Here are some of the reactions directly following the game to help put this loss in perspective.
Andy Dalton has never been sacked eight times until tonight. #Bengals— Tyler Dragon (@TheTylerDragon) October 1, 2019
Bobby Hart: Professional Drive Killer— Cincy Jungle (@CincyJungle) October 1, 2019
Real talk: #Bengals and Dolphins play right now. Who wins?— Reggie Wilson (@ReggieWilsonTV) October 1, 2019
Everytime I think it can't get any worse, the Bengals play another game.— Mo Egger (@MoEgger1530) October 1, 2019
Other than left tackle, left guard, center, right guard and right tackle the Bengals offensive line is in good shape.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) October 1, 2019
They aren't good enough for that. https://t.co/BTJ6xLLb4i— President of John Ross fanclub (@PatrickJudis) October 1, 2019
Dear Bengals.— Josh Kirkendall (@Josh_Kirkendall) October 1, 2019
You're horrifically embarrassing.
That brought back some childhood memories.— Lindsay Patterson (@LndsPatterson) October 1, 2019
The postgame prayer circle at midfield looks the same as the game -- Dalton surrounded by Steelers.— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonATH) October 1, 2019
Joe Mixon trying to run behind the Bengals line pic.twitter.com/uh81OJqhHj— adam ferrone (@_rone) October 1, 2019
Between weeks 2 and 3 it looked like the Bengals improved in some areas and we're fixing some of their flaws— Matt Minich (@CoachMinich) October 1, 2019
Then came Week 4: pic.twitter.com/rRKnc7hQIv
Unless the Bengals score on this drive (I'm not holding my breath), the Bengals have only scored on one possession this game. They started on the 15, went 3-and-out, and kicked a short field goal— Nick Manchester (@NickManchester9) October 1, 2019
I've never laughed this much at a Bengals loss before. This shit was comical. 0-4 coming back to PBS to play your 2nd home game. Good luck, Browns.— Jake (@Jake_NFL) October 1, 2019
The good stuff
These are the reactions from halftime/early in the third when it became overwhelmingly apparent that the Bengals were done. This is probably where most people checked out of the game as well, so technically these are the reactions that most people saw.
I hope the Steelers let the Bengals run down the clock so we can all go home— Nick Manchester (@NickManchester9) October 1, 2019
Oveheard in the press box: "We still got another quarter of this s---."— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) October 1, 2019
Can we fire Turner now or do y'all still want us to shut up about it? He wanted Bobby Hart back.— Jake (@Jake_NFL) October 1, 2019
This is it. This is the ultimate culmination of the Bengals' lack of commitment to good offensive lineman.— Cincy Jungle (@CincyJungle) October 1, 2019
This is absolutely embarrassing.— Alex “Frankie” Frank (@frankie_nnati) October 1, 2019
And it's officially deep in the liquor cabinet time for any #Bengals fans still awake.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) October 1, 2019
Reminder -- this is the Bengals offensive line that their 1st round pick from 2018 can't break onto.— Chris Roling (@Chris_Roling) October 1, 2019
It only took me four weeks to go from "The Bengals will surprise people" to "The Bengals are going to lose 16 games this year."— Nick Manchester (@NickManchester9) October 1, 2019
It's sad how excited the players were for this season and this new coaching staff and now this— Jake (@Jake_NFL) October 1, 2019
The Steelers look like such a dominant team, but they have looked pretty bad up until now. That's how bad the Bengals are— Nick Manchester (@NickManchester9) October 1, 2019
Me as the Bengals get closer to Tua but also having to be emotionally invested in watching these games pic.twitter.com/mrjR8iV9EE— virgil van brad (@TracyMcBradey) September 22, 2019
What's unreal is that first half offensive performance isn't the Bengals' worst of the year.— Mo Egger (@MoEgger1530) October 1, 2019
I don’t think I’m going to bother watching the second half. I just can’t take it anymore. I think I’m finally broken...— Rick Ucchino (@RickESPN1530) October 1, 2019