Another rough week for Bengals fans. There were a few bright spots that we will look at first, but the overwhelming tone was frustration. At this point at 0-7 we are keeping the edge on Miami who is the only other winless team at 0-6.
Alex Erickson’s big day
Last week it was puzzling why Erickson was on the field so much, but it is safe to say he answered those questions today. He was responsible for over 90 percent of the Bengals’ offensive yards in the first half. It is scary to think just how bad Cincinnati could’ve been without Erickson’s big game.
Bengals offense has life. Alex Erickson running free for a 48-yard catch and run. Almost comically, Bengals in position to tie or take the lead.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) October 20, 2019
All five of Andy Dalton's completions have been to Alex Erickson, who's up to 83 total yards.— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) October 20, 2019
Erickson up to 83 receiving yards. His career high was 63.— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonATH) October 20, 2019
Alex Erickson vs the world.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) October 20, 2019
“OH HE IS A SLIPPERY ONE”— john sheeran (@John__Sheeran) October 20, 2019
The touchdown (the only touchdown)
Erickson’s heroics setup the Bengals with the ball at the one-yard line. Dalton and Mixon were able to connect for the team’s first offensive touchdown in the first half after an embarrassing amount of time. It also somehow gave Cincinnati the lead.
The Bengals have the lead. This is not a drill!— Rebecca Toback (@Rebecca_Toback) October 20, 2019
BREAKING: THE BENGALS OFFENSE HAS SCORED A FIRST-HALF TOUCHDOWN— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) October 20, 2019
First offensive TD in the first half since Week 2 against the 49ers.— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonATH) October 20, 2019
Mixon touchdown catch. Bengals snapped it quick and the Jags weren't ready. Bengals have the lead— JG (@JoeGoodberry) October 20, 2019
Geno Atkins reintroduced himself
There was some talk during the week of Atkins play declining, and he wanted to just share a fews words with everyone in the form of destroying Gardner Minshew II.
Atkins with another sack! Almost a safety. Just bullrushes the RG.— JG (@JoeGoodberry) October 20, 2019
jags’ rotation at right guard going as smoothly as expected— john sheeran (@John__Sheeran) October 20, 2019
Geno Atkins with a second sack. Maybe he'll talk to the media today just to tell us to shut the hell up.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) October 20, 2019
the Quiet Man makes noise again. Gene Atkins with his second sack of the day. @WCPO— Keenan Singleton (@KJMSingleton) October 20, 2019
Geno Atkins isn't buying into our 'Tank for Tua' plans.— TheAngryBowler (@JHensley55) October 20, 2019
He is mauling the Jax O-line today. #WhoDey
My God, Geno Atkins. pic.twitter.com/NSmMVRIKbT— Josh Kirkendall (@Josh_Kirkendall) October 20, 2019
Geno Atkins needs to be flagged for excessive pass rush. He's taking advantage of #OUR guys.— Travis Reier (@travisreier) October 20, 2019
The overwhelmingly bad bad start and ending
As is tradition, we save the bad for last. There was plenty of it as the Bengals offense struggled for most of the game, and Andy Dalton’s collapse in the fourth quarter didn’t help. Here are some of the best reactions to the worst of the Bengals’ Sunday.
Boos are out early for the Bengals' offense at Paul Brown Stadium. Bengals punt after getting the ball at its own 47.— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) October 20, 2019
Great play by gunner Stanley Morgan knocking Huber's punt down at the 3.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) October 20, 2019
The Bengals can't run, stop the run, score in the first three quarters, protect or rush the passer very well.
But they are definitely not bad on special teams.
Boo birds are already out at Paul Brown Stadium. The #Bengals offense didn't take advantage of good field possession.— Tyler Dragon (@TheTylerDragon) October 20, 2019
And that's it. Dalton throws a pick-6 as he blindly tossed up the screen pass.— JG (@JoeGoodberry) October 20, 2019
That play is going to be on every recap montage of the #Bengals 2019 season.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) October 20, 2019
And every Bengals fan should now turn to rooting for the Dolphins to get a win.— Rebecca Toback (@Rebecca_Toback) October 20, 2019
Fan within earshot of bench yells: “Andy Dalton, you’re the worst quarterback in the NFL!”— Jeremy Rauch (@FOX19Jeremy) October 20, 2019
Auden Tate yells back: “That’s enough! That’s enough!” #Bengals
Andy Dalton, what are you going?pic.twitter.com/KeTXQvE6jj— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) October 20, 2019
i have words but not enough— john sheeran (@John__Sheeran) October 20, 2019
Dalton's 3rd pick in his last 4 passes.— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonATH) October 20, 2019
Ok bench him. He's toast.— Chris Roling (@Chris_Roling) October 20, 2019
Seriously. WHAT am I watching?— Elise Jesse (@Elise_JesseWLWT) October 20, 2019
Andy Dalton has gone to meltdown mode.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) October 20, 2019
Lucky next weeks home game is in London. Not sure how would show up. @WCPO— Keenan Singleton (@KJMSingleton) October 20, 2019
Andy Dalton has given up. And when he's given up, you know things are bad— Nick Manchester (@NickManchester9) October 20, 2019
The Andy Dalton era should be over. Start Ryan Finley in London. Why not?— Rebecca Toback (@Rebecca_Toback) October 20, 2019
Just look at the pretty flowers, Lennie— JG (@JoeGoodberry) October 20, 2019
Being a Bengals fan has always been painful but this is some “gimme a morphine drip” level shit.— Byron Smith (@kosminski) October 20, 2019
Dalton's played awful. The team hasn't lived up to their end of the bargain in helping him. These aren't new revelations. The marriage is over--play Finley and draft a guy next year.— Anthony Cosenza (@CJAnthonyCUI) October 20, 2019
GIFs of the game
Here are the best GIFs that I could find from Sunday. Lets all get through this trainwreck with some laughter.