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Bengals play hot potato with a dropped interception vs. Rams

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This could have been a game-changer, but instead, it was an embarrassment.

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The 2019 Bengals are...simply bad.

A big part of that is the defense, which entered Week 8 ranked near the bottom in nearly every major defensive ranking. That includes being tied for third-worst in interceptions, as they’ve struggled to make those game-changing plays this season.

The worst part about that is Bengals defenders have routinely dropped picks this season. That includes two vs. the Jaguars, one of which was a drop by safety Shawn Williams as he nearly made a diving grab at the sideline.

That one was a little difficult. The second one Cincinnati dropped was flat-out brutal, as it turned into a game of hot potato between several defenders:

Getting that pick would have put the Bengals in business while trailing 24-10 early in the fourth quarter. That’s what winning games do, but the Bengals started the season 0-7 for a lot of reasons. This is just one of them.