The Bengals lost a close game to the Browns in Cleveland. The loss ends the team’s longest winning streak of the season, but the fan base is divided over how they are reacting to these games now. Honestly it is pretty interesting to see half of Bengals twitter cheer for a mistake and the other half get upset.
Here are the reactions to the Bengals loss.
Cheering on the tank
Early in the game the Bengals looked like the far better team. They got out to a significant lead, and needless to say, people were concerned. Bengals fans even cheered on the pick six that gave the Browns the lead. It has been pretty divisive among fans how to feel about this kind of fandom, but at the very least it is entertaining.
That included some very mixed reactions to Andy Dalton throwing a pick six early in the game.
Bengals down to the 2-yard line. Time to put in Ryan Finley.— Jeaux Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) December 8, 2019
Take @EvilAndyDalton out. Fucking up getting that #1 pick.— invad3r (@iamtimmycream) December 8, 2019
There are some things Joe Burrow just can't do. pic.twitter.com/j5a7FJULbt— Elite Andy Dalton (@EvilAndyDalton) December 8, 2019
Me cheering on the Browns pic.twitter.com/FxjXqTdoJm— Jeaux Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) December 8, 2019
How's that for a momentum swing? Unreal. Every Dalton throw to Tate seems to be a test of his catch radius. Never hits him in stride. That one goes off his hands for a gift pick 6 for Ward. #Bengals— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonATH) December 8, 2019
Not a bad throw?? LOL! He threw it two yards behind him. Auden Tate’s catch radius makes it look better than it was— CLNN (@CLePzZ) December 8, 2019
Broadcast: “Wasn’t a horrible throw”— Santori Miles (@santori_miles) December 8, 2019
Everyone with eyes: High and Behind
Broadcasters ruin games
Evergreen tweet: How do you miss so badly to a target the size of Auden Tate.— Chris Roling (@Chris_Roling) December 8, 2019
Ball is a little behind Auden Tate but he just lets it go through his hands and into Ward's for a touchdown. That's how you stay bad.— Jake (@Jake_NFL) December 8, 2019
Mixon's "boneheaded" penalty set up a pick-6 that makes it more likely we end up with Burrow. It was actually pretty brilliant.— Dadio Makdook (@dadiodefacto) December 8, 2019
Dalton seems to think Auden Tate’s arms are 10 feet long. I mean, i can’t really blame him.— Dadio Makdook (@dadiodefacto) December 8, 2019
Rough in the redzone and overturned takeaway
The Bengals were down by eight with a chance to potentially tie it in the redzone. The play calling, which had been an issue all game, ws highlighted by a designed quarterback run on fourth down.
Following that failure, the Browns threw a ridiculous pass that ended up being tipped and intercepted by Jessie Bate (his second of the day). The call was unfortunately (or fortunately depending on what you’re rooting for at this point) overturned and called pass interference. That was a call we have rarely if ever seen overturned during the regular season. A call that ultimately helped Cleveland secure the win.
I thought we already established that Andy Dalton doesn't do a good Lamar Jackson— Nick Manchester (@NickManchester9) December 8, 2019
QB draw on fourth and goal from 5 wide set. Dalton tackled at 2.— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonATH) December 8, 2019
Browns take over with 7:14 to go
A QB draw on 4th and goal from the 6??— David Olson (@DavidLanceOlson) December 8, 2019
I feel like this is a thing every week now. We have to talk about Zac Taylor, not just Dalton.— Chris Roling (@Chris_Roling) December 8, 2019
Bengals' inability to score in the red zone means Randy Bullock is having quite a day.— Rebecca Toback (@Rebecca_Toback) December 8, 2019
And then they try a QB draw pic.twitter.com/ZgImIFFupC— Jeaux Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) December 8, 2019
I think Taylor has been mostly good in this game, and absolute garbage in the Red Zone and on 3rd downs, with some allowance to the Browns for making stops— Jake (@Jake_NFL) December 8, 2019
Remember when we were 0-8 and fans were furious we had the nerve to bench Dalton... and then we made Dalton the starter again and they were worried he'd tear the league up and run the table? Fun times.— Dadio Makdook (@dadiodefacto) December 8, 2019
The thing I hate about designed QB runs is there is almost never a passing option built in.— President of John Ross fanclub (@PatrickJudis) December 8, 2019
I didnt get a chance to really look there, but it appeared that was just om Dalton yo make it in the endzone.
Huge play by William Jackson and Jessie Bates. WJ3 with the PBU and Bates -- again -- on the spot.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) December 8, 2019
Jessie Bates with ANOTHER interception. He's back, man. He's playing so well lately.— Jeaux Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) December 8, 2019
Another Baker pick. Looked like Will got there a tad early. Bates gets the deflection and #Bengals are in business at Cleveland 16.— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonATH) December 8, 2019
Bengals trying to tank but Cleveland just won’t let us— Aurileus FC (@aurileus13) December 8, 2019
Oh my God. They called DPI on review. Stop the NFL!— Jeaux Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) December 8, 2019
Refs doing the Bengals a solid by turning over a call they NEVER overturn.— President of John Ross fanclub (@PatrickJudis) December 8, 2019
Does anyone want to this win this game?— Kevin Bartow (@kevinbartow) December 8, 2019
Wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow. For the first time this season AFAIK, DPI called on an AUTOMATIC review and it wipes out an interception.— Jake (@Jake_NFL) December 8, 2019
The Bengals, of course, have an INT overturned after review for DPI. First time all season in any game?— Chris Roling (@Chris_Roling) December 8, 2019
So if they run the clock keeps running? Interesting wrinkle, wonder if the Browns start taking it into account.— David Zavac (@DavidZavac) December 8, 2019
Hard to get a good gauge on how fans feel about the Bengals losing at this point. Seems like half the fans want to win at all cost and are still angry at 1-12, and others are relieved to have a close loss. Here are the best of the reactions from Cincinnati’s loss.
It just screams ratings: The Athens Ohio kid goes back to his state and gets a shot at reviving the loser. Can't write a much better never-ending draft coverage narrative.— Chris Roling (@Chris_Roling) December 8, 2019
Bengals score just 19 and fall to 1-12.— Jeaux Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) December 8, 2019
Joe Burrow wins this game.
thank god— john sheeran (@John__Sheeran) December 8, 2019
That's a pretty cool onside kick attempt. Kick it right off the upman.— Jake (@Jake_NFL) December 8, 2019
Zac Taylor must know all about the one-possession loss stat I trotted out a few weeks ago. #CompetitiveLs— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) December 8, 2019
Thanks guys— Future Bengals QB Joe Burrow stan account (@BlakeEggers23) December 8, 2019
fade the falcons— john sheeran (@John__Sheeran) December 8, 2019
go giants pic.twitter.com/1bj0FNhJ1s
Bengals have been mostly more efficient than the Browns with a few glaring problems. 3rd downs, penalties stand out. And of course the pick 6. pic.twitter.com/ij6SOqrC9Y— Jake (@Jake_NFL) December 8, 2019
This team is AWFUL! The coach is clueless...he looks confused! From the play calling, to the penalties, to clock management, I get feeling he is over his head! Brown family made a mistake hiring him!!— tastewart (@tastewart) December 8, 2019
I don't think anyone's upset we lost comparing we gotta secure Burrow or Young.— Chris (@crossfire9121) December 8, 2019
Thank god the NFL turned over that INT, I thought we might’ve had a chance at winning for a second! pic.twitter.com/MeVjG4Ozim— LakerStan (@OurLineIsTrash) December 8, 2019