There wasn’t much for fans to cheer about in this one, and that spread over to social media. This week felt a lot like the beatings from the 2018 season, which was extra hard after the moral victory last week.
In honor of the complete goose egg the Bengals laid we are going to start this off with some of the funniest reactions to how terribly they played. What better way to get over a loss than by laughing, right? (Right?!)
The #Bengals defense has been unmasked. pic.twitter.com/iKBHUcmcVC— 34inXXIII (@34inXXIII) September 15, 2019
Being a Bengals fan is the most mentally draining thing there is in sports. One week they suck you in with so much hope and the next week they zap it from you and leave you “losing ground reaching for” that hope.— Alex “Frankie” Frank (@frankie_nnati) September 15, 2019
Me watching this Bengals game pic.twitter.com/w25l0f89H6— Jak (@Jaksen_Willis) September 15, 2019
at least bengals fans had a week of hype/excitement... it’s all over now but what a fun week! pic.twitter.com/n7xLiPeGAc— sarah (@sarahpamerica) September 15, 2019
Looking for the Bengals defense. pic.twitter.com/x11JRuhgAl— Josh Kirkendall (@Josh_Kirkendall) September 15, 2019
Me tuning in every Sunday expecting the Bengals to win pic.twitter.com/9bZ2UqRw7p— Devin Thomas (@Hardy_McNotsoft) September 15, 2019
Bengals might lose the game, but the tailgate was productive pic.twitter.com/Wj2ribVrIo— Busted Coverage (@bustedcoverage) September 15, 2019
How we feeling Bengals fans.... pic.twitter.com/qIddSneRtH— Elite Andy Dalton (@EvilAndyDalton) September 15, 2019
“Kofie aren’t you a Bengals fan?”— The big chillin’ (@Kofie) September 15, 2019
pic.twitter.com/lRXHSYuwX9 https://t.co/IWgFr9u3Eg— john sheeran (@John__Sheeran) September 15, 2019
Misery loves company
At least we aren’t in the basement of the AFC North by ourselves!
Ravens stay on top of AFCN 2-0. Bengals and Steelers fall to 0-2.— Lindsay Patterson (@LndsPatterson) September 15, 2019
At least we have some PIT schadenfreude— Jake (@Jake_NFL) September 15, 2019
One bright side (if you squint really hard)
It is important to try ad be a little bit optimistic. Here was one takeaway we can all agree is a good sign for the future. The Bengals seem to have quite a duo building in John Ross and Tyler Boyd. It really makes you wonder what they could be capable of once they finally get A.J. Green back from injury.
Boyd and Ross both over 100 yards.— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonATH) September 15, 2019
Boyd with 122. 10 catches on 10 targets.
Ross with 112 on 4 catches.
18 for 182 for Tyler Boyd through two games.— JG (@JoeGoodberry) September 15, 2019
Many ask "Should the Bengals extend Green?" and the reply usually starts with "How are Boyd and Ross playing?"
Credit to the few Bengals fans still in attendance with plenty of room to break out their best dance moves celebrating that 66-yard John Ross touchdown with a minute left.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) September 15, 2019
John Ross speed bails out your fantasy day!— Jake (@Jake_NFL) September 15, 2019
Players and coaches share their thoughts
You can tell the coaches and players feel as bad if not worse than the fans did this week. It is important to remember these guys don’t like going out there and performing this way as much as we don’t want to watch it.
Zac Taylor on loss: That's a loss that we need to own. We were not good in any phase...This is not something we're going to run from. This is one game. We have 14 more to go. #Bengals— Tyler Dragon (@TheTylerDragon) September 15, 2019
Absolutely no one is mad at you. None of us. This isn’t on you. https://t.co/ODG8JR0HWb— Bengals Perspective (@bengalshandle) September 15, 2019
Zac Taylor on the boos: “(There) was not anything to be excited about if I was a fan watching that game.” #Bengals @fox19— Jeremy Rauch (@FOX19Jeremy) September 15, 2019
Zac Taylor: “That’s a loss we have to own. This is not something we’re going to run from. We got blown out at home.” #Bengals— Jeff Wallner (@JeffWallner) September 15, 2019
Tyler Boyd: “I feel embarrassed.” #Bengals— Jeremy Rauch (@FOX19Jeremy) September 15, 2019
The darkest takes for last
It is hard to ignore that this was a very very bad week. Hopefully we will have something to be more positive about next week.
Duke Tobin is overrated. Yeah. I said it.— Vance Meek (@vancemeek) September 15, 2019
The Bengals aren't very good.— Mo Egger (@MoEgger1530) September 15, 2019
I don't think the Bengals will be collecting any moral victories this week.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) September 15, 2019
And to all a good night. #Bengals pic.twitter.com/11Kr1WglNl— Jeff Wallner (@JeffWallner) September 15, 2019