The Bengals suffered a heartbreaking loss to the Bills to the tune of a 21-17 defeat.
In reality, Cincinnati had no business even being in the game, as they looked totally lost in the first half, but they managed to go into halftime down by just 14.
An inspired effort on both sides of the ball resulted in a 17 point run for the Bengals, but ultimately, it was too little too late, as the Bills managed to drive down the field for a touchdown, and then they forced a turnover to end the game.
It wasn’t quite the snooze fest that we had last week, but the Bengals are still in search of Zac Taylor’s first victory as the team’s head coach.
Instant reactions to the Bengals loss
Unpopular opinion— Whodeynation_news (@whodeynationews) September 22, 2019
I'd rather get blown out than lose in heartbreak fashion
Maybe if we showed up in the 1st half we wouldn't of had to try to do everything in the 2nd ♂️... Defense on that final scoring drive was horrible.— Marcus Randolph (@Mista_513) September 22, 2019
Lost by 4.— Captain Obvious (@BengalsCaptain) September 22, 2019
Would still love to have the KR TD back.
So many "what ifs" in that game, but doesn't matter. Bengals fall to 0-3 as they head into MNF at Pittsburgh.— Lindsay Patterson (@LndsPatterson) September 22, 2019
That was just absolutely BRUTAL.— Elise Jesse (@Elise_JesseWLWT) September 22, 2019
we gonna treat this like the seattle loss?— john sheeran (@John__Sheeran) September 22, 2019
Bobby Hart got himself ejected for contact with an official as the game ended. My goodness.— Chris Roling (@Chris_Roling) September 22, 2019
It wasn’t all bad, though
We all shared a good time for a little bit. The Bengals staged a comeback that even resulted in Randy Bullock kicking a field goal that put the Bengals ahead for a little bit. Here is in memory of those fleeting moments of hope during the Bengals run.
Tie game, 14-14, on Joe Mixon TD reception.— Josh Kirkendall (@Josh_Kirkendall) September 22, 2019
12:27 remaining in the 4th. pic.twitter.com/r8MskULhIU
That was the #Bengals longest drive of the year. 82 yards.— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonATH) September 22, 2019
Credit the defense and some halftime adjustments for keeping this within shouting distance while the Bengals offense tried to figure out which way was up.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) September 22, 2019
I'm going to be honest, at halftime I did not think the Bengals would be able to tie the game #WHODEY— Nick Manchester (@NickManchester9) September 22, 2019
If you would’ve told me at halftime the bengals would be tied, I would’ve laughed in your face. Either way I’ll take it— Kaleb ⚾️ (@Kalebriesenberg) September 22, 2019
How do the @Bills of all teams not know Boyd is Dalton's go to guy?— Dadio Makdook (@dadiodefacto) September 22, 2019
Man. This Bills-Bengals game went from a snoozefest to a terrific game of football.— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) September 22, 2019
At the end of the day Cincinnati dug itself a hole
Dalton's second INT will seal this one. Bengals will be 0-3 for the second time in three years.— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) September 22, 2019
Bills are 3-0 after beating the Bengals 21-17.— Elise Jesse (@Elise_JesseWLWT) September 22, 2019
Cincy is 0-3, they'll look for their first win against the Steelers on MNF a week from tomorrow.
The Bengals showed plenty of fight near the end of the game, but their defense was just on the field for far too long to have enough gas to get the important stop when they needed it. The offense looked lost most of the game, and then an inaccurate throw that resulted in a tip drill ended the Bengals hopes of avoiding 0-3.
As fans, we hoped Taylor’s start wouldn’t be this rough, but we can still feel positive about Cincinnati’s future while recognizing this season could be another rough one.