The Bengals got out to the wrong foot on Sunday, and they stumbled all the way till the end. It was just a very rough game to watch where very little went right for the boys in orange in the midst of a season where very little has gone right.
At the least, fans got to see their former quarterback have a swell time getting his revenge in,
Fumbled from the start
Even against another bad team like the Cowboys, the Bengals should’ve known that they had to play close to mistake free football to win. It is safe to say that didn’t go as planned. The Bengals fumbled on their first three possessions, which left an offense that has been struggling to score after Joe Burrow, with a sizable hole.
#Bengals RB Gio Bernard loses fumble ... had gone 829 straight carries since losing one back in 2017— Richard Skinner (@Local12Skinny) December 13, 2020
#Bengals first run of the game DeMarcus Lawrence strips Giovani Bernard for a turnover.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) December 13, 2020
Nice start by the home club.
Gio’s first fumble since rookie year ends NFL’s longest streak— Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) December 13, 2020
the game is not fun on the 2nd offensive play of the game— Jake (@Jake_NFL) December 13, 2020
Well, the tanking crowd didn't have to worry long about the Bengals winning this one.— Patrick Judis (@PatrickJudis) December 13, 2020
Gotta feel for Trayveon Williams because that was his first real drive since the Bengals drafted him in 2019. Made some good plays before that fumble. A really tough break.— Santa Baby (@Ben_Baby) December 13, 2020
That’s a butt fumble my dear lord lmao— Adam's Hour (@Adams_Hour) December 13, 2020
It's just not there. Any of it.— Chris Roling (@Chris_Roling) December 13, 2020
That stat they just showed on the broadcast is jaw-dropping— Caleb Noe (@CalebNoeTV) December 13, 2020
28 possessions for the bengals since Joe Burrow’s injury...
These Cowboys are BAD. It shouldn't look like this.— Chris Roling (@Chris_Roling) December 13, 2020
Bengals RBs SMH— Tra Carson (@PlutoCarson) December 13, 2020
I just want to watch this Bengals defense anyway.— Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) December 13, 2020
Why is Alex Erickson touching the ball on 4th down?— Rebecca Toback (@Rebecca_Toback) December 13, 2020
Erickson fumble. You can only laugh at this point. Honestly, that's what you get when you put the ball in the hands of such a pedestrian and inconsequential player like Alex Erickson on a critical 4th &1 in the RZ already down 10.— Andre Perrotta (@andreperrotta13) December 13, 2020
Inexcusable to call Taylor's number.
Putting the ball in Alex Erickson's hands... https://t.co/Tq7mRLDA38— Josh Kirkendall (@Josh_Kirkendall) December 13, 2020
Weekly "drawing up plays for Alex Erickson" tweet. This is a scheduled tweet.— Chris Roling (@Chris_Roling) December 13, 2020
Red hot Andy Dalton
The Bengals offense was struggling, but Dalton was happy to take advantage and have a very productive first half where he easily took advantage of having talented wide receivers against a struggling defense. He made it look easy most of the day.
Andy Dalton is on— Lindsay Patterson (@LndsPatterson) December 13, 2020
Dallas trio at WR giving the Bengals CBs issues— Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) December 13, 2020
Mike McCarthy has gifted Lou Anarumo a lot of 2nd-long runs in this game already. Bengals haven't made 'em pay lately.— Jake (@Jake_NFL) December 13, 2020
Andy Dalton has not looked this good at all this year— Nick Manchester (@NickManchester9) December 13, 2020
A.J. Green gets closer to Bengals history
You may not have noticed, but Green has been struggling the past few weeks. You may not have noticed because he seemed to be nonexistent, so him coming out and being able to get a score before halftime was good to see for one of the Bengals’ best players make a play we know he can. Now it is a matter of where he will finish on Cincinnati’s all-time list.
This is incorrect, apologies. Green (65) is second in receiving touchdowns in team history behind Chad Johnson (66). Green is third in team history in total TDs behind Pete Johnson (70) and Chad. https://t.co/NpUpNrGuji— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) December 13, 2020
A.J. beating up this Dallas secondary. Off coverage and Green just runs through the leverage, Allen on target there. Bengals score going into the half, but will kick it to Dallas after halftime. Outcome of Dallas's 2nd half drive will tell us how interesting it'll be.— Jake (@Jake_NFL) December 13, 2020
Adriel Jeremiah Green is relevant today— Santori Miles (@Cincy_Suave) December 13, 2020
AJ Green came to play today. Looked really strong coming out of his break on that TD.— Andre Perrotta (@andreperrotta13) December 13, 2020
a.j. green had exactly as many receptions (4), yards (41), and touchdowns (1) in the first half as as he had in the previous 3 games.— john sheeran (@John__Sheeran) December 13, 2020
Dalton gets his revenge routing Bengals
This game never felt like one that Cincinnati really had a shot in. They consistently shot themselves in the foot, and they really struggled to score yet again. Dalton, however, had no trouble leading a three-win Cowboys team to an easy win over his former team. It really did a lot to show just how low this Bengals team is without Burrow to carry them to relevancy. That doesn’t bode well for head coach Zac Taylor and his staff.
A 30-burger at the hands of this Cowboys team is bad bad bad— Chris Roling (@Chris_Roling) December 13, 2020
This is the worst offense we've seen since 2002.— Adam's Hour (@Adams_Hour) December 13, 2020
MAKE THE MOVE, KATIE!
3 games to go. Bengals sit at 3 in the NFL Draft. 3rd pick in 1980 was Anthony Munoz for the Bengals.— Lindsay Patterson (@LndsPatterson) December 13, 2020
Dallas dropping 30 on the Bengals could go a long way...— Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) December 13, 2020
why won't this game end— Jake (@Jake_NFL) December 13, 2020
Andy Dalton finishes off the Bengals with a TD pass to Tony Pollard. Signals up to his family.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) December 13, 2020
Good return and a W for good guy AD.
You didn’t have to score fast, you just had to score— Matt Minich (@CoachMinich) December 13, 2020
Now we have a problem
3 games and 5 minutes to go in 2020.— Lindsay Patterson (@LndsPatterson) December 13, 2020
Dalton scored a TD at the two-minute warning to step on the jugular. Or maybe it's dancing on the casket, I don't know at this point.— Chris Roling (@Chris_Roling) December 13, 2020
The Daltons remain outstanding people and it's nice to see that someone is happy at PBS today.— Jake (@Jake_NFL) December 13, 2020
this is REVENGE for benching andy dalton on his birthday last year and i’m not even mad about it— Commissioner Yas (@commissioneryas) December 13, 2020