What was meant to be a glimpse at the future of the NFL with Joe Burrow getting to face Tua Tagovailoa for the first time, actually became a backyard brawl that no one watching should feel good about after watching.
Cincinnati’s loss wasn’t surprising. They were double digit underdogs coming into the game, and they really played like it in the second half. Then they played without any composure in the fourth quarter to make up for it.
Here are the best of the reactions to the Bengals’ most recent loss.
Tyler Boyd puts the team on his back
The Bengals’ star receiver turned a quick screen into the longest play of his career. The play came on a third down where the Dolphins ran a zero coverage blitz. That means the defense didn’t leave anyone deep to help run down Boyd after he made his initial defender miss. Also tight end Drew Sample deserve a hat tip as he threw a great block that made it easy for Boyd to get to the sideline.
Whoa. Tyler Boyd house call.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) December 6, 2020
Great block by Sample actually— Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) December 6, 2020
Great play design by Zac Taylor and the Bengals.— Tyler Dragon (@TheTylerDragon) December 6, 2020
Tyler Boyd with one of the Bengals' best plays of the year.— Rebecca Toback (@Rebecca_Toback) December 6, 2020
Never call a man to do a Boyd’s job.— BENGALS TALK (@BengalsTalk) December 6, 2020
Easily— Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) December 6, 2020
That 72-yard TD from Brandon Allen to Tyler Boyd is the longest of his career.— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) December 6, 2020
Longest play of the year for the #Bengals. Tops Higgins' 67-yard catch in Indy.— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonATH) December 6, 2020
A look at the dots on Tyler Boyd's 72-yard TD (via NFL Next Gen) pic.twitter.com/K9XVhEwDCu— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) December 6, 2020
Defense hold strong in the first half
Cincinnati’s defense played well against the Giants, and they came out on Sunday and shutdown the Dolphins offense. There were several players who shined, and the especially did well at keeping Miami out of the end zone.
Bates said he was excited to plan some man coverage this week against Gesicki. He wins the first battle as the #Bengals D forces a 3 and out.— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonATH) December 6, 2020
Three-and-out on the Bengals' first defensive drive. The defense has quitetly gotten better the last few weeks.— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) December 6, 2020
Logan Wilson with a third-and-six PBU. Nice feel and nice play by the rookie who keeps stacking those moments as the year goes along.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) December 6, 2020
Logan has such a great eye for the ball. Kid is special.— Adam's Hour (@Adams_Hour) December 6, 2020
That was just the 3rd pass defense of the year for Wilson. The other two were interceptions.#Bengals— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonATH) December 6, 2020
Sam Hubbard is turning it up— Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) December 6, 2020
So the Dolphins have to settle for a FG, and the #Bengals D, which ranked 27th in the red zone, gets a stop to preserve the lead.— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonATH) December 6, 2020
Tua got blown up by Vonn Bell!— BENGALS TALK (@BengalsTalk) December 6, 2020
Good blitz design again. They're toying with Tua on third downs.— Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) December 6, 2020
Refs make terrible call and eject Boyd
There was a strange sequence right before halftime. Cincinnati was driving, and on third down Allen tossed a ball out of bounds over Boyd’s head. A dolphins defender then gave Boyd a shot. The wide receiver got back up taking exception to the hit, and he got in another Miami’s defender’s face who then proceeded to hit his helmet. Boyd reciprocated the hit with a hit to the helmet of his own.
What was the result of all of this? Boyd was the only player penalized with a personal foul, but Boyd and the corner covering him were both ejected.
No, it doesn’t really make sense, to answer your question. It led to The Bengals missing a field goal from beyond 50 yards, and Miami was able to get a field goal of their own before halftime.
Can you challenge an ejection?— Dadio Makdook (@dadiodefacto) December 6, 2020
That entire sequence was laughable by the officials going both directions.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) December 6, 2020
Insane!!!!!!— ⚡️Primetime!!!⚡️ (@Joe_MainMixon) December 6, 2020
his employment depends on it. unleash those hands.— john sheeran (@John__Sheeran) December 6, 2020
That is some straight garbage, and how isn’t it off setting penalties— Kaleb ⚾️ (@Kalebriesenberg) December 6, 2020
The penalty costs the Bengals three points and Tyler Boyd.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) December 6, 2020
The Bengals lost to the Dolphins. That is nothing new this season. The absolutely embarrassing way in which it came was new, and cast shades of 2015 and the final years of Marvin Lewis across the team. Cincinnati lost their composure in a game they were winning up until halftime. The brawl was a bad look, and there were several other incidents with players. It may not have all fallen on this team, but for a head coach who has preached having a certain culture, it looked really really bad. The same seat for that head coach may be getting a little warmer as a result.
Also wait till the end to find out the milestone the 2020 Bengals reached with this loss.
Alrighty time to start making dinner— Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) December 6, 2020
Lots of game left, but seen this script too often for Zac Taylor's Bengals. Give up points going into half, other team gets the ball and a TD, offense wilts.— Jake (@Jake_NFL) December 6, 2020
Personnel is obviously a big factor and every game has its own story, but it has happened so many times.
Allen did the best he could. Respect to him.— Adam's Hour (@Adams_Hour) December 6, 2020
This is one of the drunkest football games I've ever seen.— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) December 6, 2020
That's what this dumpster fire needs... some Ryan Finley. https://t.co/Is18xTEg0l— Josh Kirkendall (@Josh_Kirkendall) December 6, 2020
I've seen a lot of Bengals games in my life and this is absolutely one of them.— Chris Roling (@Chris_Roling) December 6, 2020
The offensive line is just bad. Burrow made it look better than it was due solely to his inherent skill and ability and feel for the rush. This line is awful otherwise.— Andre Perrotta (@andreperrotta13) December 6, 2020
I am not kidding, this would get any coach in professional sports fired, given today's performance and the resume leading into today.— Adam's Hour (@Adams_Hour) December 6, 2020
Will Katie live up to her mantra of, "A New Dey"?
No game has needed a mercy clock more than this one right now.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) December 6, 2020
This team has no leader. I don't know what the solution is but I don't know how a front office can sit on its hands the Monday after this.— Chris Roling (@Chris_Roling) December 6, 2020
Mike Brown and the Bengals front office when they see fans wanting change: pic.twitter.com/w4cq4PkzPV— Adam's Hour (@Adams_Hour) December 6, 2020
The comments on the Zac Taylor postgame presser! No sure why the team is streaming these... pic.twitter.com/E4lbetyUgb— Rebecca Toback (@Rebecca_Toback) December 6, 2020