It’s no secret that the Cincinnati Bengals offense has struggled mightily this year. A lot of that has to do with Joe Burrow’s calf injury and Tee Higgins’ slow start.
Another factor, though, is failing to capitalize on fourth downs. The Bengals have lost the most win percentage points in the league by kicking in go situations.
As you can see, Cincinnati has lost about six percentage points per game by punting the ball away or attempting a field goal. The next worst team is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are around four percent.
But it’s not as simple as going for it on fourth. You have to be able to convert. And the Bengals haven’t done that very well, which partly explains the trend of kicking it away.
When they have gone for it, they've sucked. https://t.co/eNkZe2MTxH— Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) October 24, 2023
The Bengals have one of the lowest Go-For-It rates, but they also have one of the lowest EPAs per play.
So is this all just Taylor playing more conservatively because of Burrow’s calf (and the subsequent slow start)? Not necessarily. The Bengals lost the third most win percentage by kicking in go situations last year and the ninth most in 2021.
Zac Taylor coaching like a loser this year has nothing to do with the calf. Every year is the same loser ass mentality. Lou and Burrow always save the day. pic.twitter.com/1xoF4Ddelm— DarthNoobSaibot (@DarthNoobSaibot) October 24, 2023
Will they get better on fourth downs ahead of facing the offensive juggernaut that is the San Francisco 49ers? Watch our preview to learn more about the matchup:
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