It was the worst.
Absolutely, positively, the worst. Cincinnati's offense was shutout on Oct. 19 when the Indianapolis Colts manhandled Cincinnati 27-0. The drive chart tells it all.
It seemed like the game started with around 59 seconds remaining in the first half. Cincinnati Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham was arguing with Colts linebacker Erik Walden. An official interceded and Walden, apparently trying to get away from Gresham, made contact with the official and was promptly disqualified. This was the first time that the Cincinnati Bengals picked up a first down. A first down!
Even by that point, the Bengals were still only down 10-0. Unfortunately the offense continued to sputter and Indianapolis scored on three of their final four possessions -- each going 60 yards or more and at least eight plays. Cincinnati generated 135 yards of total offense, averaging 2.5 yards/play with only eight first downs acquired and masterful one-of-13 third down rate.
So that sh*t is straight-up embarrassing, said Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson.
"However you want to write it is fine with me," said Jackson via Fox Sports Ohio. "You can you use a whole bunch of different adjectives for that one. It wasn't good. I promise you that. They did a very good job. They took it to us. And we didn't play very well."
Shocking revelations are shocking.