- Jamison Hensley, ESPN Staff Writer
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During the Bengals' three-game winning streak, the offense was sizzling, averaging 33 points per game. During Cincinnati's two game losing streak, the offense has been sloppy.
There was the delay of game in the second half which turned a third-and-8 into a third-and-13. There were the two drops by tight end Jermaine Gresham. And there was the lag in between the first and second snaps at the end of the first half which ultimately cost the Bengals a chance at a field goal.
The biggest mistakes have been turnovers. The Bengals have given the ball away 14 times this season (nine interceptions and five fumbles), and teams have converted them into 48 points. That represents nearly 30 percent of the points allowed by Cincinnati this season.
"We're very disappointed in the last two games. We're better than that. We're a better offense than that," offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth told the team's official website. "We've got to stop putting ourselves in situations where you have to make hero-type plays to try and win games. It has to be every guy putting it on their shoulders and carrying it on their back. The truth is, as much as this is a team game, it's an individual game. Each of us has to go out individually and make plays."
STAT THAT STICKS: 628 -- A.J. Green's receiving yards, which currently lead the NFL. He is on pace for 1,674 yards receiving this season. In comparison, Calvin Johnson had 1,681 yards receiving last season. His six touchdown catches rank second in the league.
OVERHEARD: "We have got to play nastier, we need to play tougher, we need to have more of a killer instinct than what we are playing with, and that’s what we need to have. We’re almost too nice at times and we’ve got to have more of a killer instinct, get going, and keep making plays, and keep scoring and keep stopping them and not have a hiccup, a sigh of a relaxation play.” -- Head coach Marvin Lewis on the Bengals losing two straight games.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Bengals (3-3) play at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers (2-3), who have lost all three of their games on the road this season.