- Jamison Hensley, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Cincinnati Bengals' streak of five straight sellouts has ended. The team announced that Sunday's game against the New York Giants has been blacked out. In the news release, the Bengals said the team remains "several thousand [tickets] short of a sellout."
Yes, the Bengals couldn't sell all of their tickets for a game against the defending Super Bowl champions. That's what happens when an expected playoff contender has lost four straight games. This isn't the first time that the Bengals haven't sold out a game against a defending Super Bowl champion. It happened in 2010, when the Saints came into Paul Brown Stadium.
The last time the Bengals failed to sell out a home game was Dec. 24, 2011, against the Cardinals. Even though the Bengals had sellouts in their first four games this season, they have only managed a 1-3 record at home, including a loss to the Broncos Sunday.
"They’ve really come out and were loud, and it’s had an effect," Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said Monday. "Unfortunately, we haven’t gotten it done for them, and that’s the disappointing thing."