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Monday, September 30, 2013
Morning Stripes: Bengals offense sputters

By Coley Harvey

The last two mornings after Bengals games have been a little more cheerful for the Who Dey Nation than this one likely will end up being, but the good thing for Cincinnati is that it has been here before, and found a way to recover from days like this.

Specifically, this year's Bengals have already been on the losing end of a contest they had numerous chances to win. It's the exact spot they were in Sunday afternoon, when, as long as they could, their defense kept them in the AFC North showdown against the in-state rival Browns. Their offense, on the other hand, tried as it might, couldn't come away with the crucial score when it needed it the most.

The Bengals know that if they are to reverse course and find their way well into the playoffs come this January, they will have to stumble into the end zone multiple times each ballgame.

As we take a look at Monday's Morning Stripes, keep in mind the following comment on the Bengals' offense -- which totaled just 266 yards -- from left offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth:

"We didn't play well. It wasn't really a letting down thing. ... It wasn't a team out here who didn't care. We just didn't execute. Any time you have situations where you have a couple of plays where nobody knows what to do because of miscommunications and then you have a fumbled snap, you can't win. We blew it in critical situations. I don't think that was a letdown thing. Honestly, it was just us having a bad day."

Those will come, but they'll need a good one Sunday when the New England Patriots come to town.
Don't worry, Bengals fans. The sun came up Monday morning. All, in this season, is not lost.