Sunday, November 21, 2010
Wrap-up: Bills 49, Bengals 31
By James Walker
Here are some thoughts on the Buffalo Bills' come-from-behind victory over the Cincinnati Bengals:
What it means: It means the Bengals' embarrassing 2010 season has reached a new low as they blew a 21-point lead and lost by 18 points. Receiver Terrell Owens, via the Cincinnati Enquirer, put it succinctly: "We're terrible." The Bengals (2-8) have lost an NFL-high seven straight games. If Cincinnati can lose to Buffalo at home, it's not out of the realm of possibility that the Bengals could drop the rest of the games on their schedule.
What I liked: The Bengals started really fast. Everything was clicking on both sides of the ball as the Bengals took a 28-7 lead in the second quarter. Cincinnati also led 31-14 at halftime. Bengals starting cornerback Johnathan Joseph also had a good game with two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, before getting injured.
What I didn't like: In what's been a season-long trend, the Bengals failed to put together four quarters. Cincinnati came out the locker room not ready to play and was outscored an amazing 35-0 in the third and fourth quarters. Injuries to players like Joseph and safety Chris Crocker had something to do with it, but that's not nearly a big enough excuse to blow a game this bad at home to the woeful Bills.
What's next: Cincinnati's season couldn't end soon enough. But the team has six more games to play, starting on Thanksgiving night against the New York Jets (8-2). It will be a matchup of one of the NFL's hottest teams (New York) against the NFL's coldest (Cincinnati).