Franchise Follies Headline Bengals Loss

Cincinnati Bengals franchise player Shayne Graham missed two critical field goals en route to a 24-14 loss to the New York Jets in the Wild Card round at PBS. Graham was by no means the only striped goat of the game, but his very makeable 35 and 28 yard misses validated the widespread impression among fans that he’s choker. Graham has almost certainly played his last game as a Bengal.

Shayne wasn’t the only one providing ammo to his critics tonight. Offensive coordinator Sideshow Bob underutilized RB Cedric Benson early on. Despite the fact that Benson was en fuego all night, tearing up the field, making great moves, and imposing his will on the Jets’ D, the Bengals continued to try to throw the ball. WR Laveranues Coles hurt his thumb early, WR Andre Caldwell got rolled up, WR Chad Johnson was locked up with CB Darrelle Revis all night — but heaven forfend the Bengals run the ball!

Not only was the WR corps a wreck, but QB Carson Palmer made all his critics look right. High throws and bad decisions abounded. Despite having time all night, he couldn’t find receivers, and when he did, he couldn’t hit them. Jets rookie QB Mark Sanchez looked like a seasoned veteran by comparison.

The defense was mostly stout, but had a few big breakdowns that led to Jets’ scores. It took a hit early, losing LB Rashard Jeanty on the opening kickoff, but Brandon Johnson filled in admirably. Two turnovers by the offense, combined with its inability to score, simply gave the D no room for error.

This was not how I hoped the season would end, obviously. However, I never expected the Bengals to get this far in the first place. So while I am immensely disappointed tonight, I’m also very proud of these guys. Let’s get some injured guys back, have a strong draft, and pick up where we left off next September.

Here’s the last toast of the evening, here’s to those who still believe
All the losers will be winners, all the givers shall receive
Here’s to trouble-free tomorrows, may your sorrows all be small
Here’s to the losers, here’s to the losers, here’s to the losers
Bless them all!


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  • Jonny Haze

    Who dey think gonna beat them Bun Girls! Wehn my six time superbowl winning Steelers knocked your third string Palmer out and when on to win yet another super bowl you all cried and said thats why you lost. WELL he was your chance and of course the BunGirls BLEW IT.
    So tell all the fans to go cry over yet another losing season. This was your chance with Troy and A. Smith comming back the BunGirls will have no shot next year.
    GO STELLERS!!!!!!

  • david

    Awesome. Pitt fan who can’t even spell his team’s name right talking trash. I see the taxpayers of Pennsylvania are getting their education dollars’ worth…

  • Chip Hunter

    LOL, what a moron…His first name is most likely Johnny too!

  • Chip Hunter

    Before I forget, someone needs to hold onto the challenge flags other than Marvin. My god he is stupid when it comes to challenging a play. Both of the challenges were beyond dumb…

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  • Andrew

    Cheer up, Larry Johnson, guys! Go to his locker @ and write him a nice shout-out :)

  • persiang

    I keep hearing the bengals need to draft a wideout,that is so not true, they should go after a free agent like T.O OR THAT BURESS KID,and draft an althletic tightend or an althletic O-LINEMAN in first round no wideouts,they have Simpson,Purify to still develope or cut and CROSBY has shown his work effort and willingness to do whatever helps the team he deserves to be there,and CALDWELL is very talented just needs to focus more.And open up the offensive more CHAD is still great BUT T.O or BURESS would add a whole new animal to deal with on the field.Cut Coles or get him on the same PAGE AS Carson ,he is a pro’s,PRO but in my opinion to small a target for CARSON to throw at,SO THE BENGALS HAVE enough wideouts that are young,SO SIGN A VETERAN Because Carson window is closeing VERY SLOWLY.So PLEASE keep LJ with ced benson run the ball 50 times a game ced 25/30 touches a game and LJ 20/25 TOUCHES that alone will help CARSON,and adding T.O OR buress AN A DURABLE TIGHTEND WHO CAN RUN BLOCK AND CATCH.Carson then would only have 20/25 passing att. a game that will keep him healthy FOR A PLAY OFF PUSH or SUPERBOWL RUN,oh yea and the rest of the draft 3RD round on defensive!defensive!defensive! first two rounds address the O-LINEMAN AND TIGHTEND positions and WATCHOUT.