Going into Sunday’s game vs. the Denver Broncos, not even the most optimistic fans in Bengaldom felt good about their teams’ chances of upsetting a Peyton Manning-led Broncos team that was as hot as any team in the NFL Manning had never lost to Cincinnati, and the Bengals have struggled recently against the Broncos, but despite all of this, the Bengals found themselves with a 4th-quarter lead, as well as a late possession trailing only by four points and a chance to retake the lead. But alas, when it mattered most once again, the Bengals were outplayed, out-coached, and out-hustled in the games’ most critical possessions, and now a once promising season is now on the brink of becoming another season lost in the abyss.
Cornerback Terence Newman said it best when asked why his team fell to 3-5 Bengals after their fourth straight loss:
Sometimes it goes your way and sometimes it doesn’t. It’s been that way the last couple of games for us. A lot of times teams get bounces to go their way and sometimes they don’t. I think today we got it both ways. At the end of the day, they did a better job executing plays and doing them when it mattered.
The Bengals had their opportunities on Sunday, as they’ve had in every game in the course of their four-game losing streak, but once again failed to take advantage of them. At this point, the playoffs aren’t completely out of reach, but the team needs to focus more on improving and executing in the clutch before they even think about competing for a playoff spot.