Sep 22, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) is sacked by Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews (52) and fumbles the ball at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Turnovers, missed opportunities costing Cincinnati Bengals chance to be elite

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The Bengals entered Sunday’s game with a chance to take 1-game lead in the AFC North after 1/4 of the season had concluded, but alas, another missed opportunity left the mwith a loss and more questions than answered entering a crucial Week 5 game against the New England Patriots.

Dalton struggled throughout the game, and could never get on the same page as A.J. Green. At one point, he missed a deep-strike to Green after he’d beaten his defender for what would have been a go-ahead score, but overshot him in a game they ultimately lost by 17-6 score.

Missed opportunities, costly turnovers and poor execution have caused the Bengals to start 2-2, when in reality, they should be 4-0 and running away with the AFC North.

So far, they’ve given the ball away 9 times, the third-most in the AFC. The only teams worse are the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Jets, who area  combined 2-6 right now and don’t look anything like the Super Bowl contender many pegged the Bengals to be.

If they don’t clean up all of these crucial mistakes that keep costing them close ballgames, they’ll be on the outside looking in when the playoffs open.

 

 

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