Is the Red Zone Offense the Bengals’ Weakest Link?

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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

While looking into numbers, it’s pretty staggering as to why this is. The Bengals have five interceptions (three were not Dalton’s fault) and seven fumbles. Four of them were recovered by the opposing team. So that’s 12 possible turnovers, but thankfully three fumbles were recovered by the offense.

The Bengals are averaging almost 2 turnovers a game thus far this season. That’s not all, the Bengals have been in the red zone only 12 times, and have turned the ball over on two of those possessions. One being an interception where Dalton threw across his body in the New England game and Benjarvus Green-Ellis was stopped on a 4th and short against the Browns.

That’s not all, the Bengals have also turned the ball over right as they were getting into the red zone. In the Chicago game, Mohmaed Sanu fumbled a ball after picking up 10 yards to the Chicago’s 17 yard line. In that same game, AJ Green dropped a pass at Chicago’s 17 yard line that was then intercepted. The Bengals have had opportunities, but they have not been capitalizing on them.

So, let’s look back at this, the Bengals have no passing touchdowns to Mohamed Sanu, Jermaine Gresham, and Tyler Eifert. Why is that? While looking further into facts, it’s pretty astounding as to what has happened. Looking into the red zone offense, here are some stats from each game involving these players.

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  • Kenny Smith

    this article is spot on, could not agree more, A.J. it’s gonna see double coverage all year if we don’t utilize all the other great weapons we have

  • Sean Snuff McMahon

    Thanks Kenny, I appreciate it. It’s pretty frustrating to see all these weapons be underused, as this offense could definitely soar. But the red zone offnese has been too stagnant and is mind boggling.