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
4-straight possessions ending in turnovers. Seemingly an impossible feat, but the Bengals pulled it off. They even managed to bookend the 4 straight turnovers with two 3 and outs. For the Bengals to win that game on Sunday was amazing. Nonetheless, the Bengals have to get the turnovers under control. You cannot turn the ball over 4 times and expect to win. The Bengals now have games of 3, 0 and 4 turnovers. To be 2-1 with that stat is nothing short of amazing.
Long FGs are not Nugent’s specialty, but extra points have to be converted. Having the extra point blocked (though not necessarily Nugent’s fault) is inexcusable. That could have been huge as it left the Bengals down 3 instead of 2 – meaning a FG would only tie the game rather than win it. Lucky for the Bengals, it turned out not be a big deal, but it could have been.
The missed 52-yard FG is also concerning. 52 yards is by no means a “give me” but it is a distance where the Bengals should be able to feel somewhat confident in their ability to convert. Unfortunately, Nugent converts just 37.5% from 50+ (6/16) – you would like to see that number a little closer to 50%. Nugent’s 52-yarder yesterday never even had a chance. Oh yeah, just for good measure he decided to put a kickoff out of bounds to give the ball to GB at their own 40 yard line.