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The first fatal flaw that must be addressed is the penalties that the Bengals have hurt themselves with numerous times. Through three games, Cincinnati has been penalized 19 times for 144 yards. Of those 19 flags, many have come off third down and resulted in opponents being able to continue drives. One such penalty occurred on a personal foul after the play should have been blown dead due to a false start. Another on the second Broncos drive where an illegal contact call on third-and-four, kept the drive alive. However, clueless officials aside Cincinnati’s penalties have been devastating.
THE OFFENSIVE LINE
Sacks are another disturbing trend of the young 2016 season. Andy Dalton has been sacked 12 times this season. That is only eight shy of the 20 times that Dalton was sacked through 13 games last season. In addition to the Bengals offensive line’s pass protection woes, the running game still leaves much to be desired. After a very encouraging first drive of the game which saw Jeremy Hill have his way with the Broncos defense, the Bengals rushing attack stalled. If Cincinnati wants to have any hope of making the playoffs this season the offensive line must improve.