FAILURE TO SEIZE OPPORTUNITIES
The final concern with the Bengals early season struggles takes on many forms. Of which the most concerning has to be the amount of drops that the Bengals have committed. In a very uncharacteristic moment, A.J. Green dropped a critical third down conversion. This moment was only the latest chapter in the alarming saga that has become Cincinnati receiver’s inability to hold onto the ball.
The same can be said about their defense as well. Against the Broncos, Cincinnati had a least three opportunities to end Denver drives with interceptions. Two of these missed interceptions led to Broncos scores. The failure to hold on to the ball on both offense and defense has really cost the Bengals. The only way to fix this issue is to simply hold onto the ball.
The Bengals let many key roster contributors go during the offseason. The results without the likes of Jones, Sanu, and Nelson have thus far are not pointing to these being good decisions. There is no time to focus on the could have, would have, or should have as Cincinnati finds themselves in third place in the AFC North.
To add even more pressure on the struggling Bengals, their next game will be in primetime on Thursday Night Football against the Miami Dolphins. Cincinnati has dropped three straight games to Dolphins including a Thursday Night heartbreaker in 2013.
The Bengals players and coaches must hit the panic button this week. They need to force opponents to defeat them rather than beat themselves. Better a little panic lead to a new result than allowing ignorance and denial to lead to the same miserable conclusion.