Men In Stripes is presented to you by Stripe Hype and FanSided Networks. A weekly Cincinnati Bengals and NFL podcast. This episode: Recapping the Cincinnati Bengals Loss to the New England Patriots.
Matt and Tim break down Sunday’s loss to the New England Patriots. The Bengals dropped a 14-10 third quarter lead to eventually fall 35-17 in Foxborough. What were some of the positives on Sunday?
Matt: Giovani Bernard breaking for 49 rushing yards on 15 carries and 45 receiving yards on four catches. Andy Dalton was finally given some time to throw the ball down the field. However, the one time they didn’t protect him, thanks to Jeremy Hill‘s blocking skills, it resulted in a safety.
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However their were some negative takeaways, as well in this loss:
Tim: The officials missing calls and making bad ones.
Matt: When did officials stop learning their craft and trying to prefect it?
Now the officials were not the only problem. The secondary couldn’t stop Rob Gronkowski, Tom Brady, and Martellus Bennett. The offense could do much more after the safety and failed to get back into the end zone after their first possession of the second half.
Matt believes that a change needs to be made at the defensive coordinator. Paul Guenther is not getting the best out of his players, and these are mostly the same guys that Mike Zimmmer won with and then he took over in Zimmer’s system until late. They seem to focus on stopping the run and forgetting about the passing defense or vice versa.
Whatever the belief is, the next two games before the bye could make or break this Bengals team. The head back to Cincinnati to host the Cleveland Browns in week seven and then head to England to play host to the getting warmer Washington Redskins. If they can get back to .500 at 4-4, the second half of the season could be a fresh start.
The guys will return Thursday for the preview of Cleveland at Cincinnati and around the NFL.