After getting blanked by the Cowboys in the first half, Bengals fans rightly complained about the starters’ terrible showing in Dallas.
I put a couple tweets and Facebook post sending out updates about the game, and there was definitely some frustration in the comments. After scoring no points in the first half and just a field goal in the third quarter, that feeling was very justified. Despite the 21-13 victory, the starters, especially on offense, did not perform very well at all.
The offensive production was very reminiscent of the first two games last season. Under Ken Zampese, the then-offensive coordinator, the Bengals did not score a touchdown either game. Andy Dalton looked particularly bad those games, making bad throws all over the field. In general, the offense looked sluggish and seemed unable to move the ball.
Tonight, that ineptitude crept back up. The Bengals did not advance the ball into field goal range once in the entire first half. Even with Dalton, Joe Mixon, and all the starters on the field, the Bengals couldn’t do anything against the Cowboys’ first team defense.
Understandably, many fans needed to express their disgust at the Bengals’ offensive showing. On Twitter, a couple of you commented after an upsetting first have. A particularly good point came from the comparison of last week to this week – the Bengals clearly regressed from the Chicago game. A lot of that falls on Dalton, who just wasn’t the same quarterback yesterday.
On Facebook, the comments showed similar frustration. One comment stated the Bengals’ offense was “straight trash,” which was very accurate given how they played. There was a lot of “the Bengals suck”, and even a “Bungles” mention. With such a disappointing performance from the starters, such sentiment was very deserved.
At least with the 21-13 victory, there was some excitement to be had. The victory Facebook posts had 84 likes to this point, and there is plenty of “Who Dey!” in the comments. Who Dey indeed!