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Cincinnati Bengals: Winners and losers from Week 2 blowout loss to 49ers

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CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 15: Jeff Wilson Jr. #30 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates after a touchdown during the first half against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on September 15, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 15: Jeff Wilson Jr. #30 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates after a touchdown during the first half against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on September 15, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) /
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The Cincinnati Bengals were steamrolled by the San Francisco 49ers 41-17 in their Week 2 home opener. Here is a look at some of the winners and losers.

Whatever you felt about the Cincinnati Bengals coming out of Week 1 probably changed after their 41-17 loss against the San Francisco 49ers The good feelz, potential, and momentum were quickly and decisively destroyed by, of all people, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and a 49ers offense that was like a hot knife through butter.

The Bengals coughed up 572 yards of offense. Garoppolo himself accounted for 297 passing yards, completing 17 passes on 25 attempts. He also threw three touchdowns and added one interception. He looked like everything most were thinking he was not.

Facts are what the numbers say they are. Fact is the defense is bad. The offensive line is bad, hence the running game is bad. The numbers for quarterback Andy Dalton don’t seem to matter much on the losing side of a 41-17 loss. That said they are worth noting. 26 of 42 for 311 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception.

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Week 2 in Cincinnati is both forgettable and regrettable. It also shows what an absolute mirage Week 1 was against Seattle. For diehards wanting to make excuses, refrain. Maybe, hopefully, this 41-17 beatdown will prove an outlier. With two games left in September, both on the road at 2-0 Buffalo and 0-2 Pittsburgh, Zac Taylor will need to find some answers for a team who looked undeniably flat in the home opener.

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