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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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CINCINNATI, OH – SEPTEMBER 15: Raheem Mostert #31 of the San Francisco 49ers runs the ball for an eventual touchdown while Preston Brown #52 and William Jackson #22 of the Cincinnati Bengals pursueduring the first half at Paul Brown Stadium on September 15, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH – SEPTEMBER 15: Raheem Mostert #31 of the San Francisco 49ers runs the ball for an eventual touchdown while Preston Brown #52 and William Jackson #22 of the Cincinnati Bengals pursueduring the first half at Paul Brown Stadium on September 15, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) /

There are some definite facts Bengals fan needs to come to grips with. The defense wasn’t just bad, it was embarrassingly bad. They made a questionable quarterback in Jimmy Garoppolo look like a league MVP and San Francisco a legitimate Super Bowl contender when they are not.

As good as they looked in Week 1 at Seattle, is how bad they looked at home in Week 2 against the 49ers. Going back on the road in Week 3 and 4 will certainly test a team and a defensive unit that completely broke down.

It’s not an easy fix. It also wasn’t expected. Garoppolo and the Niners looked relatively pedestrian against Tampa Bay in Week 1. In fact, coming into Sunday’s game, a lot of the talk was how long San Francisco would hang with a starting quarterback who didn’t really look the part. Against the Buccaneers, nothing indicated that the 49ers or Garoppolo were sleeping giants about to explode for 41 points on anybody, least of all on the road.

That’s the thing about Week 1 in the NFL. It can make fools of a lot of people who see a mirage and not what a team may actually be. Whatever legitimate flaws people may have seen was hidden by a one-off kind of game in Seattle. Opening Sunday in the NFL is more notable as one where teams and starters knock off the rust from not having played much if at all in the preseason.

Bottom line, Week 2 exposed flaws on a defense that was shredded by a 49ers team and quarterback who probably still finishes third in the NFC West.

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