When the Cincinnati Bengals lost an eighth straight game to the Los Angeles Rams, fans were able to see why one team wins, and the other may not for a long time.
The Cincinnati Bengals lost more than a game to the Los Angeles Rams in Week 8. The 24-10 defeat in London also showed the stark contrast between most everything the two organizations do from personnel to coaching, to their approach in free agency and trades. Most glaring is the gap between a team at 5-3 and fresh off of a Super Bowl appearance and one light-year’s away.
Also worth considering is fan perception in Cincinnati. Certainly there will always be the group who insist starting over is a form of cruel and unusual punishment. Then there are those fans who see a greater and larger picture for how to improve. For those fans who think hanging in “as-is” makes sense, please go back and rewatch yesterday’s game.
The Rams win for a variety of reasons. But for a team looking for an angle, note the names on the back of jerseys. Look at how they have moved up to draft a would-be franchise quarterback. Then finally look at where the Rams were in 2016, 2017, 2018, and now in 2019.
Now tell me where Cincinnati has been in that same time frame. The bottom line, is one team aspires to greatness, and that team is the Rams.
The Bengals don’t seem inclined to be bold. One reason is it’s hard. You have to want to win. You also have to have players who want the same. Listening to a player like Andy Dalton who has settled in, fans really don’t have a lot to look forward to.