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3 takeaways from the Cincinnati Bengals 17-10 loss at the Raiders

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OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 17: Tyler Eifert #85 of the Cincinnati Bengals is tackled after a catch by D.J. Swearinger #21 of the Oakland Raiders during the first half at RingCentral Coliseum on November 17, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 17: Tyler Eifert #85 of the Cincinnati Bengals is tackled after a catch by D.J. Swearinger #21 of the Oakland Raiders during the first half at RingCentral Coliseum on November 17, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images) /
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OAKLAND, CA – NOVEMBER 17: Head coach Jon Gruden of the Oakland Raiders talks to quarterback Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals after the game at RingCentral Coliseum on November 17, 2019 in Oakland, California. The Oakland Raiders defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 17-10. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA – NOVEMBER 17: Head coach Jon Gruden of the Oakland Raiders talks to quarterback Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals after the game at RingCentral Coliseum on November 17, 2019 in Oakland, California. The Oakland Raiders defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 17-10. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images) /

With two regular-season games to his name, Bengals quarterback Ryan Finley has yet to do any one thing to distinguish himself. In Oakland, after a paltry 115 passing yards, it is reasonable to wonder if Finley is a quarterback destined for backup or a spot on a practice squad.

In two games, the hope that maybe he’d be a change of pace to ignite a Bengals offense is likely a Fool’s Paradise. He’s not, at least not yet. But if you’re a betting person, the better bet is that he’s a placeholder for whoever comes next. It’s also a debate likely to begin raging whether the Bengals should go back to Dalton. that said, one has to reasonably assume that Dolegala is probably up next.

Cincinnati is finally at that place where winning football games is a bad thing. At 0-10 and six games away from a perfect 0-16, it’s way too tantalizing for any heroics. Bengals fans are beginning to taste the adrenaline from a No. #1 overall pick. A quarterback most likely, but with Cincinnati, who knows.

Next. The Stripe Hype team weighs in on the state of the Bengals. dark

The quarterback situation in Cincinnati is an ugly sight. It also isn’t very likely to change anytime soon. The hope for anyone in the Finley camp is that the rest of the 2019 season isn’t like his current 0-2 start. Finley needs something good for his employment prospects beyond this season, but if yesterday in Oakland is any indication, the verdict on Finley won’t be a good one. Even in a city where 0-10 is the new normal.

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