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Bengals put together a pathetic offensive performance in loss to Dolphins

Dec 6, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (25) runs the ball between Miami Dolphins outside linebacker Jerome Baker (55) and middle linebacker Kyle Van Noy (53) during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 6, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (25) runs the ball between Miami Dolphins outside linebacker Jerome Baker (55) and middle linebacker Kyle Van Noy (53) during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Cincinnati Bengals pieced together a pathetic offensive performance in their week 13 loss to the Miami Dolphins, causing them to fall to 2-9-1.

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For the second-straight week, the Cincinnati Bengals’ offense has been laughable. Outside of a tremendous play from wide receiver Tyler Boyd that allowed him to break free for a 72-yard touchdown, Zac Taylor’s squad was held scoreless.

Of course, a drop off was to be expected when the team lost superstar quarterback Joe Burrow to injury, but even the most pessimistic fan couldn’t have imagined such a steep decline in performance.

The offensive woes were especially evident coming out of the locker room at half time, as the Brandon Allen led unit recorded negative yardage throughout the entire third quarter. In fact, the team didn’t flip into the positive until the final minutes of the contest.

At this point, it’s painfully obvious that the flashes of brilliance the Bengals’ offense showed earlier in the season were solely due to the talent of their rookie signal-caller. For those keeping track of head coaching vacancies, that fact should turn the heat up on Taylor’s seat a few notches.

Bengals stand pat in the draft order

With yet another loss, the Bengals remain the owners of the third overall pick in the NFL draft. For Burrow or any other quarterback asked to drop back for Cincinnati in the future, that should be welcome news. The club remains in a prime spot to select tackle Penei Sewell, widely regarded as one of the most talented prospects to enter the draft at the position in quite some time.

It’s no secret the trenches need a massive makeover in the Queen City. That fact was put on display yet again against the Dolphins as Brandon Allen became the second quarterback to get injured behind the offensive line the Bengals employ. Sewell would be a giant leap in the right direction to correct the unit’s problems.

As the Bengals attempt to reach the finish line of the season, they’ll gear up to face the Dallas Cowboys, another struggling franchise.

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