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Bengals embarrassed by Ravens as season mercifully comes to an end

Jan 3, 2021; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins (27) runs with the ball past Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Darius Phillips (23) and defensive end Amani Bledsoe (91) in the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 3, 2021; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins (27) runs with the ball past Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Darius Phillips (23) and defensive end Amani Bledsoe (91) in the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports /
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After suffering an embarrassing defeat to the Baltimore Ravens, the Cincinnati Bengals’ season mercifully comes to an end.

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As suddenly as the optimism for the Cincinnati Bengals arrived over the past two weeks, it was carried off by the Baltimore Ravens’ dynamic rushing attack just as quickly. The club finishes the season with a 4-11-1 record as they fall to a divisional rival in a shockingly embarrassing fashion at home.

Zac Taylor’s squad entered their AFC North clash hoping to play spoiler to the Ravens’ playoff hopes, just as they had done in 2017. However, that goal quickly fell out of reach as Baltimore lit up the scoreboard quickly while the Bengals failed to get a single first down until there were four minutes remaining in the first half.

Once again, Cincinnati has proven to be miles away from competing within the division. The front office clearly has a lot of work to do prior to the beginning of the 2021 campaign if the organization is to break out of the cellar of the NFL ranks.

An eventful offseason lies ahead for the Bengals

WhoDey Nation can buckle up for another exciting offseason. Reports have already spilled out of the Queen City suggesting that the Bengals have decided to move on from four assistant coaches, most notably offensive line coach Jim Turner. After such a disappointing season, there could be even more coaching staff adjustments on the horizon.

Rest assured, there will be plenty of roster overhaul as well. With their week 17 loss, the franchise that calls Paul Brown Stadium home has secured a top-five selection in next April’s draft. With plenty of talent available, the long process of debating what direction the Bengals should go will soon begin.

After the club’s activity on the open market last season, you can’t forget about free agency either. Projections have Cincinnati wielding roughly $35M in cap space, but their spending power can increase in a hurry, should they decide to move on from some pricey veterans.

No matter how you look at it, major moves are lurking upon this offseason as the Bengals prepare to close the gap between themselves and the rest of the AFC North.

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