3 questions Bengals must answer in week 15 vs Broncos

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Question No. 2: Can the Bengals stop giving the ball away?

More than anything, turnovers have been to blame for this two-game skid. You simply just cannot give the ball to the other team with the regularity the Bengals have been giving it. I know it’s the season of giving, but give me a break already!

Against the 49ers, the Bengals’ first five plays resulted in dropped balls. Now to be fair, they didn’t all result in turnovers, but come on! How does this happen?

Ball security is something that is taught from pee-wee ball forward. Yes, I know that stuff happens, but two muffed punts? I feel for Darius Phillips, I really do. However, when your ONE job, (Phillips doesn’t really play defense) is to catch a punt, catch the damn punt!

At this point, I don’t care if Darius Rucker is out there. (That’s Hootie from Hootie and the Blowfish. Look them up, kids). Just catch the damn ball!

While the two muffed punts led to 10 points and were no doubt a huge factor in the outcome, the Bengals still almost overcame those miscues. The margin between winning and losing in December is razor-thin.

If the Bengals can cease gifting the ball to the other team for a couple of weeks, the results will probably be reflected in the win/loss column. How about trying NOT to give the pigskin away for a week and see how it goes?