Cincy Jungle: Will The Bengals Be One-And-Done In The Playoffs?

It might have just been one game against an out-of-conference foe, but SBN’s Cincy Jungle isn’t feeling too good about the way their team is playing with January fast approaching:

Let me ask you this. After watching the Vikings win all three phases of the game the way they did Sunday, how confident are you right now that the Bengals will beat the Chargers, or any playoff team? Can the Bengals compete against the Indianapolis Colts? The Denver Broncos? The New England Patriots? Are they one and done in the playoffs? […]

Normally, I’d write this off as just having a bad game. I’d say, “oh, don’t worry about it, we’ll rebound.” And perhaps we will. However, I don’t have the confidence that we’re anywhere near being a competitive playoff-bound football team. Can the Bengals offense go a complete half without committing penalties that often stall drives? Can the Bengals actually pass the football for over 100 yards when the running game is ineffective? Can the Bengals actually score in the red zone?

You can quote how this is a passing league, and toss gaudy passing numbers to everyone as an indication of what it takes to be successful in this league, this year. To me, that’s not the point. To me, a passing offense has to be effective and efficient. And since beating the Chicago Bears 45-10, this passing offense isn’t effective. It’s embarrassing. It’s depressing. Let’s face facts.

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