The Bengals had solely the faintest of playoff hopes heading into Sunday’s sport in opposition to the Bears, however successful out would permit them to complete the season with a successful file even when it didn’t earn them a playoff berth.
That hope died because the Bears scored the ultimate 27 factors to depart Cincinnati with a 33-7 win. Quarterback Andy Dalton stated the crew “didn’t come to play,” however he and different gamers resisted blaming their struggles on the brief week that adopted their tough sport in opposition to the Steelers final Monday night time.
In addition they resisted blaming the hassle stage, which didn’t depart a lot however their precise play when it got here time to determine what went flawed. Vast receiver A.J. Green was one in every of many gamers to share their embarrassment about how issues performed out.
“It’s definitely embarrassing,” Inexperienced stated. “Any time you lose 33-7, irrespective of how good the opposite crew performed, it’s embarrassing. We have now three extra weeks left, and we now have to proceed combating.”
Coach Marvin Lewis stated he was “shocked” by the crew’s efficiency as a result of he thought they ready effectively throughout the week, nevertheless it’s arduous to be too stunned when a 5-7 crew loses in any style. It could be equally unsurprising if the loss is likely one of the final that Lewis oversees from the Bengals sideline as his contract is coming to an finish at a second when the Bengals look far faraway from the run of 5 straight playoff seasons that resulted in 2015.