Is it time to start worrying about the Cincinnati Bengals?
With a 1-3 start to the season, the Cincinnati Bengals are having a worse season compared to the previous two years. After reaching the AFC Championship game last season, the Bengals aimed to have another successful season. However, through the first four games, that has not been the case. They haven't faced particularly strong opponents, except for the Baltimore Ravens, yet they've struggled to get off to a good start.
At the beginning of the season, many fans believed the Bengals might have a slow start, as they have in the past, and then pick up their performance after a few games. However, this year, it doesn't seem to be the case. In the first four weeks, the Bengals have scored the second-lowest number of points in the entire season, just ahead of the Giants by three points. They have not looked like themselves. The team suffered heavy losses to the mediocre Browns and Titans, with scores of 24-3 against the Browns and 27-3 against the Titans. It's disappointing for many to see a team with high expectations score only a field goal against teams with lower expectations. They also had a close loss to the Ravens, 27-24. The Bengals did manage to secure a win against the Rams in week 3 with a score of 19-16, but the following week, they lost by 24 points.
This has led people to question what is going wrong with the Bengals. Many are blaming the coaches for starting their star quarterback, Joe Burrow, despite his calf injury. Even if he just gets benched for one week, he will likely return fully healthy and improve his performance. On the other hand, Ja'Marr Chase is blaming the quarterback play. He expressed his frustration in the locker room after their loss to the Titans, saying, "I'm always open" to a reporter. There are always two sides to a story, and in this case, Ja'Marr is pointing to the quarterback play, while others are blaming the coaches for starting an injured quarterback. Whatever the problem may be, the Bengals need to quickly turn things around if they want to make it to the playoffs or have a successful season. Is it time to start worrying?