Bengals can't get over horrible start in 20-17 loss to Cowboys

Bengals can’t get over horrible start in 20-17 loss to Cowboys

Despite a valiant second-half effort, the Cincinnati Bengals fell short for the second straight week, that one being a 20-17 pistol loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

The Cowboys got off to a brisk start to the game, rushing for 75 yards to score a touchdown. It was the exact opposite of what everyone expected with Dallas without Prescott. Cooper Rush made a few big plays, but his biggest was a fourth-and-second conversion on Dallas’ own 40-yard line. He hit a receiver behind initial coverage, which kept the drive alive.

The Bengals only managed to retaliate with a field goal. Micah Parsons helped stop the drive when he put an incredible move on offensive tackle La’el Collins that knocked the veteran down.

It was great to see the whole long slam process happening to Kevin Huber for Evan McPherson to continue showing he’s an incredible kicker. Everyone showed some appreciation for Cal Adomitis as the team’s newest long snapper.

The Cowboys’ offensive prowess didn’t slow down on their second practice as running back Tony Pollard had a huge play where he took a pass over 40 yards from behind the line of scrimmage. Vonn Bell made a life-saving touchdown tackle, but Pollard entered the end zone on the next play on a one-yard run.

Joe Burrow continued to feel the pressure in the next practice as Micah Parsons found himself untouched on a crucial third down. However, the Cincinnati defense eventually stepped up with a save that was catapulted by Trey Hendrickson making a nine-yard tackle for a second down loss.

The rest of the half was very frustrating offensively for Cincinnati. Lots of third downs and longs or plays getting blown up in the backfield. The defense at least held Dallas’ offense and Rush in check the rest of the way. They managed to add a basket just before halftime after Mike Hilton dropped a potentially game-breaking interception.

Coming out of halftime, the Bengals managed to get a first down before facing a fourth-and-four where they were close to throwing. However, an encroachment penalty on the Cowboys gave them new life. Cincinnati managed to hit Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd for the first time in the game, but the practice still only resulted in a field goal for a team looking to hit the ground in Week 2.

The Bengals added another field goal. Then the Cowboys began to implement a methodical workout that seemed destined for points. Rush then hit his tight end for a first down, but Bell managed to hit the ball for Cincinnati’s first forced turnover of the season. DJ Reader was on the cover. It was his first recovered fumble of the season. The big man is rewarded for continuing the game.

Burrow and the offense got the ball back with just over 12 minutes left in the fourth quarter, eight behind. What followed was a 19-game drive that culminated in a touchdown catch from Higgins and a two-point conversion from Boyd.

Practice started with the Cowboys kicking the ball into the scoreboard, but they didn’t replay the down due to lack of evidence (even though it was). It was probably the best protection the quarterback had received all day, as he was able to drop pennies in key situations.

Tight end Hayden Hurst also picked up a few third downs. He also had an unnecessary roughness flag picked up on a shot he took in the middle (even though it totally was). The whole ride could come down to an attack finally stepping up in the face of the adversity she’s faced all season.

The Cowboys’ next drive quickly took a first down, but was stopped by a deflected pass from BJ Hill that brought in fourth down. They then pinned Cincinnati inside their own 10-yard line.

The Bengals failed to land a first down on possession. Kevin Huber threw an incredible punt. Still, the Cincinnati defense couldn’t stop Rush from hitting their receivers on the field when they needed it most. The Cowboys offense managed to get within range and they threw a 50-yard field goal as time expired to win the game 20-17.

The Bengals are now down to 0-2 and sit at the bottom of an AFC North that all lost in Week 2. Fortunately, every other team is only 1-1, but the Bengals missed a realistic chance to be 2-0 down. They must wake up earlier than later.

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