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There's a lot of work to be done in Cincinnati.
After back-to-back postseason appearances, a major win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football and a stunning comeback victory over the Green Bay Packers, it had appeared the Bengals had arrived.
Cincinnati failed to score a touchdown against Cleveland, and the defense struggled against a backup quarterback. The offensive coaching staff seems lost at times, and it's impossible to tell which Andy Dalton will show up to compete.
There is plenty of season left to turn things around, and a 2-2 mark is not the end of the world, but a common trend is developing once again in Cincinnati—playing down to the competition.
Until the Bengals can defeat teams they are supposed to and play at a high level against the best teams consistently, Cincinnati will continue to hardly make the playoffs, if at all.
No need to panic just yet, but something has to change.
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