It wasn't supposed to be like this for the Bengals. At worst, the experts expected the Bengals to be at least 3-2 entering their bye week.
The Bucs scored 10 points within the last 90 seconds to stun a Bengals team that had seemingly every chance to put away a Bucs team that was beaten throughout the second half.
So why are the Bengals finding ways to choke these games away?
One finger, mainly the entire finger of Cincinnati, is pointing it at Carson Palmer.
Sure, he has had his struggles this season. Palmer has made poor decisions, had dropped passes, and the protection has not been what it was a year ago.
It is not Palmer's fault.
You could also point a finger at the running game, which, until today, has had its struggles.
But no, it is not even Cedric's fault.
Heck, it isn't even Batman and Robin that is tearing this team apart.
The bottom line is that when a team makes as many mistakes, mostly the same mistakes, over and over, you have to point the finger at the coaching staff.
Marvin Lewis and his staff had the entire city of Cincinnati buying into his plan after a rookie head coaching campaign that saw the Bengals contend for a playoff spot all the way up until the final week.
Then in 2005, they had their breakthrough season, and many fans felt the Bengals had arrived.
But alas, it wasn't to be, as the Bungels struggled to go above .500 the majority of the time.
Even after last year, there were people that questioned the way Lewis handled certain situations and questioned whether or not he had any control over the team.
All that can be said thus far into the 2010 season is that the play calling, mistakes, and the losses are making it tough for fans to want to see Lewis return for yet another under- achieving season.
Lewis will not be the guy to take charge of the team. He will not be the coach to bring any discipline, discipline that this squad desperately needs. He will not be the guy who goes to Offensive Coordinator Bob Bratkowski and tell him to stop trying to throw first and run second.
Simply put, if Marvin Lewis is hoping to keep his job in 2011, he is going to have to take some control of this team full of personalities and put his foot down.
It is bad enough we have two WR with their own show during the week, an obese first round pick that can't block a Big Mac, and a 2-3 record with a team that has too much talent to be losing games to the Bucs and Browns.
It is now time for Marvin Lewis to either crap or get off the pot, and surely there are many Bengals fans who feel the same way....