Yes, I know the Cincinnati Bengals are 0-3. I know that many people are calling for them to give up, tank and select a quarterback at the top of next year’s loaded quarterback draft class. But, I think it is a little bit too soon to wave the white flag on the 2019 season in Cincinnati.
The Bengals have lost two very close games that could have swung either way and have sustained one seemingly outlying blowout defeat all to teams that have playoff aspirations. Their schedule and their luck have not been kind to them whatsoever. They have a chance to give some life to their season and to the fan-base if they are able to take down the Pittsburgh Steelers in primetime.
The entire Andy Dalton era has been marked by disappointment under the bright lights of primetime and an inability to beat Cincinnati’s most hated rival, the Steelers. Now, in a low stakes game against a winless Steelers team without Ben Roethlisberger, Dalton and the Bengals have an opportunity to put together a much-needed win that would actually put Cincinnati just a game back in the AFC North standings, which seems impossible considering how bleak the season looks at the moment.
A win against Pittsburgh could provide a spark in this team for when it comes back home to host the lowly Arizona Cardinals. If they can get to 2-3 by the time they have to play Baltimore that all of the sudden becomes a meaningful game.
I know Bengals fans have pretty much thrown in the towel on the season, but let’s not do so prematurely. Beating Pittsburgh could redirect this season a bit. And if it doesn’t propel the Bengals to a win streak, oh well. At least beat the Steelers. It’s about time.