No Bengals team has been so bad on offense to start a season. Not many in the history of the NFL, either.
Cincinnati failed to get into the end zone again — make it 25 possessions and counting — during a 13-9 loss to the Houston Texans on Thursday night. Despite an offense that has all its playmakers healthy, the Bengals are going nowhere.
“I am shocked,” coach Marvin Lewis said.
The Bengals lost to the Baltimore Ravens 20-0 on Sunday, the first time in their 50 seasons that they were shut out in a home opener. They managed only three field goals Thursday.
They became the first NFL team since the 1939 Eagles to open a season with two home games and fail to get in the end zone, according to information from the Elias Sports Bureau shared by ESPN.
“Very surprised,” receiver A.J. Green said. “We practice well, but when it comes to the game, we’re out of character. I don’t know what we’re doing out there.”
The 1949 Packers were the last team to play its first two games at home and score nine or fewer points combined, according to NFL Research.
They appeared to have a touchdown in the third quarter — Andy Dalton found Tyler Eifert alone in the end zone — but the tight end had stepped out of bounds before making the catch, nullifying it. Cincinnati settled for another…