I never thought I would be saying this but the Cincinnati Bengals will be finishing last in the AFC North this season and in all honesty, I am not sure they win more than one more game. At 5-6, this season is a wash and fans already have their sights on next season. I have been through many bad seasons from Cincinnati, but this one really hurts as we are wasting away a year from our $275,000,000 franchise quarterback who turns 27 in two short weeks. His absence from the game this week did help highlight all the flaws this offense has and just how much he covers up the horrendous offensive schemes.
· Somehow, Cincinnati only gave up 16 points despite giving up 400-plus yards of offense.
· Trayveon Williams continues to be impressive in kick returns and completely flipped the field advantage in Cincinnati’s favor with a 46-yard return.
· Eight carries? What in the world is wrong with our offense. With a backup quarterback, Cincinnati ran nearly everything out of shotgun again and handed the ball to our running back eight times. Unwatchable.
· Up three and in the redzone, Jake Browning threw an awful ball that got picked and later turned into the Steelers taking the lead. Browning had a chance to lead this team to a victory and in all honesty, this pick lost the game.
· The Bengals were 2 of 10 on third downs. No other comment needed here.
· Cincinnati had 15 minutes fewer than Pittsburgh in time of possession and simply couldn’t get a stop when needed.
· Pat Freiermuth had nine receptions for 120 yards. Why does this team struggle so much against tight ends?
· This team is missing speed on offense and could use another weapon on offense that can get vertical down field.
· Cincinnati has failed to ensure that they have a capable second string quarterback, failed to address their tight end issue, and have failed to have a good run game for years.
· Chase Brown, Chris Evans, Trayveon Williams — why do none of them get any snaps? If they aren’t good enough, then why did we get rid of Samaje Perine? If they aren’t capable, then we did a poor job of drafting. If they are capable, then why aren’t they getting any snaps?
· I can’t watch Browning out of shotgun for 95% of the snaps to end the season. I honestly feel bad for the situation he is in.
· I watched the best pash rusher on Earth (TJ Watt) go untouched twice. How does that happen?
· I have tickets to the Colts and Bengals game in a couple weeks and now I feel obligated to attend.
Let’s talk baseball
I never thought I would be wanting to write about baseball in November, yet here I am. With RedsFest approaching this weekend and the Bengals season being practically over, I am already patiently (or impatiently) awaiting March. I expect Cincinnati to have a solid year after our rookies got a year under their belt. Expectations should be high for this ballclub, but there are still some gaps in this roster. Let’s take a look at our current roster projections for the 2024 MLB season!
Current rotation: Hunter Greene, Nick Lodolo, Graham Ashcraft, Andrew Abbott, Brandon Williamson, Connor Phillips.
This team still needs to add to this rotation if they are going to be serious about contending in 2024. The Cardinals are loading up their rotation and we need to follow suit. In reality, this rotation looks good enough to compete, but injuries will happen and we need to have good starter to lean on. While I would love to see Trevor Bauer get reunited with his former team where he won a Cy Young, I think there are more realistic free agents that could join this roster. Cincinnati, spend the money!
Current bullpen: Alexis Diaz, Fernando Cruz, Ian Gibaut, Sam Moll, Alex Young, Casey Legumina, Daniel Duarte.
This bullpen desperately needs two arms added. There are many names out there and Lucas Sims is currently a free agent. AJ Minter, Tommy Kahnle, Paul Sewald, Ryan Pressly and Tanner Scott are some familiar names that are signing with teams or currently on the market.
Current roster status
Catcher: Tyler Stephenson/Luke Maile (let’s hope Stephenson returns to form this season).
Infield: Spencer Steer, Matt McLain, Noelvi Marte, Jonathan India (for now), Christian Encarnacion-Strand, Elly De La Cruz, Jose Barrero (possibly).
Outfield: Will Benson, Stuart Fairchild, Jake Fraley, TJ Friedl, Nick Martini, Rece Hinds, TJ Hopkins and Jacob Hurtubise.
I love the young talent that this team has on the roster, but a power bat is desperately needed. Kyle Schwarber would be a sight to see in Great American Ball Park.
Matthew McAdow is a Peebles resident. He works in human resources in the nuclear industry and has been an avid Cincinnati fan his entire life. He is an Ohio Christian University graduate and has always enjoyed giving an honest opinion on multiple topics regarding Cincinnati sports.