November record: 0-3
The poor, poor Cincinnati Bengals completed another month without a win. Before their win vs. the New York Jets on December 1st, the team was 0-11 and looked dead in the water. They did finally get a win, but I’m sorry Bengals fans… you still went winless in November.
What’s going on with this team? They weren’t supposed to be this bad headed into the 2019 season. Were they expected to compete for the AFC North crown? No, but the team had the talent to fight for perhaps a .500 record. Instead, Cincinnati has been helpless.
The big headline from the month of November for the Bengals was the surprising benching of quarterback Andy Dalton in favor of rookie Ryan Finley. Dalton actually didn’t play any football in the month of November… Finley responded by throwing two interceptions to just two touchdown passes. Not great, coach!
Head coach Zac Taylor has to be hoping the team takes a quarterback in the 2020 NFL Draft. With guys like Joe Burrow available, it makes sense to bring him in to compete in the AFC North again. No matter what they decide to do, the team has to figure out their quarterback situation heading into 2020. Dalton is unlikely to be back and Finley has proven he’s not the answer.
Quarterback is the top priority for the team this offseason, but evaluating this roster and moving on from certain players is also near the top of their to-do list. At this point in 2019, the Cincinnati Bengals can already start prepping for next season.