It’s always impressive when a defensive player in the NFL manages to record a touchdown, but when a player on defense leads the team in touchdowns over the final three games–it’s kind of embarrassing. For Leon Hall and the Cincinnati Bengals–that unfortunately happens to be the case.
For the second time in three games, the Bengals failed to score an offensive touchdown during their 19-13 loss to the Houston Texans during Wild Card Weekend–with their only touchdown of the game coming in the second quarter when Hall intercepted Matt Schaub The only time Cincinnati’s offense reached the end zone over the final three weeks–including playoffs–came in their regular-season finale against the Baltimore Ravens in which Andy Dalton connected with Marvin Jones for an 11-yard touchdown catch.
Considering the Bengals were arguably one of the hottest teams in the second half of the regular season as they won seven of their final eight games–this is completely unacceptable.
Dalton and A.J. Green seemed to pick up right where they left off in their second year as they connected 97 times for 1,350 yards and 11 touchdowns during the regular season. In fact, the argument can be made that Green developed into one of the league’s most dangerous wide receivers–so finding the end zone once on offense over the final three games is just sad on their end.
Saturday’s game against the Texans was one of those games the Bengals will look back to the entire offseason considering they could have easily won and advanced to the Divisional Round of the playoffs if the offense just found the end zone even once. There were numerous reasons behind Cincinnati’s loss, but nothing sticks out more than Hall’s interception being the only touchdown of the game–giving him the lead for the team over the final three games of the season with two after returning an interception for a touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 16.
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