As I write this, days after last week’s game, I am still fuming after the Bengals made a mockery of the NFL. As you read this, probably at the end of the week, I’m still extremely angry. Do you want to know why? No? I don’t care. Here’s my rant.
Before Sunday, did Ndamukong Suh and Javon Wims get traded from Tampa to Cinci? They didn’t get traded, but the Bengals made their best impression of the two less than clean players. From picking fights, targeting, and stomping ankles, I would say they did a pretty good job.
Let’s first start with the picking of fights. After a pass to the sideline, Tyler Boyd and Xavien Howard got into an argument. What they talked about is impossible to know, but I’m sure they didn’t chat about plans after the game. After Tyler Boyd initiated the argument with Xavien and Byron Jones on the sideline, Howard merely pushed Boyd away with a single hand. Should Xavien have been tossed? NO! What about Boyd? Also no! The Dolphins should have gotten a 15-yard penalty for the “fight,” but they didn’t (the Bengals did). Jay Morrison said it best on Twitter when he said, “Is Xavien Howard, the first player in NFL history to be ejected without being penalized?”
Next, shall we cover the atrocity that Jakeem Grant had to endure? The punt returner on two separate occasions was targeted even before he was able to catch the ball. The ball on both occasions was a good 7 yards away from being in his hands when he was illegally hit. On the second hit, he was left on the turf, injured. After the second hit while, Grant lay on the turf a bench-clearing brawl ensued. Even Brian Flores went to the Cincinnati bench to give “them dirty Bengals” a piece of his mind. How could he not win Coach of the Year?!
To conclude the Bengals are dirty, the refs are idiots and Brian Flores is the G.O.A.T. So watch the Bengals this week closely as they play the Cowboys because they might target some more ankles or try and take out Ceedee Lamb.