Halloween couldn’t have gone any worse for the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Bengals looked as bad as they have since Joe Burrow arrived in Cincinnati in 2020 on Monday night in a 32-13 loss to the Cleveland Browns.

Cincy was shut out for the first three quarters against Cleveland. By the time they were able to put some points on the board in the fourth quarter, the game was effectively over.

Despite the ugly loss, I don’t think there’s any reason for Bengals fans to be freaking out.

Not every loss is a big storyline. Sometimes a tough loss is just a loss. And I think that was the case on Monday night.

For whatever reason, the Browns just seem to have the Bengals’ number.

Cincinnati’s struggles against Cleveland combined with the absence of star wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase created a perfect storm of problems for the Bengals on Monday night.

And because of that, it just simply wasn’t Cincinnati’s night. That’s really all I believe that loss to the Browns was for the Bengals. They don’t need to make sweeping changes or do anything drastic. They just have to get back to work and get better at executing (lack of execution was the biggest problem on Monday night).

Cincinnati obviously isn’t close to where they want to be. But it’s important to remember that this season is a journey. What really matters is the playoffs. That’s when the Bengals want to peak, not midseason.

Don’t worry about Burrow and Cincinnati. They’ll be right in the thick of things come playoff time. And this disastrous Monday night loss to the Browns will be a distant memory.

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