Ugly. Sloppy. Self-destructive. Ineffective. The Bengals seemed to be more bothered by how they lost their first game than by the loss itself.
They had a lot to do with the best start in franchise history finally hitting the wall.
Cincinnati played by far its worst all-around game on Monday night, resulting in a 10-6 loss to the Houston Texans in front of a less-than-capacity crowd at Paul Brown Stadium that was booing in the fourth quarter.
Yep. It was that ugly.
Defensive tackle Domata Peko said the players talked on the field as the clock ran out about how they'd let one slip away. "We can't do that, especially here at home," Peko said.