The Cincinnati Bengals are an NFL franchise that has become known for mediocre, at best, performances and decision making. They have had a tough go of it in recent history, even fueling jokes that the Ohio State Buckeyes may be the best football team in the state of Ohio.
They certainly did themselves no favors back in 2000 either, when they decided they should punt the ball from their opponent's 24-yard line, rather than going for a scoring opportunity.
Down by 14 points in the fourth quarter, the Bengals decided that punting would be the team's smartest course of action. However, that wasn't enough, so they first disguised it as a field goal.
Lining up in a punt formation would have given the punter a cleaner kick with protection, in case something went wrong. Instead, they risked disaster by running the fake field goal.
Luckily, it was a perfect punt, with the ball clearly going out of bounds at the 1-yard line. It's always good to have faith in your defense, but this decision was a head-scratcher.
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