The NFL world was buzzing when a black cat Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants early in November. For a time, it appeared that the cat may have brought a curse to any NFL team that has a cat in its nickname.during a game between the
Since the black cat incident, NFL teams with a cat nickname had a combined 0-12 record heading into Week 13.
Before the Bengals won, cat teams were not able to get a tick in the W column.
With their loss on Thanksgiving Day, the Detroit Lions have an 0-4 record with losses to the Chicago Bears (twice), Washington Redskins and Cowboys since the black cat incident. The Lions are also currently playing with their third different starting quarterback this season in the wake of injuries to starter Matthew Stafford and backup Jeff Driskel, which does not help.
In addition, the Carolina Panthers lost again on Sunday, bringing their record to 0-4 since the cat scurried onto the field.
While there likely wasn't any black magic in that famous feline, these teams haven't had the best of luck since that moment.