Another week, another back-breaking loss for the Cincinnati Bengals
The Cincinnati Bengals lose yet another close game against the Cleveland Browns despite a stellar performance from Joe Burrow.
The Cincinnati Bengals simply cannot find a way to come out on top in a close contest. After a year and a half of struggling to close out games, Zac Taylor’s squad continued their losing ways in a 37-34 loss to the Cleveland Browns. The club moves to 1-5-1 on the season.
In a back and forth AFC North brawl, rookie signal-caller Joe Burrow played well enough to win the game. A depleted Browns secondary simply had no answer for the LSU product, who threw for over 400 yards and two touchdowns in addition to rushing for another score.
Unfortunately for the orange and black faithful, the defense again struggled to make plays when it counted most. A semi-injured Baker Mayfield picked on cornerback Darius Philips to punch the ball in with just seconds left in the game.
Joe Burrow was slinging it behind a battered Bengals offensive line
In a lost season for the Bengals, there aren’t many aspects to feel good about for the organization. However, Joe Burrow’s performance behind a battered offensive line once again confirms Cincinnati has its franchise quarterback.
Both left tackle Jonah Williams and center Trey Hopkins, the two best players on a floundering unit, left the game early due to injury. Their absence seemingly had little impact on Burrow, who was surgical against the Browns’ secondary.
Burrow’s wide receiver corps. certainly made him look even better too. A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd, Tee Higgins, Drew Sample, and Giovani Bernard all broke numerous tackles to kept the chains moving. It just wasn’t enough to overcome the defense surrendering 37 points.
As Taylor and the rest of the coaching staff attempt to figure out how to win the close contests, they’ll have to begin preparation for a very well-coached Titans team. The defense will once again have its hands full with a Derick Henry led opposing offense.