Bengals offense anemic without Joe Burrow
The Bengals had their worst offensive performance since week five in 2019 as they continued to be anemic moving the football without quarterback Joe Burrow.
The Bengals offense continued to be anemic without quarterback Joe Burrow as they lost on Sunday to the New York Giants 19-17. Led by Brandon Allen at QB, Cincinnati had only 155 yards of offense. That was their lowest output since Pittsburgh held the Bengals to 175 in a 27-3 in 2019 week five victory
The Bengals offense continued to struggle after Joe Burrow suffered a season-ending knee injury last week. Since Burrow tore at least his ACL and MCL in the loss last week to Washington, Cincinnati has averaged about two yards per play. On Sunday the Cincinnati offense averaged 3.37 yards per play.
Allen was the third Bengals QB in as many quarters when the game kicked off against the Giants on Sunday. Allen was efficient completing 17 passes in 29 attempts but for only 136 yards, one touchdown and one interception. The 4.7 yards per attempt Allen averaged on Sunday is worse than all 35 QBs who qualify.
Burrow finished the 2020 season averaging 6.7 YPA which places him in between Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger. Allen was not helped by the Bengals rushing offense. Cincinnati had 15 carries for 40 yards on Sunday. With Joe Mixon on the injured list, Giovanni Bernard had eight carries for 32 yards.
The Bengals are relying too heavily on the pass, especially with Burrow out. In a competitive game, a nearly two to one pass to run ratio is questionable. Cincinnati entered Sunday 21st in rushing attempts and 23 in rushing yards. Those numbers will almost certainly drop after the listless performance against the Giants.
Allen proved he can be efficient. If the Bengals are to win another game this season, they need to be able to move the ball more on offense both passing and rushing. With Burrow there were inconsistencies but promise. Letting Andy Dalton leave in free agency took away any hope on offense with Burrow’s injury.