Bengals Can Win in Primetime
Last, but not certainly least, I want to discuss the fight this team had in them.
This was a big game for Cincinnati. It was the Ring of Honor night, the game was on primetime (Cincinnati’s only primetime tilt of the year), and Joe Burrow was facing Trevor Lawrence again for the first time since the 2019 National Championship Game. All of the pieces were there for the crowd to be amped up.
When Jacksonville stormed down the field and scored on two of their first four drives while the Bengals failed to do much of anything, it was demoralizing. Once again, this team looked like a group that couldn’t hack it under the lights of primetime television and it was a crushing feeling.
There’s a reason the game has four quarters, however, and that’s because any team can come back at any given time. Yes, even the Bengals!
Cincinnati had four offensive possessions in the second half and scored points on every single one of them. That was enough to give them the win, moving them to 3-1 on the year.
Bengals teams of seasons past probably would have thrown in the towel after falling behind 14-0 but Joe Burrow said it best on the post-game show — This team isn’t like last year’s. These Bengals are different.
After that 24-21 victory, the Bengals now get a long week off to rest up before their Week 5 date with the Green Bay Packers.