Bengals: Winners and losers from Week 5 overtime loss to Packers

Leigh Oleszczak
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Cincinnati Bengals Losers

Tyler Boyd

Where was Tyler Boyd on Sunday? The wide receiver had such a good game last week in Jacksonville so it was frustrating to see him largely ignored throughout this one.

Boyd was targeted five times and came up with four catches for 24 yards. He’s such a talented player and good things happen when Burrow targets him, so it was a bummer not to see him involved more.

Drew Sample

It’s a pretty safe assumption at this point that Drew Sample won’t be the TE1 of the Cincinnati Bengals moving forward. He’s been a non-factor through the first five games of the 2021 season and C.J. Uzomah is definitely the more dependable player at the position (just look at his performance last week).

Sample was targeted four times in this game but only managed to net two catches for nine yards including a bad play where he had an easy first down but tripped and didn’t get to the marker. It was another disappointing performance from the former Washington Huskies tight end, to say the least.

Evan McPherson

I hate to do this, trust me, but Evan McPherson has a job in the NFL and that’s to make kicks. The kid has been clutch through the first four games of his career but Sunday was a bad day for the Florida kicker.

McPherson knocked through both extra-point attempts but missed both field-goal attempts. Connecting on either of those would have won the game for his team.

This kid is proving to be a special talent at the kicker spot and he’s the reason the Bengals won against the Vikings and Jaguars. But, on the other side of the coin, he’s part of the reason this team lost to Green Bay. He’s going to make mistakes and that’s okay. It’s the nature of being a kicker in the NFL.

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Who were your winners and losers from the overtime loss to Green Bay?