Cincinnati Bengals: 3 stats vs. Browns in Week 9 that were inexcusable
Cincinnati Bengals Inexcusable Stats
1. Joe Burrow’s 2 INTs
We already went into detail about Joe Burrow’s interceptions and how they happened. With his two picks in this game, Burrow now has an interception in five straight games and that’s always going to make it tough to win.
Fortunately, the picks — sans the Bears game — really haven’t come to bite the Bengals in the butt until this week.
His first interception — the pick-six to Ward — gave the Browns a 7-0 lead before the Cleveland offense even took the field. That can’t happen in key matchups like these and Burrow stared down Chase in the end zone, which Ward picked up on and made the second-year signal-caller pay in the harshest way possible.
The second interception was off of a tipped pass but that’s exactly what took place last week against the Jets. Burrow now leads the league in interceptions with 11, which is a really ugly number in that column. In past games, he’s made up for it with touchdowns but he failed to find the end zone in this blowout loss (though, to be fair, Chase dropped what should have been a touchdown).
Burrow is still the right man for the job in Cincinnati but the interceptions are now an issue for him. Until he shows he can take care of the football properly, fans are always going to worry about him turning it over in critical situations.
These three stats were inexcusable and helped aid the Bengals in their 41-16 blowout loss to the Browns. Cincinnati is now 5-4 entering their Week 10 BYE and have a lot to work on before their Week 11 date with the Raiders in Las Vegas.