Cincinnati Bengals: Winners and losers from Week 9 vs Browns

Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images) /
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Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals
Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images) /

Loser: Joe Burrow

Joe Burrow had his first bad game of the 2021 season and boy, it was bad. For the first time this season, Burrow failed to throw a touchdown pass, but instead, tossed two interceptions on the afternoon.

It was a sloppy outing from Burrow, as the former No. 1 overall pick finished with a stat line of 28-of-40 for 282 yards and two interceptions while getting sacked five times. There were times when Burrow held onto the football too long or just made bad decisions and it led to the offense scoring just 16 points.

Burrow was due for a bad game at some point this season but it came at a bad time. He was even benched by the fourth quarter because there was no need to have Burrow in there at that point. Just a rough, rough game for Joey Franchise.

Loser: Zac Taylor

After leading this team to a 5-2 record and finding his seat cooling off significantly, Zac Taylor is right back into the hot seat category after two bad losses. Losing to the Jets was the start of this downward spiral but getting their teeth kicked in by a division rival is only going to make things worse.

Taylor deserves any kind of criticism thrown his way for the next two weeks. If the Bengals drop to 5-5 following the BYE after such a red hot start, don’t be surprised if the head coach is looking for a new job.