3 winners and 3 losers from Bengals’ week 15 ugly win vs. Broncos
Bengals Losers from Week 15
Another game, another head-scratching decision from Zac Taylor. This time last week, Bengals nation was up in arms about their head coach not being aggressive enough in an overtime loss to the 49ers. Taylor went on the record after the game stating that not putting the ball in Joe Burrow’s hands was something that would keep him up at night.
This week, Cincinnati was faced with a 3rd-and-9 with two minutes remaining in the game. Would Taylor be aggressive and put the ball in Burrow’s hands or would he run the ball with Samaje Perine (Joe Mixon was injured at the time)?
The answer — Taylor ran it with Perine and the running back didn’t pick up the first down. From there, the Bengals punted and while the defense held, Taylor apparently didn’t learn from his mistakes from a week ago.
Jeez, this was a bad free-agent signing for the Bengals. Trae Waynes has only appeared in three games in the span of two years and when he has played, it hasn’t been good. He got pushed around by Tim Patrick on the Broncos’ lone touchdown and then later was benched in favor of Tre Flowers. Yikes.
Any last hope of Ja’Marr Chase potentially winning Offensive Rookie of the Year was dashed with his recent performance. The first-round pick was nearly invisible in the win, catching just one pass for three yards. He was targeted four times.