The Cincinnati Bengals notched their first win on Sunday over the New York Jets, propelled by a stellar performance from quarterback Joe Burrow. The Bengals offense received the ball to begin the game and promptly marched down the field and scored on a touchdown pass from Burrow to Samaje Perine. This gave Cincinnati momentum to play with a lead that has been absent the previous two games. Burrow’s final drive of the first quarter resulted in a 56-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Boyd as the clock expired. The Bengals defense essentially took it from there and gave another lights-out performance in holding the Jets to four field goals. The pass rush was relentless from defensive end Trey Hendrickson who finished the day with two and a half sacks and two forced fumbles. Joining in on the fun, were linebacker, Logan Wilson and safety, Jessie Bates who both tallied interceptions.
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Burrow looked great both inside and outside the pocket against the Jets. This was largely in part to the Bengals offensive line playing very well and only giving up two sacks. Burrow had time to scan the field and go through his progressions. When pressure did come, he was elusive in creating plays with his feet and kept his eyes downfield. This allowed the Bengals offense to quickly get in a rhythm and dictate their offense to the Jets. If the offensive line can remain consistent moving forward, Burrow should perform at a high level each week.
Back on track.
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Be Like Tee
Even though Burrow spread the ball around to eight different receivers, Tee Higgins stole the spotlight with five catches for 93 yards. The third-year player looks to truly be coming into his own and has shown incredible play-making ability and toughness thus far in 2022. These traits aren’t lost on Burrow who noted after the game, “Tee was awesome, Burrow said. It was great to see him have a game like that because that’s what he’s capable of doing. He’s a big strong guy that we need to get the ball to more and I’m going to say that every single time someone has a big game. TB has a big game, Tee has a big game, Ja’Marr. Just because we have so many guys, I’m not focused in on one guy. We can do a better job of getting everybody the ball. I thought we did great today, just going to keep going like that.” The Bengals will look to build off this momentum in a short week with the Miami Dolphins coming to town for Thursday Night Football.
The Dolphins are bringing their high-powered offense and 3-0 record to Cincinnati. They are currently the talk of the NFL led by quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. He also boasts some of the best playmakers in the league in wide receivers, Jaylen Waddle and Tyreek Hill. The Bengals secondary will be tested early and often and scoring touchdowns will be imperative to victory for both teams. It’s uncertain if Tagovailoa will start after sustaining a possible concussion and back injury against the Buffalo Bills. Cincinnati will be prepared for Teddy Bridgewater just in case as the defense looks to continue their torrid play. The Bengals face a tall task on Thursday, but, with a win, they can get right back in the AFC North race at 2-2. This would give them 10 days off before their divisional Sunday Night game with the Baltimore Ravens.