The Cincinnati Bengals and Joe Burrow lost against Cleveland Browns on Thursday Night Football, 30-35, posting the second consecutive loss.
Now that might be something usual for the Bengals’ franchise, as they got used to disappointments in the past. But for the young No.1 pick from this year’s NFL draft, who won the NCAA last year, this is a completely new experience.
And he doesn’t like it.
“Just losing. Losing isn’t very fun. This may be the first time in my sporting career I’ve lost two games in a row… Losing is unacceptable,” said Burrow after the match.
And if Bengals had one player with his mindset and motive to play, they could have won tonight. Burrow was doing everything in his power to move the Bengals, trying to find various ways to include his teammates in action. He would often make mistakes, rookie ones, but the 23-year old didn’t want to stop or slow down.
The rest of the team looked a bit inferior compared to their young leader, who was suffering a lot of beating and was constantly under pressure. In the end, he had 316 yards, three TD passes, completing 37 of his 61 passing attempts, the second-most in history for a rook.
On the other side, the Browns had two guys who tore Bengals’ defense into pieces. Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt are bidding for the title of the best RB duo in the league, and if they continue to play like tonight, that honor won’t be far.
These two guys combined for four scores and were unstoppable for the guests. Their contribution was not only in delivering TD passes but also in getting first downs when things got rough for Baker Mayfield, who had a solid game.
Browns run game TOOK over 😳
Chubb: 22 CAR | 124 yards | 2 TDs
Hunt: 10 CAR | 86 yards | 1 TD
Best RB duo in the NFL? pic.twitter.com/oMAyfy0HLJ
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 18, 2020
In the late stage of the game, once Browns had a solid lead, these two guys were running the clock down with constant running, but also won yards.
In the end, Chubb had 124 yards in 22 snaps, and both of his TDs were on the ground. Hunt had a more diversified game, 10 carries for 86 yards and a TD and two receptions for 15 yards and a TD.
“They’re two talented backs that complement each other and push each other. We’re gonna look for ways to get those guys to rock,” Browns’ head coach Stefanski told after the game.
Baker Mayfield again threw an interception, but overall, he was solid in tonight’s match. Two TD passes, 219 yards, and 16 completions in his 23 passes are not too bad for him. We need to say that the offensive line did a good job of protecting him.
The first TD of the game was his 43-yarder to Odell Beckham Jr., who ended the game with 74 yards in four catches. That is the moment when Cleveland took a 7-3 lead, and the hosts never looked back again. Until the halftime, it was 21-13 for them, and the only quarter that Bengals won was the last one, 14-7, but they didn’t have any time to make a comeback.
Joe Mixon had just 46 yards on 16 carries, and the entire Bengals’ side recorded 68. Tyler Boyd, CJ Uzomah, and Mick Thomas had TDs for the franchise from Cincinnati.
They are going to Philadelphia to face the Eagles next week, and after that, head back home to play against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Meanwhile, Washington is the next opponent coming to Cleveland. Following that event, the Browns play against the Cowboys on the road.
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