The Cincinnati Bengals get their first win on the road over the New York Jets, 27-12. Some good takeaways from the game were the passing game, and getting the receivers involved. However, injuries to the defense were a negative takeaway.
Joe Burrow looked fantastic against the Jets. Having 275 passing yards, was 23-of-36 on attempts, had three touchdowns, and a 114.9 rating. Burrow was only sacked twice, but did take some big hits throughout the game. A good thing to note is Burrow was seeing his receivers open, unlike last week. Even the protection was much better. The passing game was on fire today thanks to Tyler Boyd, Tee Higgins, and Ja’Marr Chase. Boyd had 105 yards, and one touchdown. Higgins had 93 yards, and came back into the game after taking a huge hit to the head. Chase may have only had 29 yards, but he also had a touchdown. Even though the run game wasn’t really grooving, the Bengals were able to pick apart the Jets defense through the passing game, which had been an issue the past two weeks. It’s a good thing to see the bounce back from Joe Burrow, and even though he was hit a lot throughout the game, Burrow did not let the pressure affect him.
The Bengals defense was on a mission today. After letting Cooper Rush and company run all over them last week, the Bengals forced four turnovers, two fumbles, and two interceptions. Even though he got hurt in the second half, Trey Hendrickson had 2.5 sacks, with two forced fumbles on Joe Flacco. Logan Wilson and Jessie Bates had one interception each, with Bates having the game ending one. However, the defense did lose D.J. Reader to a knee injury in the first half. Depending on how severe Reader’s injury is, the Bengals pass rush could be losing a dangerous player. The defense only allowed 76 rushing yards, which is definitely a huge plus compared to last week. The defense will undoubtedly have to be on their game for next week when they face the Miami Dolphins.
Onto Next Week
After a much-needed win, the Bengals will have to face the 3-0 Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins just took down the Buffalo Bills, and Tua Tagovailoa has been on fire the past two weeks. I do think it’ll be a shootout between the two teams, but the Bengals defense does have familiarity against Tyreek Hill. I’m sure the offense will be looking to replicate the same energy they had against the Jets because the Dolphins defense is also pretty solid. Both sides of the ball will have to be on their game Thursday, and in front of a home crowd, the motivation should be on Cincinnati’s side.