Ben BabySep 26, 2023, 00:00 ETReading: 4 min.
Ciro Procuna does not see the Bengals going far in the season
Despite the victory against the Rams, our expert considers that Cincinnati’s team is short with a view to the playoffs.
The offense was supported by a defense that manhandled Stafford all night in Cincinnati
Cincinnati — Los Bengals they did not make a masterpiece against Los Angeles Rams in it Monday Night Footballbut they did enough to score and win 19-16, their first victory of the 2023 season of the NFL.
Los Bengals they kept the Rams out of the end zone for the first 58 minutes or more, with the quarterback Joe Burrow and the offense doing just enough to complement the other side’s effort.
The MNF was about whether Cincinnati Bengals They had the stamina to be championship contenders.
Bengals defense stopped the Rams and allowed the victory in Cincinnati.Getty
If they wanted to avoid starting the season in a gaping hole, they needed to beat Los Angeles Rams with the quarterback Joe Burrow playing with a right calf injury. That’s exactly what they did. Bengals against the Ramsshowing the same type of determination he has shown in the playoffs the last two seasons.
Despite a rocky start that included some booing from the home crowd, the team’s offensive Bengals got going and Burrow did enough to sustain drives and score points. The defense, which at times was destroyed, pressured the quarterback of the Rams, Matthew Stafford, in key points, forced two big turnovers and kept The Angels out of the end zone until the final moments.
Winning the AFC North for the third straight year will be a challenge after the Bengals They lost two division games. But the primetime victory in the Paycor Stadium (and the improvement of Burrow’s condition) gives the Bengals the hope that your lofty goals are achievable.
The game in two words: Ugly victory. It wasn’t pretty, but any team that starts 0-2 won’t apologize for getting its first win of the season.
Spectacular performance: After a week in which he expressed displeasure with the lack of action, specifically the lack of deep passes, Ja’Marr Chase had his biggest game of the season, crossing 100 passing yards in the third quarter after a 43-yard reception. Earlier in the week, Chase and offensive coordinator Brian Callahan had a conversation to discuss his role in the offense. The Bengals They trusted Chase to boost their season and he delivered.
Fundamental game: a losing team can always benefit from a little luck. And that’s exactly what they received. Bengals at the beginning of the game when the wide receiver of the Rams, Tutu Atwell, A score was disallowed when replay showed he had left the field. He kept the Bengals from facing an early deficit and gave the offense the time it needed to find a rhythm and score the TD, which happened in the third quarter when Joe Mixon scored on a 14-yard run.
QB Breakdown: Early in the game, it seemed like Burrow playing injured wasn’t worth the risk. He got the ball out quickly and wasn’t carrying the ball down the field. But just like Week 2, he seemed to calm down during the second half. Burrow seemed more comfortable on the move, whether in the designed rollout that set up Chase’s big catch or trying to evade pressure. It was the gutsy performance the Bengals needed to avoid a feared 0-3 start.
Next match: vs Titans
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