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Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow’s NFL debut came to an end as his team lost 16-13 to the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.
Down three late in the fourth, the No. 1 overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft led the Bengals to a 14-play, 69-yard drive. He got Cincinnati to the 3-yard line and AJ Green for a touchdown, but Bolt was called wideout for a push-out on the corner Heyward.
After an offensive pass interference penalty, Bengals kicker Randy Bullock defended a 31-yard field goal attempt with a seven-second on the field for the game-tie, but he missed the right tackle. The bull injured himself during the attempt and exited the field.
Bolt then rolled the ball and ran away with the win.
Barrow scored the Bengals’ only touchdown on a 23-yard quarterback draw in the first quarter. Charger Bolt running behind Joshua Kelly ran into the final zone from five yards out in the fourth for only TD.
This touchdown helped the Chargers outscore the Bengals 10–0 in their fourth en route to a season-opening win.
Bengals QB Joe Burrow: 23-of-36, 193 passing yards, 0 TDs, 1 INT; 8 carries, 46 rushing yards, 1 TD
Bengals RB Joe Mixon: 19 carries, 69 part yards; 1 reception, 2 yard receiving
Bengals WR AJ Green: 5 receptions, 51 receiving yards
Chargers QB Tyrod Taylor: 16-of-30, 208 passing yards; 6 carry, 7 towing yards
Chargers RB Austin Eckler: 19 carry, 84 towing yards; 1 reception, 3 receiving yards
Chargers RB Joshua Kelly: 12 carries, 60 rushing yards, 1 TD
Buro shows promise in debut
Bengals fans have endured many disappointments throughout the team’s 53-year history, to the point that there may be hollowness to hear of a moral victory, especially when the team was forced from a season-back touchdown to a painful season-opening The loss suffered and the miss-chip-shot field had to be abandoned. aim.
But as ESPN’s Meena Kimes wrote, the Bengals clearly have something special in the burrow:
After completing 23–36 for 193 yards and an interception, the turret’s pedestrian pass statistics won’t wow anyone. But he did quite well on the ground in the first quarter and the stretch in the fourth gave Bengals fans a reason to cheer.
Barrow demonstrated his pace in the first quarter on a designed quarterback draw that led the Bengals to a 23-yard touchdown rush for their first score of the season:
In all, the barrow ended with 46 chariots riding on eight cars. He is not about to morph into Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson and turn in a 1,000-yard season, but the Bengals are signal-caller mobile enough to give some defense witnesses to think about.
It was largely a struggle for Barrow and the Bengals as they managed just two field goals for the rest of the game. Cincinnati couldn’t go much as Birsa threw for only 5.4 yards per attempt. He also launched an overthron ball to a wide open Green in the end zone, forcing the Bengals to field a goal.
However, all of this changed on the final drive as the crook did some magic and drove his team to striking distance.
Starting at his own 18-yard line with three minutes remaining, Barrow led all the way to the 3-yard line, going 8-10 for 70 passing yards in addition to a seven-yard run. The Bengals disdained as the team faced third only once, and a 10-yard pass from Burrow to Tyler Boyd was completed to move the chains.
The drive ended dramatically with a touchdown that wasn’t there and a field goal that was right, but Green was clearly impressed with his new quarterback postgame according to ESPN’s Ben Baby:
However, Barrow gave himself a “D” for his performance:
But with future Pittsburgh Steelers safety and current ESPN analyst Ryan Clarke, as well as Jordan Reed of Draft Network, the future is bright for the Bro and Bengals, offering a compliment:
The game needs to be thrown back quickly as the Bengals face the Cleveland Browns in just four days to kick Weakle 2.
Chargers defense propels Los Angeles to victory
An ugly game that included only two touchdowns was largely the result of a stunning performance from the Bolt defense, led by Joey Bosa, Melvin Ingram III, Jerry Tillery and Casey Hayward Jr.
Bossa, who had three quarterback hits, two tackles for loss, one sack and five tackles, provided energy for the Bolts.
Ingram had only two tackles and a pass breakup on the books, but his fourth-quarter interception with the Bengals in field-goal range and down 16-13 helped LA shut down Cincinnati before the game’s final drive:
Tillary earned two tackles, two quarterback hits and a sack, and second-year pro efforts earned praise from the team posting:
And Hayward was everywhere on Sunday, managing a game-high 12 tackles and two pass breakups.
Overall, the Bengals gained just 295 yards from scrimmage and had two turnovers at the Chargers’ zero. Star Bengals, who brought back Joe Mixon, gained just 3.6 yards per catch, and Bolt held Green and Boyd to a combined nine catches and 84 yards.
This is an encouraging start for a Chargers team that finished 25th in defensive efficiency last year Football outsider.
Bolt would need such a defensive performance to hang on to the AFC West, the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs and a Las Vegas Raiders team that hangs just 34 points over the Carolina Panthers, scoring three Josh Jobs Thanks for the touchdown. Featuring the Denver Broncos offense, potential star signal-caller Drew Lock and a promising young receiving corps can be tough as well.
For now, LA passed his first test as he now advanced to face Kansas City.
What will happen next?
The Chargers will host the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday at 4:25 pm ET. Cincinnati will visit the Cleveland Browns on Thursday at 8:20 pm