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The more things seem to change for the Cincinnati Bengals, the more things seem to remain the same.
Check out your local Cincinnati Bengals fan this week. All five are in pain after this sequence.
After letting the Los Angeles Chargers score 24 unanswered points, the Bengals were finally able to drive the field and put the ball in the goal zone. When Zac Taylor saw the opportunity to play a game with two possessions and not a game with three possessions, Zac Taylor sent Joe Burrow and the Bengals’ attack out for two points.
This decision was not made quickly and ended up draining the game clock, forcing the Bengals to take a timeout to avoid a delay in the game.
Then things get very Bengali as the attack gets back on the field after the timeout with only 15 seconds left on the game. They rush to the line, Burrow spends far too much time correcting the coverage, and the Bengals still end up taking a delay in the game’s penalty.
This cost the Bengals a timeout, a shot at cutting the lead to two possessions, and to add insult to injury, the five yards probably had a hand in the kicker who missed the extra point attempt,
The Bengals are making it very difficult for themselves against the Chargers
Since this event circus, the Bengals have actually scored another touchdown and secured an interception to prevent the Chargers from scoring before the break. The Bengals also receive the opening kickoff of the second half, allowing the Bengals to cut the Chargers’ lead, which was 24-0 just 10 minutes before, to one goal.
This game was built on the Justin Herbert and Joe Burrow matchup, and where it gave a good narrative, it has not been a good comparison in action. Joe Burrow is 12-of-17 for 142 yards and a touchdown, which is not bad but looks like peanuts compared to Justin Herberts 17-of-23 for 232 yards and three touchdowns, all in the first half.