Sunday was a tough one for the Bengals in Baltimore.
Despite the defense having a good performance against Lamar Jackson and the Ravens’ high-powered offense, the offense was a complete disaster as Cincinnati fell 27-3, marking just the second time in the last three seasons they’ve been held to three points or fewer.
Joe Burrow had easily his worst game of his young NFL career, as he completed just 19/30 passes for 183 yards with one pick, two fumbles and seven sacks taken.
It was bad, but it was just one game, and Burrow knows there’s still plenty of season left, so now is not the time to panic.
During his Wednesday meeting with the media, Burrow said he believes everyone outside of the organization is overacting a little too much to what happened Sunday, especially since it came after the offense was starting to click in the previous three games.
Joe Burrow said he learned a lot from Sunday's film, but quick to point out the Bengals were coming off of three straight weeks with at least 300-plus yards passing.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) October 14, 2020
"Everyone (outside the building) is overreacting a little bit right now."
Still stressing no-panic narrative.
While Burrow is correct that it’s still too early to panic about the direction of this team, this is the beginning of a very brutal stretch for the Bengals. Their next four games are against the Colts, Titans, Browns and Steelers, who are a combined 15-3. If you include the Ravens, this is a stretch of games against teams with a combined 19-4 mark.
The good news is the most beatable team of that bunch is likely the Colts, who are 3-2 and have had their own offensive issues, as they’re currently ranked 23rd in total offense compared to 26th for the Bengals.
Let’s hope whatever happens this Sunday provides a lot more hope for this team than last week did.