Well here we are again. We are Bengals fans looking back at how Cincinnati managed to lose another game.
On a positive note, we did get to watch one heck of a game. Joe Burrow also had the best game of his career, and he led a game-winning drive (and we will forget what happened in the minute after that). Here are the best of the reactions to this game from those fans and media who had to sit through it and endure that.
Battle of blunders
The Bengals and Browns started off the Battle of Ohio very much on brand. Both sides had a number of turnovers, and it seemed like it was setting up to be one of those games that was going to come down to who shoots themselves in the foot the least. It was a start that would’ve had Football Follies halfway through a highlight reel.
BJ Goodson is already having a phenomenal year for the Browns and starts the day with an interception on Joe Burrow. pic.twitter.com/r3bawNnsRL— Austin Pendergist (@apthirteen) October 25, 2020
That's frustrating. The Bengals had some real momentum. At least the Browns get the ball backed up.— Nick Manchester (@NickManchester9) October 25, 2020
I don't care what RB is available, or not available....if you go shotgun and throw on 1st and goal at the two you deserve that outcome. What. The. Hell— Lance McAlister (@LanceMcAlister) October 25, 2020
Tyler Boyd was running all alone for what would have been an easy touchdown but Denzel Ward gets a tip on the ball for a pick.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) October 25, 2020
That's an easy 7 off the board.
(Obviously, noted for later)
Darius Phillips with the pick -- Bengals have 1st down from the Browns 24. pic.twitter.com/hS3ItHa4QI— Josh Kirkendall (@Josh_Kirkendall) October 25, 2020
Hell of a pick by Darius Phillips showing off his playmaking ability on the deep ball.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) October 25, 2020
Turned his head at the last possible instant and snagged it. That's the Phillips we saw with four picks in 108 snaps last season.
Darius Phillips loves Baker Mayfield.— Rebecca Toback (@Rebecca_Toback) October 25, 2020
Let’s go!!!! DP go crazy!!!— Dj Reader (@Djread98) October 25, 2020
DP!!!!!!!— ⚡️Primetime!!!⚡️ (@Joe_MainMixon) October 25, 2020
Myles Garrett records his second sack fumble on Joe Burrow. #Bengals— Tyler Dragon (@TheTylerDragon) October 25, 2020
Burrow just needs to take that sack. Its hindsight, but nothing good was going to come from that.— Patrick Judis (@PatrickJudis) October 25, 2020
It was actually Bobby Hart. I apologize for the undue Hopkins slander— Nick Manchester (@NickManchester9) October 25, 2020
Loss of protection
Before halftime, the Bengals lost both Jonah Williams and Trey Hopkins to injury. Both players are arguably their best offensive linemen. That naturally gets a response from Cincinnati fans who are already concerned about keeping Burrow upright for as long as possible.
Bobby Hart is the best OL currently on the field for the Bengals lol https://t.co/G8OJy9FLdP— Jake (@Jake_NFL) October 25, 2020
To update:— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) October 25, 2020
LT Fred Johnson
LG Michael Jordan
C Billy Price
RG Alex Redmond
RT Bobby Hart
Burrow overcoming adversity
During a two-minute drill, Burrow and the offense was faced with several plays that put them behind schedule. The rookie was able to make plays to overcome each of these plays. Ultimately, Cincinnati finished off the drive with a touchdown and no time left on the clock to do anything meaningful before the half ended. It is really a testament to how good Burrow can be, and it ended with just an outstanding throw.
shut up about the arm strength jake you idiot— Jake (@Jake_NFL) October 25, 2020
My lawd that was a— ⚡️Primetime!!!⚡️ (@Joe_MainMixon) October 25, 2020
Can we talk about Joe Burrow with two backup linemen coming in and leading a two-minute drill throwing the ball all over the yard.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) October 25, 2020
It needs to be reminded, he's supposed to be a rookie.
Tyler Boyd boxed out Karl Joseph on that catch. #Bengals— Tyler Dragon (@TheTylerDragon) October 25, 2020
That Burrow bounce back on full display that drive.— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonATH) October 25, 2020
Big play to Gio negated by Higgins penalty, throws first down to A.J. next play.
Sacked on first and goal. Hits Boyd for TD on next play.#Bengals regain lead.
I know the “we’re this close” stuff is getting old.— Jeremy Rauch (@FOX19Jeremy) October 25, 2020
We are seeing more and more glimpses of something special in Cincinnati. #Bengals
Burrow to Tee Higgins; Get used to it
We’ve known that Burrow has been well worth the first overall pick from this past draft, but recently his connection with fellow rookie Tee Higgins has been heating up as of late. It seemed to hit a pinnacle as Higgins had a fantastic run after a catch in the fourth quarter that gave the Bengals a momentary lead.
Bengals lead 27-24 with 8:45 remaining in the game!!— Josh Kirkendall (@Josh_Kirkendall) October 25, 2020
Tee Higgins is a stud, BTW pic.twitter.com/U3nHApZWBu
I think this Joe-Tee connection is going to be pretty good for a long time. Just a hunch.— Chris Roling (@Chris_Roling) October 25, 2020
Imma sayyyyy it again stopppppp playing with himmmm @teehiggins5— Dj Reader (@Djread98) October 25, 2020
Money drive by the Bengals' offense. Gifted second life after the dropped pick, but they took advantage.— Andre Perrotta (@andreperrotta13) October 25, 2020
Again, good teams overcome bad officiating.— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) October 25, 2020
Burrow hits Tee Higgins for a 16-yard TD. Bengals up with 8:45 left.
The Bengals found a new way to absolutely blow a win again. This week the offense at least did its part at the end of the game. Burrow put together a clutch drive that ended in a touchdown. The only problem is the they left over a minute on the clock with the Browns getting ready to work against a Bengals’ defense that proved to be a major issue after the first quarter.
The defense proceeded to not only allow Cleveland to get immediately in range for a game-tying field goal, but they allowed Mayfield to fire one into the end zone for the game-winner instead with 11 seconds left to play. It was just an absolute blown game by the defense who couldn’t get pressure on Mayfield, and that turned a guy who was struggling into one of the best quarterbacks of the week. The question has to become how long this can continue to happen.
Hell yeah joe!— Dj Reader (@Djread98) October 25, 2020
Joe Burrow has his first 400-yard passing game of his career.— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) October 25, 2020
QB draw on 3rd and a mile and they get it.— Dawgs By Nature (@DawgsByNature) October 25, 2020
This defense sucks in ways that cant be described in English.
The Joe Burrow design draw on third and 11 and he dives into two Browns for the first down.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) October 25, 2020
He's not hard to like if you are a Bengals fan. Or football fan. Or have a pulse.
Almost casual 406 passing yards with three scores for Burrow. Filthy.— Chris Roling (@Chris_Roling) October 25, 2020
Zac Taylor and Joe Burrow are having a “maybe this could work” kind of game. #Bengals— Jeremy Rauch (@FOX19Jeremy) October 25, 2020
Then came the play
Phillips in good position, but when he turns he creates space for the WR— Matt Minich (@CoachMinich) October 25, 2020
Gotta play the ball through the hands pic.twitter.com/UFOcVsK7MP
Inexcusable for the Browns to drive 75 yards in less than 1:10 and with no TOs for the game winning TD. Yes, Bengals down their starting CBs, but the Browns were playing without OBJ for nearly the entire game. That drive simply cannot happen.— Andre Perrotta (@andreperrotta13) October 25, 2020
Wow... I’m at a loss.— Marisa Contipelli (@BengalsMarisa) October 25, 2020
Unbelievable— Willie Anderson (@BigWillie7179) October 25, 2020
I thought Darius Phillips caught that at first. It passed a foot over his helmet.— Jake (@Jake_NFL) October 25, 2020
This passing defense is miserable. Baker sucks, and they made him look like a stud. Again. Credit to him for some great throws I guess, but good lord.
I've said this before, but Lou Anarumo needs to go, and if Zac Taylor doesn't realize it then he needs to go too— Nick Manchester (@NickManchester9) October 25, 2020
Bengals defense -- and all its big talkers -- failed to show up for all 4 quarters.— Rebecca Toback (@Rebecca_Toback) October 25, 2020