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How Joe Burrow divided up the targets in Week 7

Burrow relied heavily on his two star receivers in what may’ve been the best game of his young career.

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The Cincinnati Bengals lost a heart-breaking game against the Cleveland Browns. While they didn’t come away with a win, rookie quarterback Joe Burrow was absolutely electric, notching over 400 yards.

It was Burrow’s first 400-yard performance of his career. Burrow’s only negative point was a first-quarter interception. He made up with that later in the game as he ended with three touchdown passes.

Cincinnati eventually lost 37-34. They are now 1-5-1.

That said, the defense may not have had a great day, but Burrow’s receivers did.

Tyler Boyd, who had a touchdown reception, was the only one that ended with over 100 receiving yards. Boyd did that on 13 targets, tied for the most on the team. He was tied with Green, who ended with seven receptions and 82 yards.

After those two that both had 13 targets, it was Higgins who had five receptions, securing all five of his targets. His five receptions were tied for third-most on the team with Drew Sample and Giovani Bernard.

Bernard had just five targets as Mixon was ruled out earlier in the week, but Sample saw the third-most targets for Cincinnati, having just one more than Higgins. Sample has really come on lately as the team’s top receiving option at tight end. This was his third game this season with five or more targets.

As for Green and Boyd, they’ve been consistently the two top targets for Burrow.

Each have had 13 targets in a game this season, just not at the same time. As for Higgins, this was his lowest amount of targets he’s seen since Week 1, showcasing just how consistent of a threat he’s also become.

That said, below is a full list of how the target share was distributed on Sunday.

  • A.J. Green: 13
  • Tyler Boyd: 13
  • Drew Sample: 6
  • Tee Higgins: 5
  • Giovani Bernard: 5
  • Mike Thomas: 3
  • Samaje Perine: 1
  • Auden Tate: 1