The Cincinnati Bengals entered the fourth quarter with a lead for the second straight week. This time, they took it the distance, winning 33-25.
After entering halftime down 13-10, the Bengals came out on fire, holding the Jags scoreless in the third quarter while scoring 17 of their points. Scoring on all three of their drives, the Bengals took a commanding lead, and this time, they didn’t look back.
Cincinnati was once again led by Joe Burrow’s stellar performance. The rookie came out swinging, throwing 36 passes and completing 25, down from his rookie-record of 37 completions in the team’s Week 2 loss to Cleveland.
That said, where did all 36 of those targets go?
After the first week you would’ve assumed they were mainly to A.J. Green.
However, since that opening-season loss to the Chargers, Tyler Boyd has been Burrow’s favorite target. That didn’t change in Week 4, as they connected seven times. Boyd had 10 receptions and over 120 yards in the team’s Week 3 tie.
Boyd had a team-high eight targets and a team-high seven receptions. It was star Joe Mixon though that caught Burrow’s lone touchdown en route to his best performance of the season.
Aside from Boyd, Mixon was the third most-targeted receiver at six.
Second-round draft pick Tee Higgins came in second with seven targets and four receptions for 77 yards. Drew Sample and A.J. Green, both with five targets, were the only other Bengals to see more than one look from Burrow. Cethan Carter, Auden Tate, Alex Erickson and Mike Thomas all got one target apiece.
Burrow hit 300 yards for the third straight time, setting yet another record as a rookie. The only blemish to his game was the one interception he threw, but overall, it was another terrific performance from the star rookie.