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Bengals News (11/16): Taking responsibility

The Bengals didn’t play well against the Steelers, but their rookie quarterback continues to prove how great of a leader he is.

Bengals Notebook: Another Revamped O-Line Holds Up
The Bengals offensive line underwent a massive change in Sunday's 36-10 loss to the Steelers in Pittsburgh for the second straight game and for the second straight game they had to like how it worked out when rookie left tackle Hakeem Adeniji made his second straight start and left guard Quinton Spain made his first start ever at right tackle.

Burrow Vows Rebound After Calling Himself Out In Steelers Loss
But after his first game as the Bengals franchise quarterback against the franchise they're chasing, after it all went so sour with a wobbly second half of five of 15 for 24 yards in a 36-10 loss to the undefeated Steelers in Pittsburgh in which they didn't convert a third down, he showed why the Bengals drafted him No. 1 overall.

Quick Hits: Burrow Blames Himself, Not Rolled Ankle; Zac Points To Oh-For Third Downs; Bengals Can't Take Advantage Of Defensive Run Gem
Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree pushed Burrow out of bounds in the final minute of the first half and he crashed into the Bengals bench. He said he rolled his ankle and that it didn't affect his dismal second-half performance of five for 15 for 24 yards after he was a solid 16 of 25 for 189 yards before he slalomed into the bench.

Early Bengals Mistakes Boost Steelers Into Second Half
His shootout with Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow didn't get off the ground when the Cincinnati offense committed two first-quarter turnovers. The half ended ominously when Burrow (ankle) came off the field with a limp when he slipped heading out of bounds after Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree pushed him out.

Bengals' Joe Burrow struggles against another elite defense in loss to Steelers
Burrow struggled to find a rhythm on a blustery day in Pittsburgh. He was 21-of-40 passing for 213 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. And for the second time this season, Burrow struggled against an elite defense.

Steelers vs. Bengals score: Ben Roethlisberger's four touchdowns propel Pittsburgh to 9-0 start
Roethlisberger's touchdown total on Sunday was his highest in a game since he had five touchdown passes in Pittsburgh's win over Carolina in Week 10 of the 2018 season. For his career, Roethlisberger is 26-7 against the Bengals and 22-2 against rookie quarterbacks. Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow was sacked four times while recording his third lowest passing output of the season. Two of those sacks were by T.J. Watt, who led a Steelers' defense that held the Bengals to an 0-of-13 mark on third down.

Week 10 NFL scores: Joe Burrow, Bengals struggle in loss to Steelers
Quarterback Joe Burrow wanted to be on the field in the last minute with the ball in his hands. But for the first time in the last five weeks, there was nothing to play for in the fourth quarter.

Despite not practicing Roethlisberger riddles Bengals to lead Steelers to blowout win
The Bengals (2-6-1) had only four healthy cornerbacks to dress for the game, one of whom (Tony Brown) had taken only one defensive snap all season and another (Jalen Davis) who was just signed off the practice squad, and then lost cornerback Mackensie Alexander to a possible concussion early in the second quarter.

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NFL Week 10: What we learned from Sunday's games
What an incredibly wild, fun, entertaining and unbelievable game. Kyler Murray dazzled viewers once again, completing 22-of-32 passes for 245 yards, one touchdown and one interception, and Kenyan Drake's 100 rushing yards combined with Murray's 61 and Chase Edmonds' 56 to help Arizona (6-3) break the 200-yard mark on the ground. But that's not all. In this game, we were treated to several eyebrow raising occurrences: Isaiah McKenzie threw the game's first touchdown pass to Josh Allen, of all people; Larry Fitzgerald recorded his first drop in ages (his last drop came during the 2018 season), which resulted in one of the stranger interceptions you'll ever see; Allen turned back the clock to 2018 to throw a classic interception that looked like it might sink Buffalo's chances; The diminutive Cole Beasley out-jumped his shadow to make a one-handed snag that extended Buffalo's late scoring drive, in which Allen rebounded from the earlier interception to give the Bills a late lead. And finally ...

Lamar Jackson: Ravens 'ticked off' after loss to Patriots
"We ticked off. Don't nobody like losing," quarterback Lamar Jackson said after the loss, via the team's official transcript. "I know none of you guys like losing. Especially we got a lot of talent on our team. Just got to regroup. Tuesday go watch film on our opponents, Tennessee, and go from there."

Lions optimistic about Matthew Stafford's thumb injury after X-rays negative
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday morning that X-rays on Stafford's thumb after the game were negative, per a source informed of the situation. There isn't much concern about Stafford's status at this point, and the initial belief is he won't miss any games.

Vic Fangio concerned about Drew Lock's INTs, but Broncos 'committed' to young QB
Lock threw a career-high four INTs, a culmination of weeks of inefficient and poor overall play. The young quarterback has now thrown multiple interceptions in three of his last five starts. During his impressive end to last year's rookie campaign, Lock threw just three INTs total in five starts.

Drew Brees suffers rib injury, set to undergo MRI following Saints' win over 49ers
"He took a heavy shot in the first half. As he came out in the second half, he felt it was really impacting him," Payton told reporters. "So, specifically, he'll get an MRI and X-Rays. His back felt sore. As he tried to throw, he just came up to me and said, 'Hey, I don't feel like I'm capable of playing.' And so, quickly, we made the switch and, you know, that happens sometimes.