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Bengals News (11/23): Wind out of the sails

This Bengals’ season was far from a success, but now it seems like the worst case scenario is playing out.

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Joe Burrow eyes comeback after he went down with a serious knee injury
Right down to the No. 9 lying on the ground. Grabbing the knee. Writhing in pain as the trainers got him on his back. His hand grabbing his face mask. Stunned teammates gathering to wish a shocked shell of a face well as rookie franchise quarterback Joe Burrow was carted off the field.

Bengals teammates rally to quarterback Joe Burrow after an injury
After all, Burrow had been everything and more as their rookie franchise quarterback. In a very strange year and a bizarre season, he had been a comforting constant. Now ten-and-a-half games into such a promising career, Bengaldom finds itself assuming it's a torn ACL in that left knee and crossing its fingers it's nothing more.

Cincinnati Bengals postgame quotes: Zac Taylor and Ryan Finley
"I just told them that we needed to come out with some emotion. That's an injury to a team leader that can take the wind out of your sails and we wanted to try to recapture some energy that we had going into halftime. Unfortunately, they went down and scored a touchdown and we had a three and out, so we didn't get that done"

Cincinnati Bengals lose 20-9 to the Washington Football Team, Joe Burrow out for the year
After watching franchise rookie quarterback Joe Burrow carted off the field with a serious left knee injury early in the third quarter, the stunned Bengals watched Washington score the last 13 points of the game in a 20-9 loss.

'Prayers up' for 'Joey B' - NFL world reacts to injury to Bengals' Joe Burrow
Burrow was having a strong game against the Washington Football Team, completing 22-of-34 passes for 203 yards and a touchdown before suffering the injury in the third quarter.

Cincinnati Bengals QB Joe Burrow carted off, says, 'See ya next year'
One of the most promising NFL seasons by a rookie quarterback came to an end Sunday. Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow effectively ruled himself out for the remainder of the 2020 season after he was carted off the field in Sunday's 20-9 loss to the Washington Football Team at FedEx Field.

Cincinnati Bengals Draft Position Rises Following Loss to Washington - Sports Illustrated Cincinnati Bengals News, Analysis and More
“The players have responded to him, the coaches have responded to him, the city has responded to him and all that is equally as important. He energizes this team and he's been a tremendous player," Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said after the game. "Everything we’d hoped he would be, and we'll get him back at some point."

Joe Burrow will be back, but it's on Bengals to protect quarterback's future
True to form, Bengals rookie quarterback Joe Burrow didn't take long to let NFL fans know he will return from a torn ACL suffered during Sunday's game against Washington.

MMQB: On the day Joe Burrow was injured, the Bengals saw what they have in him
Joe Burrow didn’t have much to say—you don’t need an overactive imagination to figure out why—as he was loaded onto a cart near the Bengals’ end zone at FedEx Field on Sunday, amid a crush of his Cincinnati teammates, plus a few old Ohio State teammates of his playing for Washington, who’d come over to check on him.

Bengals QB Joe Burrow carted off with knee injury, has initial diagnosis of torn ACL
Players on both teams knelt as Burrow made his exit through the tunnel and an afflicted tone set in once play resumed. A game was completed -- one where Washington scored 13 unanswered points to pull away with the win -- but that's not what was on everyone's mind as Burrow himself indicated his season was over.

Around the league

NFL Week 11: What we learned from Sunday's games
The Packers (7-3) were on their way to a late-game meltdown that appeared set to seal a statement win for the Colts (7-3), but Indianapolis channeled its inner Lee Corso, looking victory dead in its eyes and shouting "NOT SO FAST, MY FRIEND!" A flurry of flags that could rival the Olympic opening ceremonies made for one of the longest minutes of game clock burned in the history of football, brought Indianapolis' holding penalty total to nine for the game (though not all were accepted), and gave Green Bay plenty of time to hand the rock to comeback hero Aaron Rodgers. He did not waste this opportunity. Rodgers connected with Marquez Valdes-Scantling on a 47-yard strike down the middle of Indianapolis' Tampa 2 on third and 10, and a little over a minute later, Mason Crosby kicked the game-tying field goal to send it to overtime.

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Alex Smith earns first win as starter in 742 days: 'Another thing I never thought I'd be doing again'
With each week, Smith looks closer to the player he was before the devastating injury. Sunday, he wasn't asked to do much other than shepherd the offense that ran all over the Bengals after Joe Burrow left with his own leg injury. The past two weeks as a starter, Smith has completed 68.8 percent of his passes for 278.0 yards per game, with a touchdown, an interception and an 87.3 passer rating.

Jets RB Frank Gore on possible 0-16 season: 'I can't go out like that'
Perhaps the New York Jets' best chance to get a win this season disappeared Sunday, with Gang Green falling to 0-10, the worst start in franchise history, in a 34-28 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.