The Cincinnati Bengals were without their starting quarterback and starting running back as they welcomed the New York Giants. However, the Bengals didn’t just lay down and roll over in a game that was easily winnable.
After starting down 7-0, the Bengals received a glimmer of hope as Brandon Wilson had a 103-yard kick return. The two teams eventually went into halftime all knotted up at ten points each.
The Bengals eventually went down 19-10 before a late-game Tee Higgins touchdown gave them some hope with just over two minutes remaining. After forcing a three-and-out, the Bengals’ Allen fumbled, draining any hope those in Paul Brown Stadium had.
The Bengals lost 19-17, but they learned quite a bit about their new quarterback and about the resilience of their roster. That said, Allen, overall, played well in his first start — giving hope to an otherwise defeated fanbase.
Allen went 17/29 with one touchdown and one interception. He surprisingly had the only passing touchdown of the game. As for Allen, many of Burrow’s favorite targets translated to the new, relatively young quarterback.
Allen targeted Tyler Boyd the most with Tee Higgins and Drew Sample both coming in second place with five targets apiece. Following those three were A.J. Green and Giovani Bernard who both received three looks.
Green was targeted three times but held without a reception for the third time this season. He combined with Auden Tate to total five targets and no receptions, a brutal stat for Cincinnati’s offense.
By far their most experienced receiver, getting Green involved is paramount, but the connection just wasn’t there.
Thankfully, Boyd and Higgins did provide some form of a safety blanket. Higgins caught all five of his targets for 44 yards and the Bengals’ only offensive touchdown. Boyd caught three of his six targets for 15 yards.
Sample’s four receptions, the second most on the team, also helped ease Allen’s nerves as he provided a large target in the middle of the field.
With no Joe Mixon, here’s a rundown of how Allen divided up the targets against the Giants.
- Tyler Boyd 6
- Tee Higgins 5
- Drew Sample 5
- Giovani Bernard 3
- A.J. Green 3
- Auden Tate 2
- Trayveon Williams 1
- Cethan Carter 1
- Samaje Perine 1