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Twitter reactions to Bengals’ shocking loss to Chargers

Well, that sure isn’t how we expected that to end.

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Well that was a tough pill to swallow.

The Bengals seemingly had won their matchup with the Chargers when A.J. Green caught the go-ahead touchdown pass from Joe Burrow. However, Green was flagged for OPI, which led to the Bengals settling for a 31-yard Randy Bullock field goal with seven seconds left.

But Bullock botched the kick, and the Bengals lost their 2020 opener 16-13.

Now, let’s see what Twitter had to say about Cincinnati’s first game of the Joe Burrow era.

First look at Burrow

There isn’t a secret as to who all the eyes were on for this game. Bengals’ fans have been waiting for this moment since about midway through the 2019 season. Burrow didn’t disappoint by arriving in style.

Uniting

The Bengals and Chargers shared a couple of moments to make a statement prior to the game as well. The actions speak for themselves.

Burrow makes a huge play after slow start

The playcall was a result of the way the Chargers didn’t keep enough men in the middle of the defense to stop the threat of Burrow running. Prior to that, you could tell the rookie was still working through some early jitters. It ended up being the only touchdown for either team in the first half.

No Hart

The one thing fans will remember about the first half is just how bad Bobby Hart was at right tackle. The entire offensive struggled, but Hart routinely got beat almost instantly or failed to put a hand on one of the best pass rushers in the NFL.

Even one of the greatest Bengal tackles of all-time got in on the criticism of one of the worst starting right tackles in the NFL.

Defense looks unrecognizable in the best way

The defense stole the show of the first half. Aside from two chunk plays that setup field goals, they looked like a completely different from its 2019 counter part. The biggest difference was the linebackers playing well and coming up big in some short yardage situations.

The clock struck midnight a second too soon

Burrow and the Bengals got a shot to go down the field for a game-winning drive with just over two minutes left. Burrow didn’t look like a rookie on the drive either.

Then the magic ended. Burrow connected with A.J. Green for a touchdown with seven seconds left inside the five-yard line. However, the play was called back. From there we saw a typical Cincinnati loss that most of us have become accustomed to.

This seems like a typical Bengal loss that ends in some unheard of fashion, but there is still plenty of reason to be excited. At least the team gets a quick turnaround with the Browns on Thursday Night Football.