Through three games, the Cincinnati Bengals are still winless. While they do have a tie on their record, entering the fourth quarter with the lead on the road against the Eagles, the Bengals were unable to pull out their Week 3 matchup.
No. 1 overall pick Joe Burrow played well, outshining Eagles’ starter Carson Wentz. Burrow went for 44 pass attempts, comping 31 of them. That compares favorably to Wentz’s 29-for-47.
Burrow also notched two touchdowns to Wentz’s one.
But, what’s even more impressive and something to praise the rookie for is the lack of interceptions. After a pivotal Game 1 interceptions, Burrow has cleaned it up and he was without a turnover.
Through the first two weeks, A.J. Green, who was drafted alongside Andy Dalton in the 2011 NFL Draft, accrued 22 targets. Week 3 was a change of scenery for Burrow as he drilled Boyd more than any other receiver.
Boyd finished the game with 13 targets, 10 receptions and 125 receiving yards, double any other player for the Bengals. He was by far the team’s more dynamic weapon, except in the end zone where second-round draft pick Tee Higgins was Burrow’s go-to target.
Higgins was on the receiving end of both of Burrow’s touchdowns. Oddly enough, Higgins had nine targets of his own, taking in five receptions, more than Green’s six targets. Higgins went for just 40 yards but did haul in two scores from Burrow.
That said, the offensive, led by Burrow did their thing and put up points, but the Bengals were again unable to stop the run as Philadelphia tore up the defensive front for 175 rushing yards.
Once Geno Atkins is back, this team will be a highly underrated side as Burrow clearly has the offense moving in the right direction.
Here’s how Burrow spread it out among all his weapons.
- Tyler Boyd 13
- Tee Higgins 9
- A.J. Green 6
- Auden Tate 4
- Giovani Bernard 3
- Joe Mixon 3
- Mike Thomas 2
- Cethan Carter 1
- Drew Sample 1