This was the first game in what feels like a lifetime that didn’t have some amount of drama in the final minutes for a Bengals win, but you could tell fans were relieved to have a little more relaxed day out.
CJ Uzomah with the Purple Rain game day fit MY GOODNESS— Willie Lutz (@willie_lutz) October 17, 2021
BENGALS BY A MILLION pic.twitter.com/mSAH5IgFgE
Chris Evans big day
The rookie running back had quite a homecoming in Michigan where he played college football. He got his shot with Samaje Perine out due to COVID-19 regulations. The young back did not disappoint.
His fantastic day started with a touchdown reception on the opening drive, which was the first opening drive touchdown for Cincinnati this season. He looked every bit like a wide receiver on the play when he left the linebacker in the dust.
Just a beautiful toss by Burrow and a great catch by Chris Evans. Perfect start to this game by the Bengals' Offense.— Andre Perrotta (@andreperrotta13) October 17, 2021
Been waiting for that Chris Evans split out TD all year, almost overthrew him but Evans vs. a LB is just telling Burrow "hey, want some points? you can have them"— Jake Liscow (@JakeLiscow) October 17, 2021
and Evan McPherson out here hitting uprights again to make y'all nervous
The #Bengals score on their opening drive for the first time this season. Today could be a DEY.— Whitney (@BengalsWhitney) October 17, 2021
You've got a new Gio Bernard right there. Let. Him. Eat.— Chris Roling (@Chris_Roling) October 17, 2021
Evans also had several more splash plays after his touchdown. However, it was a play that won’t show up in the box score that may have secured him the spot behind Joe Mixon permanently.
The TD is nice, but this is the play that will get Chris Evans more playing time. https://t.co/iNaoySv8SQ— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) October 17, 2021
Chris Evans should be RB2. I’ve seen enough.— Blake Jewell (@BlakeJewellNFL) October 17, 2021
I like Perine, but Evans has been very impressive today in multiple phases of offense! https://t.co/4hVjcWXWNY— Jake Liscow (@JakeLiscow) October 17, 2021
Has the rookie earned himself a bigger role?
Cincinnati spins offensive wheels early in Detroit
The Bengals offense started hot with a touchdown, but then it took them the rest of the half to add a field goal. The frustration was very valid from fans watching. It especially makes it more confusing when we all watched Cincinnati’s offense go off in the second half against a defense they should’ve been steamrolling earlier.
The Bengals play-calling looks like it was designed by a high school student.— Vance Meek (@vancemeek) October 17, 2021
Someone tell me how bad the miscommunication was on that 3rd & 3.— Nathan Beighle (@nathanbeighle_) October 17, 2021
We’re running a deja vu offense and it’s getting a bit frustrating to watch. Can we mix it up a little?!?— Whitney (@BengalsWhitney) October 17, 2021
Look, if *I* can predict what play you’re gonna run, I’m assuming opposing defenses can, too. #Bengals #CINvsDET
Dare I say... the #Bengals offense is playing down to their opponent.— Josh Kirkendall (@Josh_Kirkendall) October 17, 2021
Awful first half.
Ja’Marr Chase again provides the spark
Whenever we have seen the Bengals offense start to hit their stride, it has usually followed a huge play by the rookie wide receiver. This time it wasn’t one of his down field plays, even though he had a couple of those this week as well. It was his block for Mixon on the Fourth-and-1 catch that got Mixon into the end zone. Even Mixon made sure to tip his cap to the rookie.
Great call on 4th and 1. Decisive, strong running by Mixon. But LOOK AT THAT BLOCK BY CHASE!! Just give him the ROTY trophy already! pic.twitter.com/oSrLhJpeaN— Dadio Makdook (@dadiodefacto) October 17, 2021
Chase can catch AND block better than Sewell??— Grubbs (@AJGrubbs21) October 17, 2021
EXCELLENT play design and OUTSTANDING block by Ja’Marr Chase on that Mixon TD. Wow— Anthony Cosenza (@CJAnthonyCUI) October 17, 2021
Ja'Marr Chase said "I got you!" as he hit the BURNERS— Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) October 17, 2021
What a 1st round pick for the Cincinnati Bengals.— Lindsay Patterson (@LndsPatterson) October 17, 2021
Chase also added another two deep receptions today.
Hmmm. What's his evidence? https://t.co/QagytfV9zx— Josh Kirkendall (@Josh_Kirkendall) October 17, 2021
Burrow finally gets the offense boiling
It is safe to say Bengals fans trust Burrow to get points on the board eventually in a game. This week, we saw Cincinnati set a new high for points in game for the 2021 season. Burrow’s three touchdowns were a huge reason for that as he got the offense to come alive in the second half.
The #Bengals are up 20-0 and really haven’t been that great offensively.— Blake Jewell (@BlakeJewellNFL) October 17, 2021
When they figure it out, watch out.
Bengals turning to the running game as they try to grind out the second half and run the clock.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) October 17, 2021
Having a ton of success, then the RPO pays off for a chunk to Tee Higgins.
To this point, best drive of the day so far.
CJ making an appearance. Strong hands by Uzomah to snag Burrow's 3rd TD pass of the game.— Andre Perrotta (@andreperrotta13) October 17, 2021
A beatdown in Motown. Lions fans are exiting the building. The Bengals are now up 27-0.— Tyler Dragon (@TheTylerDragon) October 17, 2021
Finally an easy win
Fans got to relax near the end of this one. It was also a chance for the Bengals to sit some key starters playing through injuries. It was fun to watch one of these games from the winning side for the first time since what feels like 2015.
4-2— Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) October 17, 2021
Exactly where we expected the Bengals to be.
A boring game, but the perfect game for the #Bengals before a big showdown with Baltimore next week.— Drew Garrison (@Drew_LRT) October 17, 2021
Leave Detroit 4-2, no 4th quarter drama and go home with everyone healthy (besides maybe Carman). #WhoDey
And hey, you're not the team kicking the field goal in a blowout to avoid a shutout. Also feels great. Make other teams do that.— Chris Roling (@Chris_Roling) October 17, 2021
Dan Campbell on Bengals: “They did a damn good job. They whooped our ass.”— Tyler Dragon (@TheTylerDragon) October 17, 2021
Tweets of the game
It is always great to get a win like this where Cincinnati doesn’t stress out its fans till the very last play of the game. It all started with an unexpected touchdown to Evans that we covered in more detail earlier. However, this tweet deserves to be highlighted here as the best of the best.
There was a bit of a saga following C.J. Uzomah’s touchdown catch. He went and dapped up a fan in the stands, but he accidentally knocked the phone out of the fan’s hand. Luckily the phone was fine and was able to catch one of the best moments of the game and possibly the season.
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