The highlight of course is that Joe Burrow and fans are back in the stadium, and as long as No. 9 is behind center this team seems to have a chance.
Fans make the Jungle roar
It was the first chance for Cincinnati to have fans in their stadium again since 2020 had obvious COVID-19 restrictions in place. It didn’t take long for the fans to make their impact felt as the Vikings had three false starts on their first drive.
I’ll take these false starts— Sam (@sammy______G) September 12, 2021
First Vikings play and a false start! Let's go Jungle!— Andre Perrotta (@andreperrotta13) September 12, 2021
Ok now it feels like football season— Evan McPhillips (@emcphil) September 12, 2021
Three false starts on the first drive for the Vikings. Good to see fans in the stadium again. pic.twitter.com/TWSKYS1xMW— Patrick Judis (@PatrickJudis) September 12, 2021
Chase away the haters
There was plenty of negativity surrounding the Bengals offseason. They opted to draft Ja’Marr Chase to create a stacked set of skill positions. Many wanted them to take offensive line help. Then people were down on Chase after he struggled in the preseason with drops.
Safe to say that narrative is shutdown as Chase kept his eye on having a big debut.
Chase is shutting people up in a hurry. First NFL touchdown.— Elise Jesse (@EliseJesseTV) September 12, 2021
Wait I thought Ja'Marr Chase can't catch pic.twitter.com/zFOOuXmjEU— Dadio Makdook (@dadiodefacto) September 12, 2021
Penei who?— Santori Miles (@Cincy_Suave) September 12, 2021
Burrow with back to back PERFECT passes. Sideline throw to Boyd followed by an absolute dime to UNO who also just smoked the Vikings' CB for the long TD.— Andre Perrotta (@andreperrotta13) September 12, 2021
The Bengals were on their own 30-yard line with a 4th-and-short following a big gain by Chase on third down. Zac Taylor opted to ride the momentum and go for the first down, but Joe Mixon ended up stumbling causing a turnover on downs. This led to a Vikings touchdown that brought Minnesota within a touchdown.
And that’s what happens when you’re up 14 and go for it on your own 30.— Drew Garrison (@Drew_LRT) September 12, 2021
Zac Taylor just gave Minnesota life they should’ve never had. That is so bad. #Bengals
Going for it on your own 30 is NOT going for the kill. It's unnecessary risk when your defense has been playing well.— Vance Meek (@vancemeek) September 12, 2021
Bengals barely claw out victory
The Bengals certainly didn’t make that one easy. After letting the Vikings back into the game, it ended up turning into an instant classic. It could have ended in an instant disaster for Cincinnati though with Minnesota in field goal range.
However, Jessie Bates and Germaine Pratt combined to force a fumble. That set up Joe Burrow the chance to play hero on fourth-and-inches with a deep pass to tight end C.J. Uzomah.
This isn’t Bengals fans’ first run in with such a close game, and it is starting to wear on fans. At least this one ended in our favor.
CJ Uzomah with a 32 yard reception on 4th and one with :39 remaining in the game. pic.twitter.com/UFNfUVRgpL— Josh Kirkendall (@Josh_Kirkendall) September 12, 2021
What a win! I’m wiped dude— Anthony Cosenza (@CJAnthonyCUI) September 12, 2021
I need oxygen and a heart specialist.— Vance Meek (@vancemeek) September 12, 2021
This too early in the season to be stressed out.— Josh Kirkendall (@Josh_Kirkendall) September 12, 2021
zac taylor’s gonads are the size of the milky way— John Sheeran (@John__Sheeran) September 12, 2021
Tweets of the day
Penei Sewell would not have caught that pass.— Mo Egger (@MoEgger) September 12, 2021
Being a Bengals fan is taking years off of my life— Nick Manchester (@NickManchester9) September 12, 2021
Joe Burrow walks into postgame, crosses paths with Ja’Marr Chase, gives the pinky celebration then sits down.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) September 12, 2021
“Thought he was dropping everything?” pic.twitter.com/P37SeIb4DT
1-0— Chidobe Awuzie (@ChidobeAwuzie) September 12, 2021
Let’s go !! 1-0— Sam Hubbard (@Sam_Hubbard_) September 12, 2021
How would C.J. Uzomah characterize that fourth down call in OT? pic.twitter.com/G4ekFG07la— Mike Petraglia (@Trags) September 12, 2021