The Cincinnati Bengals fought their way back into their game against the Chicago Bears late. Most of the offense there seemed to come after the Bengals finally let Joe Burrow do more at the line of scrimmage and take some more shots down the field.
It was something many fans griped about during the game, and rookie wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase thought that switch should've and could've happened sooner.
Ja’Marr Chase said Bears were sitting on the quick routes and the #Bengals waited too long to start taking shots down the field.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) September 19, 2021
Couple that with just 3.5 per carry from Mixon and that’s why the QB feels he has to force the ball and starts throwing picks.
There were many times we saw this offense and Burrow do things we weren't used to seeing. Several times it seemed Burrow was stuck on his first read. He would either throw it into tough coverage or take a sack. One time he even threw it right into a defender's back.
The offense failed to put up more than a field goal until midway through the fourth quarter. Right before the offensive explosion came three-straight interceptions from Burrow after not throwing one in quite some time.
This isn't to say the deep passing game was completely absent the entire game. Burrow and Tee Higgins missed on a one-on-one situation earlier in the game. The problem is they seemed to be very predictable when they decided to sprinkle this in. Part of the problem also seemed to be protections being picked up via the offensive line and running backs all game to help give Burrow more time to scan the field.
There were plenty of issues in Week 2 for the Bengals, but it’s clear some of the players saw the issues very clearly.