Traveling about four hours northwest, turnovers got the best of Joe Burrow and the Bengals. For the first time since Ryan Fitzpatrick did it early in the 2018 season, Burrow had an interception in three straight pass attempts.
In the next five, he had two touchdowns, cutting the lead to three.
Trey Hendrickson had a chance to stop Justin Fields before he scrambled for a first down late in the game, but he was just out of reach for the offseason addition to completely get him down.
Other than that, Hendrickson had his best game yet as a Bengals.
In Week 1, he had just one quarterback hit. Playing in 82 percent of the defensive snaps, more was expected of him. He had 13.5 sacks and didn’t put much pressure on the quarterback.
Against the Bears, he showed up in a big way.
Hendrickson recorded 1.5 sacks and a game-high three quarterback hits. D.J. Reader also had a sack as the Bengals got Justin Fields twice and Andy Dalton, who went out with a first-half injury, once.
Hendrickson, on top of his quarterback hits and sacks, totaled three tackles, one solo tackle. It was a terrific display from the player Cincinnati signed to a massive four-year, $60 million deal this offseason.
In back-to-back offseasons, the Bengals added big-name free agents. It was Reader last offseason and Hendrickson this offseason. Larry Ogunjobi has also been an extremely underrated addition as he’s gotten after the quarterback these first two weeks.
The Bengals averaged 1.1 sacks per game last season as Reader missed most of the year. With back-to-back games of three sacks, Hendrickson and company are starting to change the stigma that this franchise can’t get take down an opponent’s quarterback.