Most Valuable Player
This was the best game by Burrow since late last season. While it didn’t feature a ton of deep passing, Burrow mixed it up to keep the Saints’ defense guessing.
Burrow’s FedEx Air Player of the Week nomination came on the heels of a 300-yard, four-touchdown (three passing, one rushing) performance. His final touchdown came in comeback fashion with just over two minutes to play.
Chase didn’t scream by defensive backs for the big bombs on Sunday, but did a lot of tough, yards-after-the-catch work. He finished with seven catches for 132 yards and two touchdowns. His 60-yarder at the end of the contest was the deal-clincher.
Because the Bengals were far more efficient in the red zone and goal line-type of scenarios than in recent games, McPherson was only asked to kick one field goal in this one. Still, it was a biggie from 52 yards, as he also hit all three extra point attempts he had.
The veteran defensive lineman continued to bear extra weight with D.J. Reader still out of the lineup. In a tough day for the defense, Hill had six tackles, a half-sack and one pass defended.
His facepalm-inducing roughing-the-passer penalty on a 3rd-and-25 notwithstanding, Hendrickson had a solid game. He had three total tackles, with one for loss and a pass defended, which was pivotal in getting the Bengals the football back to set up the Chase game-winner.
Who gets your vote for the Bengals’ Week 6 MVP?
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QB Joe Burrow
WR Ja’Marr Chase
K Evan McPherson
DT B.J. Hill
DE Trey Hendrickson
Unsung Hero of the Week
Mixon had limited touches on Sunday, notching just eight carries and four catches on the day. However, half of those total touches netted either a first down or a touchdown, and Mixon had 5.6 yards per carry versus New Orleans.
Chase had the big homecoming and Tee Higgins made some nice plays, but Boyd continues to be old reliable to get the offense in a rhythm. He finished with six catches for 66 yards, including a nice 21-yarder.
The Bengals’ left tackle was credited with one of their three sacks allowed, but call this the “warrior award”. Williams sprained a knee ligament while also dislocating the knee cap last Sunday night against the Ravens and came in to help anchor the best offensive output by the Bengals all season.
Part of the criteria for this award is in a player stepping in for others when injury strikes. Tufele came in when Josh Tupou went down and made plays. He had six total tackles and one for loss.
Again, not a banner day for the defense, but Pratt led the team with 14 total tackles. That’s twice as many as the second-leading tackler on the day for the Bengals.
“Mr. Effort” just keeps showing why he’s a team leader. Hubbard finished with seven tackles, a half-sack and another pass defended.
Who gets your vote for the Bengals’ Week 6 Unsung Hero of the Week?
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RB Joe Mixon
WR Tyler Boyd
LT Jonah Williams
DT Jay Tufele
LB Germaine Pratt
DE Sam Hubbard
Play of the Game
Joe Mixon first quarter touchdown reception:
Cincinnati was behind the eight-ball, down 7-0 after the Trent Taylor fumble. Cincinnati tried to get into the end zone in a couple of different ways, but ultimately, it was Mixon getting open on 3rd-and-goal who scooted into the end zone for the tying score early in the game.
TOUCHDOWN BENGALS‼— Bengals Nation (@BengalsNationCP) October 16, 2022
Joe Burrow dimes it to Joe Mixon to tie it up with the Saints pic.twitter.com/GlXzyD1QYc
Joe Burrow 19-yard touchdown run:
Cincinnati needed a spark on offense, down 17-7. Once again, they faced a critical third down in the red zone and needed a touchdown instead of a field goal.
Burrow called his own number after the Saints’ defense drifted right, leaving a massive gap on the right. He scampered into the end zone to cut New Orleans’ lead to just three points.
Ja’Marr Chase 15-yard touchdown reception:
The first of Chase’s comeback was another big touchdown in the Bengals’ claw-back into this game. Chase cut inside and made the play on tight coverage to bring the Bengals within two points late in the contest.
Evan McPherson 52-yard field goal:
After sacks stalled out a fourth quarter drive, Cincinnati called on their star second-year kicker for a big attempt. Once again, “Money Mac” came up huge, nailing a fourth quarter 52-yarder to cut the Saints’ lead to two points once again.
Money Mac appreciation tweet (from 52) pic.twitter.com/jaFT5FkgQC— Orange&Black Insider (@BengalsOBI) October 19, 2022
Ja’Marr Chase 60-yard touchdown catch:
Not many NFL wide receivers can turn a sideline 10-yard route into a 60-yard touchdown reception. But, not many receivers have the skills of “Uno.”
Chase grabbed a Burrow pass with a little over two minutes remaining, broke a tackle and outran Tyrann Mathieu down the sideline for the game-winning score.
It's easy to forget if you've watched the Bengals' "offense" this season, but yes, Ja'Marr Chase is still ridiculous. There were some schematic improvements against the Saints. pic.twitter.com/8YebDazp8u— Doug Farrar ✍ (@NFL_DougFarrar) October 17, 2022
Which play was the top of the game for the Bengals?
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Joe Mixon’s first quarter touchdown reception
Joe Burrow 19-yard touchdown run
Ja’Marr Chase 15-yard touchdown reception
Evan McPherson 52-yard field goal
Ja’Marr Chase 60-yard touchdown catch