Sunday was great in part because it wasn’t just the Joe Burrow show. The run defense was amazing. Ja’Marr Chase was unguardable. Zac Taylor caught the Cleveland Browns off guard multiple times. And Joe Mixon was bulldozing defenders.
So here are the top five plays that come to mind for me. Feel free to tell me what I missed in the comments below:
Burrow’s absolute laser beam of a touchdown pass to Chase in between two defenders.
Honestly, this was, in my opinion, the Bengals quarterback’s best pass of the season. It was so precise and thrown with so much velocity that it just squeezed by Denzel Ward and John Johnson. Many have said that it looked like Chase didn’t even expect it, but rather, the ball found the receiver and not the other way around.
Burrow threads the needle to Chase!@JoeyB @Real10Jayy__— NFL (@NFL) December 11, 2022
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Taylor fools the entire Cleveland defense on a flea flicker to Trenton Irwin.
Just such a great job of the o-line building an absolute wall, Irwin streaking down the sideline with authority, and Mixon quickly flipping the ball to Burrow who throws a dart with full confidence in the backup receiver.
FLEA FLICKER ALERT#CLEvsCIN | CBS pic.twitter.com/qN7pIZonMl— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) December 11, 2022
Jessie Bates seals the deal by reading Deshaun Watson’s mind and making the interception.
The free safety has elite awareness, which was on full display on this pick of the veteran QB, who had a pretty solid day up until that point.
Jessie lookin' like a receiver #ProBowlVote x #JessieBates#CLEvsCIN | CBS pic.twitter.com/SYKU0bv7Xx— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) December 11, 2022
Sack party at Watson’s expense
It looked like Logan Wilson got there first, then Vonn Bell got in on the action. B.J. Hill ended up in the pile as well. And Sam Hubbard made sure the quarterback was down.
SACK PACK‼️#ProBowlVote x #LoganWilson#ProBowlVote x #VonnBell#CLEvsCIN | CBS pic.twitter.com/i4dwuksgCN— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) December 11, 2022
Samaje Perine gets lost in a crowd (in a good way).
Mixon was the best back of the game and had a number of really decisive, hard runs. But Perine got the most feel-good run of the game when he ran into a wall of defensive and offensive players, but was so low that the Browns defenders didn’t notice he just bounced around on the right and easily found his way into the endzone.
"Ope - I'm just gonna scooch around ya"#ProBowlVote x #SamajePerine#CLEvsCIN | CBS pic.twitter.com/Qi2eK8LZE0— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) December 11, 2022
Okay, now it’s your turn:
What was your favorite moment from the Bengals’ Week 14 win over the Browns?
This poll is closed
Burrow threads the needle to Chase
Irwin flea flicker TD
Perine waltzes around Browns defenders
Other (put in comments)
We broke down the most memorable plays and also previewed the Bengals upcoming game against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the video below:
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