One of those drops was a potential touchdown catch that could have gotten the Bengals the win in regulation, but the drop forced the Bengals to settle for a field goal and wound up losing 30-27.
A player who has come up so big for Cincinnati in multiple games throughout his career, Boyd has been having nothing short of a disappointing season. He is having his lowest yards per route run since his sophomore season in 2017 and the lowest yards per reception number of his career. His current 59.5 PFF grade would also be the lowest in his eight-year career.
None of that mattered against the Minnesota Vikings, although it started off looking like more of the same. Through the first four quarters, Boyd only had one catch for nine yards.
On 3rd and 9, with the game on the line late in overtime, Jake Browning scrambled out of the pocket and found Boyd way down the field. He broke a tackle and took the catch way down inside the rezone for a 44-yard reception in the end, and from there, the Bengals got the win with an Evan McPherson field goal.
Boyd finished the game with two grabs for 53 yards on five targets.
Tyler Boyd was just hoping not to collide with Tee Higgins on 44 yard play pic.twitter.com/KngbFF273a— Mike Petraglia (@Trags) December 16, 2023
That play was vintage Boyd, something the Bengals and Jake Browning will need more of, especially if Ja’Marr Chase is out due to his shoulder injury.