In one of the best NFL games of 2023, the Bengals managed to pull off a 34-31 overtime victory in what will be forever known as The Jake Browning Game.
This was a game for the ages, and the Bengals came out on top to keep themselves firmly in the race for the NFL Playoffs.
Here are the winners and losers from tonight’s contest.
Jake Browning: The first drive was rough. After that, Browning really settled in. Moving the ball downfield at an impressive rate, Browning went 17/19 in the first half. In the first half alone, Browning connected with eight different receivers. While he didn’t throw any touchdowns in the first half, he led the Bengals offense inside the five-yard line and set up two Joe Mixon touchdown runs. Browning hit Ja’Marr Chase on a beautiful 76-yard touchdown pass for his first passing touchdown of the game. Browning found pay dirt on the ground to tie the game at 28 with 9:27 left in the fourth quarter. Browning’s final stat line was 32 completions on 37 attempts for 354 yards and the touchdown pass, plus a rushing touchdown for good measure.
Joe Mixon: Mixon was a hot topic among the fanbase after the loss to Pittsburgh, and he responded in a big way Monday night. Two first-half touchdowns kept the Bengals even with Jacksonville through 30 minutes, as Mixon was effective on the ground and through the air. Mixon finished with 68 rushing yards, two rushing touchdowns, and six receptions for 49 yards.
Chase Brown: Brown got his first real action of the season, and he made the most of it. After spending four weeks on injured reserve, Brown didn’t get a touch in his first game back but was able to maximize his chances Monday night. Brown showed he deserves a spot in the running back rotation, finishing with eight carries for 64 yards, including a 31-yard run.
Ja’Marr Chase: Chase had his best game without Joe Burrow of his career Monday night. Browning got the ball in Chase’s hands early and often on shorter routes before unloading on the 76-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. Chase was a key to this offense finding life for the first time since Burrow went down. He finished with 11 catches for 149 yards and the long touchdown. Monster day from the Bengals’ top weapon.
Evan McPherson: After missing a 57-yarder to start his night, McPherson settled in. McPherson hit a 54-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to give the Bengals the lead. In overtime, he came in and was Money Mac once again, hitting from 48 yards out to give the Bengals the win.
You can nitpick things if you want, but let’s keep the positivity rolling on a night like this.