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Bengals’ o-line had worst pass block win rate through afternoon games

ESPN’s Next Gen Stats indicate that Cleveland was dominating upfront.

Cincinnati Bengals v Cleveland Browns Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images

Yes, Joe Burrow was off. Probably more off than he’s ever been.

But, according to ESPN’s Next Gen Stats, the offensive line wasn’t giving him much help.

Per their analytics, Cincinnati’s offensive line had the worst pass block win rate (30%) through yesterday’s late afternoon games.

Meanwhile, Next Gen Stats notes that Myles Garrett was exploding off the ball and getting into Cincinnati’s backfield at an absurd rate (0.58 seconds), on par with the best such time from last year, which Garrett can also claim.

How much stock you put into such stats is a different story.

For what it’s worth, the more traditional stats say that the Cleveland Browns had just two sacks but ten QB hits.

Regardless of how bad the pass blocking was, Burrow has been dealing with protection issues his entire career. And yet, he never looked as inaccurate as he did on Sunday (in this fan’s eyes, at least).

The superstar QB completed just 14 of his 31 passes. Most shockingly, he was 0/8 when targeting Tee Higgins. Obviously that will change quickly.

On a lighter note, Higgins recently spoke with Pacman Jones about his love for Cincinnati fans, his favorite food, and who he likes to sit with at lunch. Watch below: