Well, we’re in the midst of yet another depressing Bengals season. This one was kept exciting solely via the quarterbacking gymnastics of No. 1 pick Joe Burrow. During Sunday’s game vs. the Washington Football Team, Burrow and his left knee were hit hard in the third quarter, leading to a quick exit by Burrow and another loss by Cincy.
The injury was gruesome, obviously season-ending after one glance. Now, Cincinnati finds itself in the same position as last year: poorly coached, untalented and without a star QB. Thus the second round of tanking can begin. Let’s get an O-lineman this time. And let’s get into the recap from today’s snooze-show.
Cincinnati could not get out of its own way early, turning two first-quarter red zone trips into two turnovers. One fumble on a fourth-down Burrow scramble and one on a Randy Bullock missed kick. Between the drives, Washington put seven on the board. Finally, on their third possession, the Bengals got into the end zone thanks to AJ Green’s first touchdown of the season. But Randy Bullock botched the add-on. 7-6.
The only other score of the half came from Cincinnati, on a Randy Bullock 50-plus yarder. A little redemption after some early struggles.
As the half winded down, Cincinnati found themselves with the ball again after a Jessie Bates pick with under 30 seconds to play. That led to Randy Bullock’s third miss of the day, but still ending the half with a 9-7 Bengals lead.
Well, Cincy opened up with a three-and-out, to which the Football Team responded with a punt before the series that would end all Bengals hopes and dreams: a three-and-out ending with Joe Burrow’s mangled leg in the debris of a missed-block tripleheader by Cincinnati’s front.
After that, Washington charged down the field and took the final lead change of the game with a touchdown. The Bengals offense was in a coffin for the rest of the afternoon following the Burrow loss — because, well, asking Ryan Finley to turn a score with a bottom-five O-line and a pair of decent receivers is far too much to ask from the backup (makes you marvel at what Burrow was able to do with the same cast for the past 2.5 months). They ended with nine points.
Across the way, Washington held serve, grinded away for two more field goals and coasted to victory.
Joe Burrow’s injury is debilitating for Cincinnati. He’s the only light that suggests a brighter future, he overcame a low-grade O-line, average playmaking core and inexperienced, poor coaching all to give Bengal fans a tinge of hope. Now, he’s gone, out with a season-ending left knee injury of some sort, and we’ll see him suit up again in 2021. Just sucks, all the way around.
Going forward, I guess we’re back in the ever-torturous scenario where we’re rooting for losses? Feels wrong, but for the sake of tanking for one of the best offensive line prospects of the century (Oregon’s Penei Sewell), we gotta do it. For the sake of the #ProtectJoe movement.
Like our skipper says, “See ya next year.!”
Thanks for all the love. Can’t get rid of me that easy. See ya next year?
— Joey Burrow (@JoeyB) November 22, 2020