Wow. Sunday where do we start. Let’s go offense – Ja’Marr Chase continues to be impressive and playing like a rookie of the year candidate – that was a two-TD day for the young receiver and he and Joe Burrow looked like OGs back in the LSU days. Again I was on team draft Ja’Marr for a long time and again I think everyone can see why when they watch the Bengals on Sunday – he is a legit game-changer and it doesn’t hurt he is playing with his former college QB.
Joe Burrow ➡️ Ja’Marr Chase will never get old 🔥🔥🔥pic.twitter.com/Y0WQa2Atbl
— PFF CIN Bengals (@PFF_Bengals) September 26, 2021
Speaking of quarterback Joe Burrow – Burrow bounce back performance came at the perfect time -against a division rival and on the road – it was the Bengals first win against the Steelers at Pittsburgh since 2015 and everyone remembers that special season. It was the also the last time the Bengals made the postseason. Burrow was mobile and that is what you love to see after an injury he had to deal with in 2020.
Joe Burrow said Ja’Marr Chase came up to him before the big 34-yard TD and called his shot. “Just throw it up to me, just throw it.” This Bayou Bengal connection is electric already. #Bengals #LSU pic.twitter.com/NEQwgAU768
— Brandon Saho (@BrandonSaho) September 26, 2021
Now let’s move onto to offensive line – impressive day for the OL – The Steelers held a 75-game regular-season game streak of recording at least one sack – the longest in NFL history and on Sunday no sacks allowed by the Bengals O-line snapping the streak for Pittsburgh. It was also rookie and hometown guy Jackson Carman’s first NFL start at right guard and he showed up to play. Impressive start for the young player.
— PFF College (@PFF_College) September 26, 2021
One more offensive item before flipping to the defense. Tyler Boyd ever since he joined the Bengals has always been a hype man for the room and a leader they are so lucky to have in the WR room – on Sunday he had his first TD in Pittsburgh (his hometown) and so deserved. What a play by 83.
TYLER BOYD GROWN MAN TOUCHDOWN pic.twitter.com/soJKuTiZ88
— PFF Fantasy Football (@PFF_Fantasy) September 26, 2021
Defense. Over the last 3 weeks this unit showed up. The Bengals have spent a lot of money on this side of the ball the last two offseason and it’s working out. Getting to the quarterback is something this team has struggled with for years and on Sunday recorded 4 sacks against Big Ben and the Steelers.
Sam Hubbard (@Sam_Hubbard_) goes speed to power, then beats the forward leaning blocker with a counter swipe for the sack.
Logan Wilson – I felt in the offseason Wilson was going to take a leap in year two – and he is. The Bengals needed a playmaker in the LB room like him for years and he is here and so fun to watch. Make that two INT for the young linebacker.
Logan Wilson with his second pick today and his third in two weeks
Zac Taylor – this was Taylor’s second road win for the Cincinnati Bengals – for two years we have heard from the players they believe in the culture Zac is building and this is his team now. I know it’s early, but you can really tell they are all in on this team and what Zac is doing – good for Zac Taylor.
— Mike Petraglia (@Trags) September 26, 2021
It’s a short week for the Bengals they are in action on Thursday night at Paul Brown Stadium – a big night Trevor Lawrence vs. Joe Burrow and the Ring of Honor ceremony – I’ll be there and have a full recap on Friday – Jags – Bengals preview coming on Wednesday. A reminder Monday’s are always better after a win – cherry on top when it’s Pittsburgh. 🙂