Cincinnati Bengals

The Good, The Bad and the Bungley for the Cincinnati Bengals v. Chargers

  • A.J. Green
  • Cincinnati Bengals
  • Joe Burrow
  • NFL
  • Week 1
By Sam Connaughton September 16, 2020 0 Comment
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The Cincinnati Bengals suffered a heartbreaking loss to the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday. The game was an emotional roller coaster and ultimately ended in a loss.

Sunday was a day that Cincinnati Bengals fans had been waiting for with excitement since the team drafted Joe Burrow with the first overall pick in the 2020 NFL.

However, excitement turned to disappointment after Randy Bullock missed a late field goal to tie the game and send it to overtime. Bengals fans saw both good, bad and “Bungley” from a team that probably should be sitting at 1-0 on the season. Instead the Cincinnati Bengals are 0-1 through Week 1.

The Good:

The Cincinnati Bengals defense was solid throughout the game. They got off the field on key downs and that was great to see. The defense stopped the Chargers on fourth down multiple times and gave the offense good field position. Safety Jessie Bates and linebacker Josh Bynes played extremely well standing out from the rest. The Chargers offense is not one of the best they will face this season. But it is encouraging to see the Bengals defense step up when called upon.

A.J Green didn’t play a single snap last season. It was great to see him back on the field last Sunday. He played well too. Green made some real nice grabs over the middle and on the boundary. Including the one which would’ve been the game winning touchdown if not for Green being called for pass interference.

For the Bengals to make some noise this year, Green has to be his old self and stay healthy. He gave fans hope with his performance on Sunday.

The Bad:

It’s safe to say Joe Burrow struggled and rightfully so. It was his first live NFL action with no preseason. He did have a nice twenty three yard touchdown run in the first half. But he missed an easy touchdown pass to A.J. Green in the third quarter. Joe also had a bad interception in Chargers territory that killed a good Bengals drive. All of this being said, Burrow gave his team an opportunity to win the football game late with a great two minute drill. He threw the winning touchdown to Green but A.J was called for offensive pass interference. Then, Randy Bullock missed a 31 yard field goal and Joe’s late game heroics were all for not.

Burrow didn’t play up to his standards. He gave his performance a “D” in the post game interview.


Burrow will need to play better in order for the Bengals to have a chance against the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night.

The Bengals lost the turnover battle on Sunday and that ultimately cost them the football game. Joe Mixon fumbled in Bengals territory and gave the Chargers a short field for them to kick the game winning field goal. Then on the next drive, Burrow throws a really bad pass that is picked off by Melvin Ingram and derails a promising Bengals drive. Turnovers down the stretch kill teams and it killed the Bengals last Sunday. Whoever wins the turnover battle is going to put themselves in a good situation to win the football game. The Bengals lost the turnover battle and lost the game.

“The Bungley”:

It was appalling how bad the offensive line played in Week 1. They got absolutely dominated by Joey Bosa and the rest of the Chargers defensive line. Bosa dominated the football game and made Bobby Hart look like he was blocking air at times. Joe Burrow was under constant pressure all day at Paul Brown Stadium and you can’t have that with a young quarterback. It is going to be a long season for Burrow, the Bengals and their fans if the offensive line play doesn’t get any better.

The Bengals went 0-8 in one score games last year. This year they start off 0-1. Something has to give. The feeling among Bengals fans is that they let this one get away. They let their season opener in Seattle last year get away. For this team to accomplish any sizable feat this year and in the future, they need to be better. Good teams win close games. The Bengals have found it incredibly difficult to win close games these past two years and as a fan, it is incredibly frustrating.


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