Ja’Marr Chase and Chidobe Awuzie’s injury losses were supposed to be detrimental to attack and defense respectively.
But in the Cincinnati Bengals’ second match without Chase and in their first match without Awuzie, everything seemed to be clicking.
Let’s get into what we learned in their 42-21 win over the Carolina Panthers.
Jo Mixon has a lot of pride
A sixth straight year hasn’t been out of reach or decisive this year, leading many to believe we’ve been on the decline.
But Mixon, who is still only 26 years old, clearly still has a lot in the tank. He had the best game of his career against the Carolina Panthers, answering questions about whether he should be replaced in the starting lineup for the foreseeable future.
Bengal actually has a depth in WR
It’s just not what many had hoped for.
Yes, there is a clear decline after Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins. but no problem. Burrow’s ability to see the field and put the ball in the best position for receivers means he can take production out of what we might call WR3 or WR4 by the committee.
Against the Panthers, Burrow reached out to Trenton Irwin and Trent Taylor all three times targeting them for a total of 49 yards. This may not sound like much, but it’s roughly a quarter of Burrow’s total passing yards. not bad.
Erwin also picked up two of his three goals last week against the Cleveland Browns and appears to be copying a role as an above-average target.
High school isn’t going to be awesome
It sure was just one game. He was against a discredited former free agent only in his fourth start. But Carolina QBBG Walker looked good last week against the Atlanta Falcons. In fact, one ESPN analyst predicted it would outperform Borough.
So after just one week of Walker’s 317-yard throw and perhaps the cleanest Hill Mary throw you’ll ever see, the depleted Cincinnati High put it up for three hits in 10 attempts for nine yards and two interceptions.
Baker Mayfield did better, but he was basically playing at an inopportune time, and took over in the second half when his team was 35 points behind.
Crime is to become more creative and sustainable
What is the saying “Necessity is the mother of invention”?
Well, when the head coach has the amazing chemistry that exists between Burrow and Chase, he might be tempted to get out of the way or try to catch lightning in a bottle by forming the attack around getting a few big plays.
Now that Chase is out, we’re starting to see the Bengals explore more options in crime. As I mentioned above, Irwin and Taylor are becoming part of the pass crime… slowly. But what’s even more interesting is the fact that Zack Taylor made these two carry the ball multiple times; They gathered for 29 yards on four buggies.
Remember that Boyd is not a really fast driver. And Higgins are great as they come. Despite this, Taylor is a 5′ 8″, 181-pounder fast enough in tight spaces to break a run or run, which is why he had three chances to do so on Sunday.
Meanwhile, we’ve seen Mixon unleashed in both a running game and a scrolling match. It’s hard to tell how much because of the call to play, because the relegation had a different kind of mentality from the start of the game and punched holes faster than at any previous point in the season. However, Taylor helped fan the flames by getting Mixon into the scrolling game early on.
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