In Monday night’s game, Ja’Marr Chase broke a single-game record while helping the Cincinnati Bengals secure their first win of the season against the Los Angeles Rams. Previously, Chase’s career high in receptions for a single game was 11, but he surpassed that with 12 receptions on 15 targets for a game-high 141 yards. However, despite his impressive performance, Chase has yet to score a touchdown this season, marking the longest touchdown drought of his career.
The decision to start quarterback Joe Burrow for the Bengals was a game-time decision made by head coach Zac Taylor. Burrow was dealing with an injured calf, but he was ultimately named the starter. Although Burrow did not throw any passing touchdowns, he had a solid night, completing 26 of 49 passes for 259 yards, one interception, and no touchdowns.
The Bengals struggled to find the end zone until the third quarter when Joe Mixon scored their first touchdown of the game. It was a 10-play drive led by Burrow, covering 75 yards. Mixon rushed for a 14-yard touchdown, benefiting from the Bengals’ strong offensive line. Mixon finished the game with 65 rushing yards on 19 carries and caught one pass from Burrow for five yards.
On the other side, the Rams had several opportunities to score touchdowns in the first half but failed to convert. Tutu Atwell appeared to score on the team’s first drive but was ruled out of bounds at the two-yard line upon review. The Rams settled for a field goal instead. In another drive, the Rams were on the 12-yard line but had to settle for another field goal due to the Bengals’ strong defense.
The Bengals’ defense continually pressured Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford throughout the game. Stafford was sacked six times by the Bengals, including two by Trey Hendrickson. Dax Hill, Sam Hubbard, and B.J. Hill also contributed sacks. Despite the defensive pressure, the Rams managed to score a touchdown towards the end of the game, making it a close 19-16 score. However, a failed onside kick attempt secured the victory for the Bengals.
Stafford finished the game with 18 completions on 33 attempts for 269 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. Puka Nacua was his leading receiver with 72 yards on five receptions, followed closely by Tyler Higbee with 71 yards on five catches.
With their much-needed victory, the Bengals aim to continue their winning streak.