Bengals return to 2021 form


Ian Stewart, Staff Writer

On Halloween night the Bengals and Browns faced each other in Cleveland. The Bengals would upset  32-13 in a total beat down. Then the script would flipped in week 14 with a 23-10 bengals win. 

During pregame warmups wide receiver Tee Higgins would strain his hamstring and only play one snap, then on the second play of the game Tyler Boyd jammed and broke his finger. That left the Bengals with just Ja’Marr Chase. Chase took the game into his hand with 10 catches for 119 yards and one score. Chase caught 10 of Joe Burrows’ 18 completions. He is the difference maker for the bengals, he missed the first matchup with fractured hip. Burrows favorite wideout does more than just catch passes, he makes team game plans and accounts for him every play. The first matchup was the Bengals first game without Chase and they didn’t know how defenses would play against them with Chase out of the lineup.

On defense the Bengals got back their star defensive tackle DJ Reader a 6-Foot-3 327 pound run stopper. In the first bout Nick Chubb ran for 101 yards and two TD’s, against Reader he only ran for 34 yards. Plus in the pass game CB Cam Taylor-Britt sealed the game with a 4th down pass break up in the end zone VS Donovan Peoples-Jones.

The Bengals now won five straight games tying the Baltimore Ravens for first place in the AFC North. In the coming weeks the bengals face Buffalo and Baltimore with the hope to capture the AFC North title or even the top seed in the whole AFC.