The Cincinnati Bengals dropped their first two games last season, and then made it all the way to the AFC Championship Game.
This time feels a little different.
The biggest concern is the health of Joe Burrow, who threw two touchdown passes in the second half of Sunday’s 27-24 loss to Baltimore. The strong finish was a sign of progress for an offense that looked completely out of sorts during a Week 1 loss at Cleveland.
Bengals winless through Week 2, Joe Burrow aggravates calf injury
Nick Wright, Chris Broussard, Kevin Wildes and Greg Jennings discuss the Cincinnati Bengals after their loss vs. Baltimore Ravens in Week 2.
But Burrow, who missed most of training camp because of a strained right calf muscle, was limping at the end of the game against the Ravens. He said he “tweaked” his calf injury, and he wasn’t sure about the seriousness of it.
“I’ll give it a couple nights and a couple sleeps,” he said after the game. “We’ll go from there.”
Coach Zac Taylor didn’t know much more on Monday.
“He’s still sore today,” Taylor said. “He did it really one of the last three plays of the game probably, so it’s just sore. We haven’t done anything on the field yet.”
After throwing for a career-low 82 yards against the Browns, Burrow got off to another slow start. He had just 35 yards passing at halftime against the Ravens, who led 13-10 at the break.
Burrow found Tee Higgins for two short TD passes in the second half, but Lamar Jackson directed Baltimore on a couple of clock-eating drives. Burrow also threw a costly interception right in front of Baltimore’s goal line.
Burrow, 26, was recovering from an appendectomy at the beginning of last season, and that played into an uneven start for Cincinnati’s offense. The Bengals still finished with a 12-4 record and won the AFC North for the second straight year.
With the continuity with the roster and coaching staff, Burrow and the Bengals could put together another turnaround this season. But both of this year’s…
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Publish date : 2023-09-18 23:03:40
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