Hampton's Tyrod Taylor, Chargers beat Bengals

Ruben Hill
September 16, 2020

Burrow, of course, wasn't impressed. They were competitive against a good Chargers team and a worse version of the Bengals lost by eight and beat the Browns in the two meetings last season. Ends Joey Bosa and Ingram, along with tackles Linval Joseph and Jerry Tillery repeatedly harassed the Cincinnati rookie. Burrow did have an impact on the ground as he rushed for 46 yards and a touchdown.

"It never should have come down to that for us", coach Zac Taylor said Monday.

The Bengals took a low-risk approach with Burrow, using a lot of short passes.

Burrow led the Bengals on a 14-play, 69-yard drive while trailing by three points with less than four minutes remaining.

Admittedly, the Chargers' offense is not expected to exactly be the NFL's best. Philip Rivers is gone with journeyman Tyrod Taylor as his replacement.

Taylor, who has had stints with Baltimore, Buffalo and Cleveland, was a mundane 16 for 30 for 208 yards.

Overall, however, the Bengals held the Chargers to a touchdown and three field goals. Los Angeles gained 362 yards.

Once that call was made, the Bengals lined up for a 31-yard field goal to try and force overtime, but Randy Bullock missed the chip shot.

Defense. The Bengals overhauled a unit that was one of the league's worst, replacing five starters in the offseason. Linebacker Germaine Pratt, a third-round pick out of North Carolina State in 2019, led the way with 12 tackles.

Cleveland once again has high hopes heading into 2020, but their start was less than ideal as they went into Baltimore and suffered a 38-6 demolition.

Both the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals are coming off losses in Week 1.

One of Cincinnati's two 2019 wins came against Cleveland, 33-23 in the final home game of the season. It's just another disappointing performance from the Cleveland Browns. He didn't make the typical rookie mistakes and only threw one interception.

The reigning Heisman has the opportunity to set himself up for a huge career by piecing together a strong opening season.

Cincinnati Bengals kicker Randy Bullock (4) reacts after missing a game tying field goal during the second half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Cincinnati. Burrow overthrew open receivers John Ross and A.J. Green for what would have been touchdowns. The guess here is it won't be long before he's hitting on those throws.

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