LAS VEGAS –– Since the Cincinnati Bengals drafted quarterback Joe Burrow, the weight of the franchise has rested on Burrow’s shoulders. Whenever the Bengals had won a game over the last two years, it was almost always because the No. 1 pick delivered in the most important spots of the game with a crucial fourth down conversion, a 50-yard pass or a touchdown throw on the run.
Before Sunday’s game against the Las Vegas Raiders, the Bengals had never won a game where Burrow struggled.
Burrow played one of his worst games of the season against the Raiders on Sunday and had a career-low 148 passing yards. He forced throws into windows that were too tight, didn’t pick up pressure from the Raiders defense and fumbled the ball on the first drive of the game. In the fourth quarter, Burrow nearly threw an interception in the red zone.
The rest of the Bengals roster picked the quarterback up and led the Bengals to a 32-13 win over the Raiders.
Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon scores a touchdown during the second quarter Sunday against the Raiders in Las Vegas.
At the end of the first half, one play after Burrow missed a throw to an open Ja’Marr Chase, Burrow was crushed by two Raiders defensive linemen on a 10-yard sack. Burrow was slow to get up, and he hopped for his first few steps toward the sideline.
In any other game this season, that would have been it for the Bengals hopes of winning.
In Week 1, Burrow made the game-winning throw in overtime against the Minnesota Vikings. In Week 3 and in Week 6, Burrow’s connection with Chase overwhelmed the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Detroit Lions’ defenses. In Week 4 and in Week 7, Burrow played a near-perfect half that carried the Bengals to a victory.
Against the Raiders on Sunday, there wasn’t a moment where Burrow snapped into a rhythm and made a game-winning play. This time, the rest of the Bengals roster carried the team across the finish line.
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) is sacked in…