It took former LSU All-American quarterback Joe Burrow one full season in Cincinnati to make his impact felt.
Burrow, who suffered a season-ending knee ACL injury in his rookie season, completed 30 of 39 passes for 466 yards and 4 TDs to lead the Bengals to a 34-31 victory Sunday over the Kansas City Chiefs. The four touchdowns broke the franchise’s single-game mark of three held by Andy Dalton.
Cincinnati (10-6) captured the AFC North Division and qualified for the playoffs for the first time in six years.
Burrow’s top target – fellow LSU alum J’Marr Chase – put on a record-breaking show to help Cincinnati overcome a 28-14 halftime deficit. Chase finished with 11 catches for 266 yards and 3 TDs, giving him the NFL rookie receiving yardage record (1,429) over former LSU teammate Justin Jefferson (1,400) which he set last year with the Minnesota Vikings.
“That’s why we picked him,” Cincinnati head coach Zac Taylor said of Chase. “The chemistry that he and Joe (Burrow) have together has probably helped accelerate his performance. He’s a great player for any team, but I think that certainly helps. The plays he made today; I cannot wait to watch them. A lot of them happened on the opposite sideline, so I didn’t really get to see how it played out. But I thought all of our guys stepped up and made the plays we needed today. Not just on offense, but defense — we held them to only three points in the second half. Just tremendous effort by this entire football team.”
In the same game former LSU running back Darrel Williams led Kansas City with 14 carries for 88 yards and a pair of touchdowns to fill the void for an injured Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Tyrann Mathieu added six tackles for the Chiefs.
Buffalo Bills 29, Atlanta Falcons 15
Falcons: WR Russell Gage 3 catches on 5 targets for 50 yards; LB Deion Jones 8 tackles (6 solo).
Bills: LS Blake Ferguson snapped 3 times; going 3 of 3 on extra points, CB Tre’Davious White (Out for season with knee injury).
Cincinnati Bengals 34, Kansas City Chiefs 31
Chiefs: RB Darrel Williams 14 carries for 88 yards and 2 TDs, 3 catches on 3 targets for 19 yards; DB Tyrann Mathieu 6 tackles (4 solo), RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire (inactive).
Bengals: QB Joe Burrow 30 of 39 passing for 446 yards and 4 TDs), 5 carries, 10 yards, WR J’Marr Chase 11 catches on 12 targets for 266 yards and 3 TDs, DT Tyler Shelvin (inactive), TE Thad Moss (practice squad).
Tennessee Titans 34, Miami Dolphins 3
Titans: DB Kristian Fulton 3 tackles (3 solo), 2 passes defended, WR Racey McMath No stats. LB Tory Carter (Injured reserve).
Dolphins: LS Blake Ferguson. Had a total of 6 snaps with 4 on punts and 2 on field goals, LB Duke Riley 1 tackle.
Las Vegas Raiders 23, Indianapolis Colts 20
Raiders: TE Foster Moreau 1 catch on 1 target, 9 yards.
New England Patriots 50, Jacksonville Jaguars 10
Patriots: CB Jalen Mills 4 tackles (3 solo), 2 passes defended, DT Davon Godchaux 2 tackles.
Jaguars: LB K’Lavon Chaisson (Reserve COVID-19 list), WR DJ Chark Jr. fractured his left ankle and is out for the season; OT Badara Traore No stats, QB Danny Etling (practice squad).
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 28, New York Jets 24
Buccaneers: LB Kevin Minter 5 tackles (3 solo), LB Devin White 2 tackles, QB Hit, WR Cyril Grayson 6 catches on 8 targets and 81 yards and a TD, CB Rashard Robinson No stats, RB Leonard Fournette (Injured reserve).
Philadelphia Eagles 28, Washington 16
Eagles: CB Kary Vincent: Did not play, LB JaCoby Stevens 1 tackle.
Washington: OT Saadiq Charles: Did not play.
Los Angeles Rams 20, Baltimore Ravens 19
Rams: OT Andrew Whitworth started for an offensive line that helped generate 373 total yards on 56 plays (6.7 per play) and allowed 1 sack for minus-9 yards. WR Odell Beckham Jr. 5 catches on 7 targets, 37 yards and a TD.
Ravens: LB Patrick Queen 1 tackles (1 solo).
Los Angeles Chargers 34, Denver Broncos 13
Chargers: DT Breiden Fehoko: No stats.
Broncos: C Lloyd Cushenberry started for an offensive line that helped produce 319 total yards on 56 plays for an average of 5.7 yards per play. Also allowed 1 sack for minus-10 yards.
San Francisco 49ers 23, Houston Texans 7
49ers: DE Arden Key 4 QB hits, 1 tackle, 1 sack, 1 TFL.
Arizona Cardinals 25, Dallas Cowboys 22
Cardinals: DT Rashard Lawrence 1 tackle.
Cowboys: OL La’el Collins Started for an offensive line that generated 301 yards on 57 plays (5.3 yards per play). Also allowed 1 sack for minus-1 yard. LB Jabril Cox (injured reserve).
New Orleans Saints 18, Carolina Panthers 10
Panthers: DB Donte’ Jackson no stats, WR Terrace Marshall 2 catches on 2 targets for 16 yards, DT Frank Herron (practice squad), TE Stephan Sullivan No stats.
Saints: OLB Kwon Alexander 8 tackles (6 solos), 2 QB hits; C William Clapp started and was part of an offensive line that generated 280 total yards on 58 plays (4.8 yards per play) and allowed two sacks for minus-15 yards. OT Jerald Hawkins (Practice squad).
Seattle Seahawks 51, Detroit Lions 10
Lions: DT Michael Brockers No stats.
Seahawks: C Ethan Pocic started for an offensive line that helped produced 497 total yards on 71 plays (7.0 yards per game), including 41 rushes for 265 yards with 1 sack for minus-4 yards, OG Damien Lewis (Reserve/COVID-19 list), DT Al Woods 1 tackles, 1 TFL, DB Jamal Adams (injured reserve).
Green Bay Packers 37, Minnesota Vikings 10
Vikings: WR Justin Jefferson caught 6 passes on 11 targets for 58 yards, DE Danielle Hunter (injured reserve), DE Tashawn Bower (inactive).
Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers
Steelers: OG Trai Turner.
Browns: WR Jarvis Landry, LB Jacob Phillips, DB Greedy Williams, DB Grant Delpit.
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