In last night’s edition of Monday Night Football, the Cincinnati Bengals beat the Los Angeles Rams 19-16 at Paul Brown Stadium.
The Bengals were led to their first victory of the early season by banged-up quarterback Joe Burrow.
Joe Burrow’s Injury
Burrow sustained a right calf injury when participating in a drill on July 27 during training camp. Against the Rams, Burrow managed to complete 26-of-49 passes for 259 yards and have one interception. He shared an injury update following the game.
Bengals Show Up
The Bengals win can also heavily be accredited to plays made by Ja’Marr Chase, Joe Mixon and former Florida Gator Evan McPherson.
Wide Receiver Ja’Marr Chase finished Monday’s game against the Rams with 12 catches for 141 yards. During a third-quarter drive, Chase caught a 43-yard pass, the Bengals’ longest play of the season.
The play led to the third of four field goals by McPherson. The Cincinnati Bengals kicker went 4-for-5, including two 50+ yard field goals.
The Bengals lone touchdown came in the 3rd quarter, giving Cincinnati its first lead of the game, 13-9. Running back Joe Mixon picked up the score on a 14-yard run.
The Rams Struggle
The Rams continue the season without their starting wide receiver Cooper Kupp. On Aug. 1, Kupp sustained a hamstring injury during practice and has been ruled out of play until Week 5.
Against the Bengals, wide receiver Tutu Atwell stepped up in the fourth quarter, scoring the team’s only touchdown of the game. Atwell caught a one-yard pass from QB Matthew Stafford making it a three-point game with just over a minute to play.
Following Atwell’s Touchdown, the Rams were unable to convert the onside kick, ultimately losing the game. Head coach Sean McVay shared his thoughts after the game wrapped up.
Stafford ended with 269 passing yards and a touchdown, but did throw two interceptions in the loss.
What to Expect in Week 4
Both teams are set to play away games this week.