Bengals Get Chances In First Half, But Can't Make Philly Pay

by 24USATVSept. 27, 2020, 9 p.m. 26
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_One of the Bengals' longest plays of the first half came on the most frightening when Eagles defensive tackle Malik Jackson knocked out Burrow for one play during what was pretty much a brutal first 30 minutes for the Cincinnati offense. Their longest play was that 19-yarder to Tate (their longest to a wide receiver all year) and running back Joe Mixon had 30 yards rushing on nine carries.

_With about 11 minutes left in the half, Burrow rolled out left and encountered pressure. When he rolled back to the middle field, as he hit wide receiver Tyler Boyd for a nine-yard pass Jackson lifted Burrow into the air with a hellacious whiplash shot as he went to the ground that resulted in a 15-yard roughing penalty.

Back-up quarterback Ryan Finley handed off to Mixon for a two-yard gain while trainers hovered over Burrow. Burrow then showed his trademark toughness by taking the snap on third-and-eight. But tight end Drew Sample couldn't block Eagles end Derek Barnett as the Bengals gave up their second sack of the day.

_The Bengals tied it at 3 midway through the second quarter, but no thanks to the offense. The Eagles were having their own problems with tight end Dallas Goedert sustaining an injury and Bengals edge rusher Carl Lawson, giving left tackle Jason Peters fits all half, logged a third-down sack of Wentz for their second sack of the half.

But after a good Alex Erickson punt return and a 15-yard roughing call put the Bengals on the Philly 38, the Bengals couldn't get a first down. On first down center Trey Hopkins was called for a false start and when Burrow came out in an empty back-field set he called timeout when he saw the Eagles defense.

They couldn't get it back. On third-and-long, Burrow rolled out right but Green and Boyd couldn't get open working against three DBs it.

The Bengals defense, having a pretty good day until the last snafu, were all over Wentz on the second series. But their failure to take him to the ground was deadly and turned into the first score of the game, Jake Elliott's chip-shot field goal on the first play of the second quarter. The Eagles went up 3-0 with 99 yards of offense to just 29 for the Bengals.

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