Joe Burrow, despite a lingering calf injury, displayed a remarkable performance, amassing 259 passing yards as the Cincinnati Bengals secured their first victory of the season by defeating the Los Angeles Rams 19-16 on Monday night. Discover Joe Burrow plays through injury, throws for a season-high 259 yards as Bengals beat the Rams 19-16.
In the third quarter, Joe Mixon’s 14-yard touchdown run propelled the reigning AFC North champions to their first lead of the season. Furthermore, Logan Wilson made two interceptions off Los Angeles quarterback Matthew Stafford, while the Bengals managed to sack Stafford six times.
Stafford managed to connect with Tutu Atwell for a 1-yard scoring pass with just over a minute left in the game. The subsequent successful PAT narrowed the Rams’ deficit to three points. However, the Bengals secured the win as Mitchell Wilcox recovered the ensuing onside kick. Throughout the game, Joe Burrow appeared to improve steadily and completed passes to nine different receivers.
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Burrow’s participation in the Monday Night Football game was uncertain until just before kickoff. The star quarterback had been grappling with a calf injury but showed no apparent discomfort during warmups, taking the field for the Bengals’ first offensive series. Burrow initially suffered this injury early in training camp and worsened it during the Bengals’ previous loss to Baltimore. He returned to limited practice on Thursday and the team listed him as questionable on Saturday.
Cincinnati’s Exceptional Defense
Cincinnati’s Ja’Marr Chase delivered a standout performance, making 12 catches for 141 yards, including a crucial 43-yard reception during a third-quarter drive that led to one of Evan McPherson’s four successful field goals in the game. The Cincinnati defense was exceptional, with defensive end Trey Hendrickson sacking Stafford twice and Wilson intercepting him once in each half.
Stafford’s passing performance yielded 18 completions out of 39 attempts for 269 yards as the Rams slipped to a 1-2 record. Injury-wise, Rams offensive lineman Alaric Jackson left the game late in the first half due to a thigh injury and did not return. Additionally, offensive lineman Joe Noteboom exited in the third quarter due to a knee injury and did not rejoin the game.
Looking ahead, the Rams are scheduled to face the Indianapolis Colts (2-1) on Sunday, while the Bengals will play against the Tennessee Titans (1-2) next Sunday.