Joe Burrow throws 3 straight interceptions as Bengals fall to Bears

CHICAGO –– When the Cincinnati Bengals won the team’s opener for the 2021 season, it looked like anything was possible for the Bengals’ offense. Running back Joe Mixon led the NFL in rushing yards. Wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase was named Rookie of the Week. The offensive tackles did not allow a single pressure.

But in Week 2, the Bengals lost 20-17 to the Chicago Bears. And the Bengals’ offense didn’t find a rhythm until the last five minutes of the game.

Before that, the Bengals offense was on the verge of having one of its worst games of the past two seasons. Chase only opened the court towards the end. The offensive line allowed five sacks in the first three quarters.

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) looks to pass the ball against the Chicago Bears in the first quarter at Soldier Field on September 19.

Rookie kicker Evan McPherson put in a 53-yard field goal in the third quarter, but the Bengals didn’t cross the Bears’ 35-yard line before the Bears took a 14-point lead.

The Bears took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter thanks to a near-perfect push from quarterback Andy Dalton. The Bengals’ defense got saves in their next four discs, but the attack couldn’t find anything that worked.

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