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Week In Review: Optimism Surrounds Burrow

Cincinnati Bengals
19 Sep 2020, 21:58 GMT+10

Michael LaPlaca

In his first NFL prime-time game and second start, Bengals rookie quarterback Joe Burrow won over everybody but the scoreboard in the 35-30 loss to the Browns in Cleveland Thursday night. Burrow was 37-of-61 passing for 316 yards and three touchdowns.

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Browns, Clock Run Out On Bengals, 35-30

Burrow, on his way to three touchdown passes in his first prime-time game, swashbuckled his team back into the game with 5:55 left. But on the ensuing possession the Browns' 1-2 ground punch of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt gashed the Cincinnati defense and put away the 35-30 victory.

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Reader: 'That Can't Happen,' As Browns Bury Bengals On Ground

In the 62 games Bengals nose tackle D.J. Reader played for the Texans before coming over here, his proud and perennial playoff Texans defense had allowed more than 200 yards rushing just twice. And not until the last month of last season. So when the Browns put 215 yards on the Bengals in Thursday night's game, Reader didn't take it too well.

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Bill Willis and Paul Brown Still A Presence At Bengals-Browns

Bill Willis, who along with his head coach, Paul Brown, helped break pro football's color line when they were in Cleveland, always seemed to get an invite to a Bengals-Browns game in Cincinnati. As the NFL celebrated its 100th anniversary Thursday, the sons reflected on their fathers.

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Burrow's Finish Kicked As Chargers Prevail

The week began with a home contest against the Los Angeles Chargers in another close call. After wide receiver A.J. Green was called for pass interference against cornerback Casey Hayward, Jr., with seven seconds left to nullify a perfect winning touchdown pass from Burrow, Randy Bullock missed the tying 31-yard field goal to the right while suffering a left calf injury in the Chargers' 16-13 victory Sunday in the opener at Paul Brown Stadium.

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Other Noteworthy Items

Thursday's game at Cleveland was the first time Bengals President Mike Brown did not travel with the team in 824 games. Bengals fan cutouts raised $34,000 for local charities. Find out from Dan Hoard, Dave Lapham and Geoff Hobson about the encouraging signs they've seen from the Bengals this week.

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