No. 1 total draft decide Joe Burrow’s NFL debut led to heartbreak because the Los Angeles Chargers held on for a dramatic win over the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium.
Burrow accomplished 23 of 36 passes for 193 yards and an interception within the 16-13 loss Sunday in Cincinnati. The LSU product made a rookie mistake on a fourth-quarter interception, however, confirmed spectacular composure down the stretch and almost led Cincinnati to a comeback victory.
“At the end of the day, I made too many mistakes to win the game,” Burrow advised reporters. “We just didn’t make enough plays.”
Burrow linked with large receiver A.J. Green for what gave the impression to be a 3-yard landing with 12 seconds remaining, however, the play was nullified on account of an offensive cross-interference penalty referred to as on Green. The rating would have given the Bengals a 19-16 benefit. Bengals kicker Randy Bullock adopted the play with a missed area objective, which gave the win to the Chargers as a substitute of forcing extra time.
“We weren’t playing well on offense, but we started to get a rhythm going,” Burrow mentioned. “I thought we were going to win the game…but things didn’t fall our way. We just made too many mistakes.”
Burrow gave himself a “D” letter grade for his rookie debut.
Neither offensive might get going early on. The recreation started with six consecutive punts earlier than Burrow ran for a 23-yard landing with 2:30 remaining within the first quarter. Chargers kicker Michael Badgley made two second-quarter area targets to make the rating 7-6 at halftime.
Bullock made two area targets within the third quarter to extend the Bengals result in 13-6. The Chargers then put collectively a 10-play, 55-yard scoring drive at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Running again Joshua Kelley scored a five-yard speeding landing on the finish of the drive to tie the sport at 13-13.
The Bengals operating again Joe Mixon fumbled on the web drive. Badgley then made one other area objective to present the Chargers a three-point lead with 8:59 remaining.
Burrow then marched the Bengals to the Chargers 23-yard line earlier than he tried to pitch the ball to operating again Giovani Bernard, however, the toss was picked off by Chargers defender Melvin Ingram. The Bengals then protection pressured a three-and-out from the Chargers on the following drive to present the ball again to Burrow.
The Bengals rookie orchestrated a 14-play, 84-yard drive earlier than the late penalty, and missed kick resulted in his first professional loss.
“Joe is an excellent quarterback,” Chargers coach Anthony Lynn mentioned. “He is young. We were getting to him early. We had a couple of sacks, but he bounced back.”
Chargers quarterback Tyrod Taylor accomplished 16 of 30 passes for 208 yards within the win. Chargers operating again Austin Ekeler had 19 carries for 84 speeding yards. Joey Bosa, Uchenna Nwosu, and Jerry Tillery every had sacks within the win.
Mixon had 19 carries for 69 speeding yards within the loss. Green had 5 catches for 51 yards for the Bengals.
“[Burrow] kept his composure and moved on to the next snap,” Bengals coach Zac Taylor mentioned. “He made some critical plays down the stretch that put us in a position to win or tie the game.”
The Chargers host the Kansas City Chiefs at 4:25 p.m. EDT Sunday at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif. The Bengals battle the Cleveland Browns at 8:20 p.m. EDT Thursday at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland.