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Cincinnati Bengals QB Joe Burrow And Head Coach Zac Taylor Voice Concerns After Tough Win vs. New England Patriots

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This Christmas Eve saw the Cincinnati Bengals victorious against the New England Patriots, whom they beat 22-18. 

Most of the Bengal rookies were certainly able to get their feet wet in this hectic game. Cordell Volson had an almost perfect sheet as an offensive blocker, save for a lone penalty for illegal use of hands. It has already been anticipated that Volson will face strong opposition from Buffalo’s DaQuan Jones and Ed Oliver in the upcoming game on January 2nd.

Bengals defensive tackle Zach Carter gained his first half-sack in tandem with defensive end Joseph Ossai. The team was undoubtedly ready for New England’s running game, as they significantly reduced their forward play, forcing the Patriots to rely heavily on passes to advance across the field. The Bengals achieved a total of four quarterback sacks for the first time this season.

Cornerback Cam Taylor-Britt made one of his best plays of the season, but also made one of the worst, having found it very difficult to keep Pats wide receiver Kendrick Bourne in check. 

In the latter half of the game, Taylor-Britt seemed to have a little difficulty keeping tabs on both the Patriots quarterback Mac Jones, and Bourne near the end zone. Jones, of course, capitalized on this and Bourne was able to score a touchdown. This should prove a valuable lesson for Cam.

Dax Hill, the Bengals safety who is still recovering from a shoulder injury, didn’t see much action. It’s a humbling adjustment from playing 66 snaps as a starter, to only playing 6 in a game this year.

With the absence of defensive end Sam Hubbard, Trey Hendrickson and Cam Sample shouldered most of the responsibility he would have otherwise taken up. Although most snaps were played by Sample and Hendrickson (whose snaps were reduced due to a wrist injury), 53 and 24 snaps respectively, Bengal rookie Jeff Gunter was only there for 6.

Next Monday’s game against the Buffalo Bills has already begun to spark predictions among fans and critics alike, particularly with the legalization of Ohio sports betting set for the coming year.  This will present the perfect opportunity for Ohio fans to place wagers online or through retail outlets across the state, with sportsbooks set to roll out on New Year’s Day.

After the game, Bengals quarterback, Joe Burrow discussed the tough win.

“It was up and down, to say the least. I’m never going to apologize for winning,” he remarked. “Obviously, a lot of room to improve. The first half was about as good as it gets, and then after that we kind of shot ourselves in the foot over and over and over again. But found a way to do it.”

When asked if their poor execution of the second half took away from his joy, Burrow had this to say: 

“You try hard to not let it. I’ve only been in the league for three years, but I’ve played enough football to know that it’s hard to win in this league. So I’m fighting being upset when we go out and get a win and we have almost 500 yards of offense. So you balance those. 

Obviously, you’re upset when you don’t feel like you did everything you could on offense to score as many points as possible to make it easier on the team. But we also came out with a win. We’ve got a long weekend, so I’m not going to let it weigh me down. I’m going to enjoy it. We’re going to watch the film and make corrections.”

Bengals head coach Zac Taylor also expressed the need for refinement in the approaching game. 

“It wasn’t perfect at all times. There were some really good moments and some moments we’ve got to improve on. But at the end of the day, getting out of here with a win is a big deal,” the HC was quoted as saying. So we’re going to find a way to correct the negatives and focus on the positives and get ready for Monday night against Buffalo.”

“No matter what the moment is, whether we’re up or down, again, we’ve got to take advantage of every opportunity. Can’t let any opportunity slip through our fingers like a couple did today. Credit to them. They put pressure on us and forced us into situations where we didn’t handle it as well as we could have. 

“Hat’s off to them in that regard for getting themselves back in the game. I think we’re going to be happy with the win because they are so hard to come by, and after seven in a row, our guys have that confidence that we’re playing good football. Again, it’s going to take all of our efforts to get ready for Buffalo here.”

Nathan Cheatham

One of the hosts of the podcast, Nathan has been writing and editing football content for over three years. Him and some close friends have been building this IDP fantasy podcast for some time now, and improvements keep coming. Nathan is the founder of both the website and the podcast. The idea came from his work with other podcasts and websites, and partnering with his roommate.
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