Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow violates that Pittsburgh Steelers defense. Head coach Zac Taylor emphasized how much he wanted to change the culture since he took over the Bengals in 2019. While it has been a process, the Bengals are looking for more tangible evidence of the cultural shift. Sunday’s victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers on the road was an example of a culture shift. It shows the Bengals while rebuilding is moving in the right direction as they attempt to gain traction and improve every season.
The young electrifying Burrow is helping shape the culture alongside with Ja’Marr Chase and other great role players on that offense. The chemistry these two have also played a huge effect on their early success in the 2021 season.
Burrow and Chase’s Connection
These two helped LSU win a national title in 2019. They connected on a pair of touchdown passes as the Bengals defeat the Steelers for the first time since 2015, per ESPN.
“We’re starting to understand how to win,” Burrow said. “… It’s an exciting time to be a fan of the Bengals and we’re just going to keep this rolling.”
Chase noticed the Steelers defensive back was turning his hips too late within the cuts whenever he went deep. Chase spoke to Burrow about it privately on the sideline, and Burrow responded by lobbing a dime to Chase seconds before the half. Burrow went on to throw for 172 yards three touchdowns and an interception. He recorded a 123% quarterback rating for his performance against the Steelers.
“It was a hell of a throw by Joe,” Chase said. “He laid me out forward, not behind, not a jump ball … but in front of me and that’s what a receiver wants. To make an extended catch as I did, it was perfect timing.”
The Bengals Are Better Than Advertised
The Bengals defense stepped up big in this outing against Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. They failed to protect Burrow and get to Big Ben last November when they met. The Steelers were undermanned as their two best pass rushers didn’t play due to injuries. This may explain, why they broke the streak of 75 games of having a sack. They allowed Burrow to go all game untouched and as a result, he went 14 for 18. While also allowing the relentless Bengals pass rush to get to Big Ben four times and intercepted twice.
“We’ve got to be better, man,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said . “We’re not putting ourselves in a position to win playing the way we played today.”