Ja’Marr Chase had a chip on his shoulder after not getting the production he feels he deserved the first two games of the season, but last night made up for it. After two weeks, Chase had just 10 catches for 70 yards. Those numbers were more than doubled last night with 12 catches for 141 yards, a career-high in receptions for the young superstar.
Joe Burrow was questionable going into Monday night’s game with a calf injury, but he played, and he fed the ball to Chase like he said he was going to. The game was nothing like the Miami game, as far as excitement goes, but as things started to go in the right direction, the game became more exciting. Who doesn’t love watching Chase make some amazing catches?
One of the most important things in any sport is having that connection with your team. Burrow and Chase demonstrated last night what can happen when you trust each other and put in the work to build that trust and rapport. Some of the plays may not have been pretty, but they were on the same page and could literally make something out of nothing.
Did the 19-16 win last night show that the Bengals have started their charge to a winning season? They lost their first two games of the season last year to the Steelers and Cowboys but came back to play in the AFC Championship, only to lose to the Chiefs. If Burrow can keep feeding Chase, they have a good chance to do it again.