The reigning AFC champion Cincinnati Bengals are officially back. Cincinnati’s offense was humming all day long, with the team pulling away from the Atlanta Falcons and never looking back. They coasted down the stretch in the second half for an easy 35-17 win in Week 7.
Offensive spotlight: Joe Burrow put together his most prolific performance of the season, going 34-of-42 for 482 yards and three scores in an absolute masterclass of a performance. He racked up three big-time throws and no turnover-worthy plays, as well. Arguably the biggest difference between Burrow now and early in the season is a clean pocket. He was pressured on only nine of his 45 dropbacks.
Defensive spotlight: The Falcons' secondary was under siege on Sunday, with second-year safety Richie Grant having a tough day at the office, in particular. He allowed catches on both of his targets for 64 yards and a score. Cornerback Darren Hall may have even been worse, as he allowed catches on all seven of his targets for 98 yards and a score.
Rookie spotlight: Rookie left guard Cordell Volson had arguably his best game as a pro. On 43 pass-blocking snaps, he allowed just one pressure. It was the third game this season where he’s allowed one or fewer pressures.
Offensive line spotlight: After a slow start to the season, the Bengals' offensive line has completely turned it around as of late. They combined to allow only seven pressures, with no single player allowing more than two. That’s a far cry from other points this season.
|Marcus Mariota||12.06||8 / 13||124||9.5||1||0|
|Joe Burrow||42.24||34 / 42||481||11.5||3||0|