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NFL Week 7 Game Recap: Cincinnati Bengals 35, Atlanta Falcons 17

Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase (1) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons in the first half at Paycor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Box Score

Passing
Atlanta Falcons
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int
Marcus Mariota 12.06 8 / 13 124 9.5 1 0
Cincinnati Bengals
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int
Joe Burrow 42.24 34 / 42 481 11.5 3 0
Rushing
Atlanta Falcons
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long
Marcus Mariota 12.06 6 31 5.2 0 11
Tyler Allgeier 11 16 50 3.1 1 9
Caleb Huntley 2.2 6 22 3.7 0 10
Avery Williams 0.4 1 4 4 0 4
Cincinnati Bengals
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long
Joe Burrow 42.24 3 20 6.7 1 20
Joe Mixon 18.1 17 58 3.4 1 11
Samaje Perine 2.8 1 0 0 0 0
Receiving
Atlanta Falcons
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD
Damiere Byrd 14.5 1 1 75 75 1
Olamide Zaccheaus 6.1 4 3 31 7.8 0
Kyle Pitts 3.9 5 3 9 1.8 0
Drake London 1.9 1 1 9 9 0
Avery Williams 0.4 1 0 0 0 0
Cincinnati Bengals
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD
Ja'Marr Chase 36 11 8 130 11.8 2
Tyler Boyd 32.5 9 8 155 17.2 1
Joe Mixon 18.1 3 3 33 11 0
Tee Higgins 14.3 7 5 93 13.3 0
Hayden Hurst 10.8 8 6 48 6 0
Mitchell Wilcox 3.4 2 2 14 7 0
Samaje Perine 2.8 2 2 8 4 0

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