For the third time in four years, the Bengals played on Thursday Night Football in Week 2 of the regular season, and their 35-30 defeat to the Cleveland Browns makes them 1-2 in those games.

Another loss in primetime stinks, but for once, it’s nice to know the quarterback wasn’t the main reason why that was so. There’s a lot more wrong with this Bengals team than there is right, and that’s why they’re here at 0-2.

Let’s go through tonight’s winners and losers.


Joe Burrow

Poise. Just major, major poise. When it looked completely lost in the first half, Burrow took 32 drop backs and still mustered a 52% success rate with a completion percentage nearly 10% greater than his expected completion percentage. And hey, first career passing touchdown! And it was a dime to C.J. Uzomah.

The game was put all on Burrow because it had to be. The Browns shut down the Bengals’ running game and while there were drives where the Bengals left points on the board, Burrow was impressive throughout. Everyone sees why he’s different, it’ll just take time to put it all together.