Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow’s 2021 season ended with a fourth-down pressure by Aaron Donald in Super Bowl LVI. Burrow’s 2022 season didn’t start any more auspiciously.
With 12:43 left in the first quarter of the Bengals’ home opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Burrow tried to hit receiver Tyler Boyd on second-and-15 from his own 17-yard line. It was second-and-15 because Cameron Heyward, the Steelers’ version of Donald, took Burrow down on first down.
Might take a minute for the Bengals’ new O-line to figure things out. First offensive play: pic.twitter.com/kyqgfiWVJj
— Doug Farrar ✍ (@NFL_DougFarrar) September 11, 2022
So, on second down, Burrow tried to get this going, with less than optimal results.
MINKAH FITZPATRICK PICK SIX.
FIRST TOUCHDOWN OF THE DAY.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 11, 2022
Clearly, Burrow didn’t see Steelers super-safety Minkah Fitzpatrick ready to close on the ball, and that’s just bad internal scouting. Fitzpatrick has had those kinds of plays on lock for years now.
In any event, not a great start for the defending AFC champs.