Cincinnati Bengals

Bengals’ offensive struggles continue in road loss at Tennessee

NASHVILLE, TN — The offensive struggles continued for the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday afternoon against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee.

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The Bengals gained only 171 yards of total offense and quarterback Joe Burrow was sacked three times in a 27-3 loss to the Titans.

Joe Burrow was held to 165 yards passing.

The Bengals fall to 1-3 this season and are now in last place in the AFC North.

Cincinnati remains one of two NFL teams not to score a first-half touchdown this season.

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The Bengals scored on their opening drive as Evan McPherson connected on a 21-yard field to take a 3-0 lead, but Tennessee responded with a drive that took nearly eight minutes off the first quarter clock that Nick Folk capped with a 53-yard field goal to tie the game at 3-3 after one quarter.

Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw a 38-yard pass to DeAndre Hopkins on third and seven to keep the drive alive with less than 7:30 to play in the second quarter. On the next play, he threw a 24-yard pass to Josh Whyle to advance the ball to the Bengals’ 13. Then, Tannehill found Nick Westbrook-Ikhine for a 13-yard touchdown pass to put Tennessee ahead, 10-3.

Cincinnati went three-and-out on their next series and Derrick Henry’s 29-yard touchdown run increased the lead to 17-3.

Right before halftime, Henry threw a two-yard touchdown pass to Whyle to extend the halftime advantage to 24-3.

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Tennessee took over 10 minutes off the clock to start the second half and a 35-yard field by Folk to go up, 27-3.

The Bengals were at the Titan 37-yard-line, but Burrow was sacked and fumbled, and the Titans recovered. That ended any thoughts of a Cincinnati comeback.

Cincinnati will look to get back on track next Sunday when they travel out west to play the Arizona Cardinals.

Kickoff is at 4:05 p.m. on October 8.