Joe Burrow had a “Welcome to the NFL” moment Thursday night.
Despite tossing for 316 yards and a trio of touchdowns on 37-of-61 passing, the Cincinnati Bengals fell to 0-2 on the season following a 35-30 loss to the division rival Cleveland Browns.
The former LSU star quarterback, in just his second professional start, led the Bengals on scoring drives on each of the team’s final three possessions of the game, including a pair of fourth quarter touchdown passes over the last six minutes. His 9-yard touchdown strike to Tyler Boyd brought Cincy to within five points with under a minute to play, but it wasn’t quite enough to pull off a comeback.
The loss comes just four days after Burrow led the Bengals’ offense down the field against the Chargers, setting them up for a potential game-tying field goal, only to see the field goal attempt sail wide right.