Last season, the Cincinnati Bengals lost five games by five points or less.
Getting the breaks during winning time might have given them favorable results.
Still, their 10-7 record after the regular season was astounding, considering Joe Burrow absorbed 51 sacks through 16 games.
But the narrative repeats itself in 2022 after the Bengals suffered two defeats via field goals.
Chris Boswell drilled the game-winning kick in overtime to lead the Pittsburgh Steelers past the Bengals in Week 1.
Those two results prompted Burrow to address the Bengals fans and his squad.
Bengals QB Joe Burrow on not panicking after an 0-2 start: "Let's all just take a deep breath and relax. We're going to be fine."
— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) September 21, 2022
ESPN’s Ben Baby tweeted, “Bengals QB Joe Burrow on not panicking after an 0-2 start: ‘Let’s all just take a deep breath and relax. We’re going to be fine.'”
Bengals Offensive Line Remains A Void
But while they have lost by only six total points, Burrow’s protection is a major concern.
For now, those additions are not working because Burrow has been sacked 13 times in two games.
The Steelers had seven sacks on Burrow, three coming from linebacker Alex Highsmith.
Shaky play from their offensive line affects their run game and Burrow’s time to throw.
The Bengals can only hope for those players upfront to make it work as the season progresses.
While there are still 15 games left, Cincinnati hopes their line will become impenetrable sooner than later.
Otherwise, Burrow will be thrown off his game, leading to more trouble for the Bengals.