A phrase trending on Twitter certainly didn’t stop the Cincinnati Bengals from passing the Pittsburgh Steelers.
During the Bengals’ 37-30 triumph over AFC North rivals the Steelers on November 20, quarterback Joe Burrow was sacked twice. CBS sports reporter AJ Ross shared the information during the live broadcast of the game. accidentally say “suck” instead of “sack”.
“…is going to take the Bengals off the field pretty quickly with that Joe Burrow sucker, or rather sack,” Ross said, setting off a whirlwind of conspiracy theories from Bengals fans.
“The reporter just said ‘Joe Burrow sucks’ on live TV, but yeah, this crew isn’t biased [sic],” @BengalsSheriff said.
“Anyone else tired of these announcers who are so negative and anti-Bengalis? Also, the reporter on the sidelines said Joe Burrow sucked and then quickly corrected himself and said Sack.” Added @Kaitlyn_Degaro.
Many Bengals fans also noted that Ross, a two-time Emmy winner who covered news in Columbus and Cleveland before landing on CBS, is originally from Pittsburgh.
Lol “Joe Burrow sucks” ? pic.twitter.com/EKm4V1Eq11
— KB (@dudelsack47) November 20, 2022
However, Ross’ slip had no effect on Burrow, who threw four touchdown passes and mustered 338 yards—including his 10,000. passing yard in his career in the first half.
“That was great, that was great. One of my favorite wins since I’ve been here,” Burrow told reporters in a post-game wrap.
Burrow had plenty of help from wide receiver Tee Higgins, who became crucial after Joe Mixon left the game with a head injury. Higgins completed nine passes for 148 yards, a high of the season. Burrow also found running back Samaje Perine for three of his touchdown passes, a new Bengals record for the position. Also joining the action was kicker Evan McPherson, who hit a three-pointer early in the first quarter and hit 54-yard and 44-yard field goals in the third and fourth quarters, respectively.
Bengals head coach Zac Taylor praised the team’s offense on the road.
“I really thought they did a great job. And you know, it gave us time. It’s a great front,” Taylor said. “They put a lot of pressure. They did a really great job with the protection plan and communication throughout the game in a difficult environment – a difficult, noisy environment.”
Thanks to the excitement on Sunday, fans can fill their bellies on November 21st. As the regional chili chain has done in the past, Gold Star is giving fans a free regular 3-, 4- or 5-way cheese with the purchase of another of equal or greater value the day after the Bengals win. The Who Dey Way promotion is good all season long, whether the win is on home turf or elsewhere. The promotion is available at all Gold Star locations for drive-in, carry-out, dine-in and online; Mention the Who Dey Way special when ordering.
The Bengals, now 6-4, will face the Tennessee Titans in Week 12. Cincinnati last met Tennessee in January and secured a spot in the AFC Championship, thanks in part to a magical last-second 52-yard field goal from McPherson. Taylor says beating the Titans (7-3) won’t necessarily be easy.
“I’m really happy with today, but that doesn’t mean we’ll be happy with next Sunday,” said Taylor. “We have seven days of work to put in to play a really good Tennessee Titans team on the road. And it’s probably going to be a similar style in terms of physicality that we faced today.”
The Bengals/Titans game will be played on November 27th at Nissan Stadium in Nashville. Kick-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. CBS will broadcast the game.
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