Last season, Cincinnati played in the Super Bowl. And this year, the Bengals are qualified for the play-offs before playing New England on Saturday (7 p.m.) during the 16th day of the NFL. But were Joe Burrow and his teammates as individually decisive as last season?
Joe Burrow (quarterback)In 2021: 2nd pro season. 4,611 yards and 34 touchdowns. Bowl No Pro
This season, Joe Burrow (26) remained the conductor of the Cincinnati Bengals. He has 3,885 yards and 31 touchdown passes. If he throws on average fewer yards per game, compared to the previous year, he is, however, ahead in terms of TD’s. Burrow signed a game over 400 yards (for the fifth time in his short career). He also runs more with the ball in hand. This season, the Cincinnati quarterback has already scored five touchdowns (compared to two last year). He was selected for the Pro Bowl for the first time.
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Joe Mixon (running back)In 2021: 5th pro season. 1,205 yards and 13 touchdowns. Elected to the Pro Bowl
Joe Mixon (26) was less efficient than last season. So far, he has 722 yards and six rushing touchdowns. Mixon will not be going to the Pro Bowl this year. However, he missed two games due to a concussion. Joe Mixon has exceeded the 100-yard mark only once. But what a game! On November 6, against Carolina, he ran for 153 yards and scored four TD’s (plus a fifth on reception). Mixon also remains a target for Joe Burrow. He caught 48 balls and scored twice in this way.
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Ja’Marr Chase (wide receiver)In 2021: 1st pro season. 1,455 yards and 13 touchdowns. Elected to the Pro Bowl
Ja’Marr Chase (22)’s season has been disrupted by a hip injury, which caused him to miss four games. He has so far 881 yards and eight touchdowns. If he should not beat his excellent individual stats for the 2021 season, he can hope to exceed the bar of 1,000 yards and 10 TD’s. And Chase is getting more yards per game. In October, he had achieved a sacred double, gaining 132 yards against New Orleans, then 130 against Atlanta the following week. Ja’Marr Chase was invited to the Pro Bowl.
Tee Higgins (wide receiver)In 2021: 2nd pro season. 1,091 yards and 6 touchdowns. Bowl No Pro
Ja’Marr Chase absent for a few weeks, Tee Higgins (23) did not take the opportunity to escape and become the Bengals’ No. 1 receiver. He still has a very good record, with 894 yards and six touchdowns scored. Higgins averages more yards per game than Chase. November 20, against Pittsburgh, he had collected 148. While his team still has three games to play in the regular season, Tee Higgins is on a good footing to exceed 1,000 yards. But the Pro Bowl still refuses him.
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Trey Hendrickson (defensive end)In 2021: 5th pro season. 14 bags. Elected to the Pro Bowl
Trey Hendrickson (28) scored less this season, in terms of sacks. He only has six at the moment. But he remained a fierce defender and was rewarded for it, receiving another invitation to the Pro Bowl. On September 25, against the New York Jets, Hendrickson was also named best defender of the weekend, with 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. On December 11, the defender of the Bengals had broken a wrist … but had continued to play. He should be on the field on Saturday, protected by a brace.
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