Everyone is familiar with the phrase big-time players step up in big-time games. With the AFC North Division title on the line for the Cincinnati Bengals at home against the Kansas City Chiefs, Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase destructed the Chiefs defense with 11 receptions for 266 yards receiving and three touchdowns in a 34-31 win for Cincinnati over Kansas City.
His case for the Offensive Rookie of the Year award should be over after this performance. He totally torched the Kansas City Chiefs defense and their defenders basically threw their hands up in the air all game long. Ja’Marr Chase uses his big body frame and totally uses it to shield his defenders.
If this latest performance by him doesn’t win him this award, I don’t know what will. Chase has made a much bigger impact on his football team this year than quarterback Mac Jones of the New England Patriots has.
The Cincinnati Bengals went from worst to first in the AFC North, largely to the Joe Burrow to Ja’Marr Chase connection. Burrow completed 30-of-39 passes for 446 yards and four touchdowns. He has played well in the last two football games ever since being snubbed from the Pro Bowl as an AFC quarterback.
Chase’s three touchdowns were 72 yards (first quarter), 18 yards (second quarter), and 69 yards (third quarter). He also caught a third-and-27 pass in the fourth quarter that also led to the eventual game-winning 20-yard field goal by Evan McPherson as time expired.
Ja’Marr Chase also had big games against the Baltimore Ravens, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and other opponents. This Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase connection is one of the reasons why the Cincinnati Bengals are AFC North Champions and this is going to be a dynamic duo for the next decade. A Super Bowl could be in their future.
Ja’Marr Chase is already a Top 10 wide receiver in the NFL and there was a reason why he was voted to the Pro Bowl this season and not quarterback Mac Jones of the New England Patriots.
The Cincinnati Bengals (10-6) next football game will be on the road against the Cleveland Browns (7-8) next Sunday.
The Kansas City Chiefs (11-5) next football game will be on the road against the Denver Broncos (7-8) next Sunday and Kansas City is currently the number two seed in the AFC with the loss and the Tennessee Titans (11-5) are currently the number one seed in the AFC.
-Glenn Kaplan, 12oz Sports Contributor, Live Monday’s at 3 p.m. ET & Thursday at 11 a.m. ET on 12oz Sports
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