The Cincinnati Bengals Crushed the Atlanta Falcons, so Fans Get Free Gold Star Chili Monday

The game had plenty of historic offensive and defensive milestones.

click to enlarge Defensive end Sam Hubbard of the Cincinnati Bengals celebrates during a game against the Atlanta Falcons at Paycor Stadium on Oct. 23, 2022. - Photo: twitter.com/bengals
Photo: twitter.com/bengals
Defensive end Sam Hubbard of the Cincinnati Bengals celebrates during a game against the Atlanta Falcons at Paycor Stadium on Oct. 23, 2022.

Joe Burrow is finding his groove, and the city is benefiting from it.

The Cincinnati Bengals topped the Atlanta Falcons 35-17 at Paycor Stadium on Oct. 23, and quarterback Burrow is just one big reason why. Burrow is now the NFL's first player to have five games of passing for 400 yards or more in the first three years of his playing career. Against the Falcons, Burrow threw for 481 yards with three touchdown passes, had 32 of 42 completions and had no interceptions. Burrow's yardage was the second-highest of his career.

"I have great players around me and great coaches," Burrow told reporters later.

But he didn't do it alone, of course. Bengals wide receivers Ja'Marr Chase and Tyler Boyd both posted more than 100 receiving yards for the game — just the third pair in 15 years to do so (Chase had 130 with two touchdowns, Boyd posted 155 with one). Tee Higgins almost made it a triad, coming in just under the threshold at 93 yards.

"Man, Joe Burrow was on point today," Higgins said. "He was throwing dimes, darts — whatever y'all call it, he was doing it."

The Falcons scored in the first half but found nothing in the second, with the Cincinnati defensive line holding them to 214 yards. The Bengals became just the second team since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger to not allow a touchdown in the second half in seven consecutive games, and the team did it in front of 66,158 fans — just short of the milestone 67,260 fans the team had for the Sept. 29 game hosting the Miami Dolphins.

The Bengals are now 4-3 so far for 2022 and are second in the AFC North.

"We continue to piggyback off each other and ride for each other and just ball," Boyd said.

"I hope you all listened to me when I got up here at 0-2 and said, ‘Just be patient, this season is very young, we know what type of team we have. I know the faith that I have in these players and coaches,'" Bengals head coach Zac Taylor told reporters. "And that’s what they’ve done. This season is still in its infancy stages."

Fans can fill their bellies on Oct. 24, thanks to Sunday's excitement. As the regional chili chain has done in the past, Gold Star is giving fans one free regular 3-, 4- or 5-Way with the purchase of another one of equal or greater value the day after the Bengals win. The Who Dey Way promotion is good all season long no matter if the win occurs on home turf or elsewhere. The promo 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 Cincinnati Bengals' next game will be against the intrastate rival Cleveland Browns  on Oct. 31 on the road. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes.

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