On a day when the Bengals snapped their three-game losing steak and gave head coach Zac Taylor his first career win against a team with a winning record, much of the focus — and rightfully so — was on the play of an offensive line composed entirely of backups and the continued ascension of rookie quarterback Joe Burrow.

But there was much more that went into the 31-20 triumph of the Titans at Paul Brown Stadium.

You know things are going a team’s way when three of the bigger plays in the game were the result of players doing things they weren’t coached to do, which is a good place to start this week’s Final Thoughts.

Here are 37 notes, quotes, stats and grades from Sunday’s game, one for each pass Burrow threw into the stiff, swirling wind:

1. The Bengals defense has struggled to apply pressure on opposing quarterbacks for most of the season, and the problem has only gotten worse since Sam Hubbard went down with an…





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