Rookie quarterback Joe Burrow threw for 249 yards and two touchdowns Sunday as the Cincinnati Bengals pulled off one of the biggest upsets of Week 8, stopping the Tennessee Titans 31-20 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.
Burrow completed 26 of 37 passes with no interceptions, leading Cincinnati (2-5-1) to its best performance of the year in toppling the AFC South leaders. The Bengals were outgained 441-367, but committed no turnovers and came up with key stops defensively to frustrate Tennessee.
Derrick Henry rushed for 112 yards and a touchdown for the Titans (5-2), which lost their second straight game after a 5-0 start. Ryan Tannehill hit on 18 of 30 throws for 233 yards with two scores and an interception, while Corey Davis grabbed eight passes for 128 yards and a touchdown.
However, Tennessee fell into a first-place tie with Indianapolis in the South because its defense again struggled. The Titans have allowed at least 27 points in five of their seven games. That included Burrow’s 6-yard touchdown pass to Giovani Bernard with 7:30 left in the game that sandwiched Tannehill scoring strikes to A.J. Brown and Davis.
Cincinnati set the tone with its first drive, eating more than five minutes before Randy Bullock converted a 33-yard field goal. The Bengals then pushed their lead to 10-0 when Samaje Perine plunged 1 yard for a touchdown with 10:30 left in the first half.
Tennessee got on the board behind Henry. He accounted for 46 yards on seven carries during its first touchdown drive, finishing the 75-yard march with a 3-yard run at the 6:04 mark to cut the deficit to three points.
However, Cincinnati answered back with a drive of 5:32, putting points on the board 32 seconds before halftime. Bernard, starting for the injured Joe Mixon, ran it in from the 12 to make it 17-7 at intermission.
Burrow increased the advantage to 24-7 with a 7-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Boyd just 1:05 into the fourth quarter.