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Ja'Marr Chase Calls Out Bengals' Playcalling in Week 2 Loss

Devon Platana
Ja'Marr Chase has called out the Cincinnati Bengals' play-calling in their Week 2 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
Ja'Marr Chase has called out the Cincinnati Bengals' play-calling in their Week 2 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. / AP Photos/David Dermer

The Cincinnati Bengals are 0-2 to start the 2022 NFL season just seven months after playing in Super Bowl LVI. While they lost an overtime heartbreaker to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 1, their latest loss to the Dallas Cowboys was embarrassing as Cincinnati generated just 254 total offensive yards.

Star wideout Ja'Marr Chase wasn't afraid to voice his displeasure with his team's offense after the game. Bengals insider Ben Baby reports that Chase wasn't a fan of certain playcalling decisions, saying, "I don't think we took any shots today, for real."

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It isn't hard to see why Chase is frustrated. Joe Burrow only passed for 199 yards while Chase and Tee Higgins were the only two Bengals players to surpass 26 receiving yards with 54 and 71, respectively. Considering how Burrow threw for 338 passing yards in Week 1, it's surprising that Cincinnati didn't stick to that game plan.

Chase also wasn't wrong about his team not airing the ball out as much as they should. The Bengals' longest completion of the day was a 19-yard pass to Higgins, compared to last week where they had five different players with a reception of 18-plus yards.

Head coach Zac Taylor's playcalling has come into question by fans in the past, but last year's playoff run temporarily erased those doubts. After all, a high-flying passing attack led by Burrow, Chase and Higgins was exciting enough to ignore Taylor's past shortcomings.

Now that the Bengals are 0-2, however, Taylor's offensive decisions are back under the microscope. Yes, the Cowboys have a solid secondary, but Cincinnati's talented offensive trio should have had more success on Sunday.

If the Bengals continue to ignore what they do best, don't be surprised if fans start calling for Taylor's job sooner than later.

Bengals vs Jets Week 3 Odds

It'll be interesting to see if Taylor changes up his playcalling for his team's Week 3 matchup with the New York Jets. For now, the Bengals are listed as 4.5-point road favorites over the Jets on FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds.

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