The Cincinnati Bengals‘ season basically ended once starting quarterback Joe Burrow was carted off the field last week due to a torn left knee. Already with a lackluster offensive line, head coach Zac Taylor had a decision to make as to who would start in Week 12 against the New York Giants. Instead of turning to backup Ryan Finley, Taylor turned to journeyman quarterback Brandon Allen, who was part of their practice squad.
On Sunday, Allen didn’t do himself much favors, as he faced a tough Giants defense that essentially dared him to throw the ball downfield. Sure, Allen only had one interception, but he could’ve easily had three had it not been for a drop by Giants safety Jabrill Peppers and an inadvertent pass breakup by Peppers on fellow defensive back Logan Ryan. But, Allen did cut Cincinnati’s deficit to 19-17 with a little over two minutes remaining, thanks to some costly Giants penalties. After a tremendous punt return inside Giants territory, Allen fumbled the ball on the first play after getting sacked by defensive lineman Jabaal Sheard, effectively ending the game.
Allen had his moments, but he looked off for the majority of the game. It appears that Taylor will turn to Allen next week, but he should have Finley ready in case he puts the Bengals in a hole early.