Former Pitt receiver Tyler Boyd and the Cincinnati Bengals wrapped up their 2019 season with a 33-23 win over the Cleveland Browns in the Battle of Ohio, and during that AFC North matchup, Boyd secured his second straight season with 1,000 receiving yards.
Boyd entered the Week 17 contest as the Bengals’ top receiver, with 987 yards on the year, and he would top 1,000 receiving yards during the first play of the second quarter, as he gained 22 yards on a pass from Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton. That put Boyd's season total at 1,009 yards, and he would continue to accrue yardage.
Dalton would target Boyd six more times, and the Pitt alum would finish the day as Cincinnati’s top receiver, with 59 yards on five receptions. With Sunday’s game in the books, Boyd’s season stat line improved to five touchdowns and 1,046 yards on 90 receptions. Last season, Boyd posted the first 1,000-yard campaign of his NFL career as he had seven scores and 1,028 yards on 76 receptions.
With the win on Sunday, the Bengals improved to 2-14 but still had the worst record in the league, leaving the team well out of contention for the playoffs as the regular season came to a close. One positive that will arise from the situation is that the Bengals will pick first in the NFL draft and may well address their shaky quarterback play, which could benefit Boyd in his pursuit of a third 1,000-yard season.