49ers defense still getting cooked, this time by visiting Bengals

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9)
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) / Thearon W. Henderson/GettyImages

The 49ers didn't leave their defensive woes behind in Minnesota, and it appears the Bengals are next in line to feast on Steve Wilks' unit.

San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks is certainly going to be feeling even more heat after experiencing aplenty following the Niners' Week 7 road loss against the Minnesota Vikings.

This time, it's the visiting Cincinnati Bengals who are easily unraveling his defense early in Week 8 at Levi's Stadium.

San Francisco got the ball first but went 3-and-out, which opened up the door for quarterback Joe Burrow and Co. to march all the way down the field on a 10-play, 85-yard drive that lasted nearly five minutes and culminated in a Burrow touchdown pass to wide receiver Tyler Boyd.

While the 49ers were able to respond with a touchdown of their own on their next possession, Burrow didn't have much difficulty at all moving down the field on the next attempt, going six plays and 58 yards, ending with another touchdown throw to the seldom-discussed wide receiver, Andrei Iosivas, at the very end of the first quarter.

Sure, Cincy is coming off a bye week and is loaded with offensive talent to help Burrow.

But the Niners defense is supposed to be loaded, too. It's just not playing like it, however.

Bengals making it look easy vs. 49ers defense so far

Cincinnati already has 11 first downs over its opening two possessions, and it's gained an average of 8.6 yards per play.

Burrow and the Bengals also faced only one third-down attempt and successfully converted. Meanwhile, Burrow was nearly sacked by both defensive linemen Arik Armstead and Nick Bosa, who both failed to bring him down.

The quarterback then completed a clutch pass to wide receiver Tee Higgins for a first down:

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Cornerback Isaiah Oliver also missed a would-be interception that could have been returned for a touchdown.

Instead, Burrow is an impressive 11-of-13 for 100 yards on his first two drives.

And Cincy leads as a result, too.

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