NFL's point of emphasis on taunting is really getting emphasized big time in Bears-Bengals game


(670 The Score) The NFL has made the enforcement of previously existing taunting rules a point of emphasis in the 2021 season, and the Bears and Bengals each found that out the hard, frustrating way in the first quarter of their game Sunday.

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With about six-and-a-half minutes left in the first quarter, the Bears thought they’d gotten the Bengals off the field on a third-and-5 incompletion, only for safety Tashaun Gipson to draw a 15-yard taunting penalty for … wait for it … quickly clapping in the face of receiver Ja’Marr Chase as he lay on the ground.

That gave the Bengals a new set of downs at their own 40-yard line, and they drove as far as the Bears’ 35-yard line before their drive stalled.

One possession later, it was the Bengals who got hit with the unsportsmanlike 15-yard penalty for taunting, as safety Vonn Bell barked at Bears quarterback Andy Dalton shortly after an incompletion. The penalty was a big one, as the Bears would’ve faced third-and-12 from their own 5-yard line but instead got a new set of downs at the 20-yard line.

Fans and media members were rather perplexed by how stringently the taunting rule was being enforced.