Joe Burrow was the first overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, and we’re beginning to see why. He has led the Cincinnati Bengals back from the ashes and has taken them from the cellar to the playoffs in his first fully healthy season at quarterback. Fortunately for Bengals fans, Burrow has a track record of success when it matters most.
Joe Burrow Is a Big-Game Baller
At LSU, we know what Burrow did. He led one of the most prolific offenses in college football history on his way to the national championship. In his wake, he defeated Alabama, Georgia in the SEC title game, Oklahoma in the semifinal and then Clemson for the championship.
He then had to beat the Baltimore Ravens and the Kansas City Chiefs in Weeks 16 and 17 this year to get into the NFL playoffs.
In those games, Burrow is 6-0, with 2,669 passing yards (444/game), and threw 27 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. The guy is simply a gamer. Plain and simple.
The Bengals Offense Is a Force to Be Reckoned With
Cincinnati has developed into a bit of an offensive juggernaut with a lot of young talent. The Bengals' wide receiver room is as good as any in the league, with rookie phenom Ja’Marr Chase making me look like an idiot for fading him coming out of college. Tee Higgins also posted over 1,000 receiving yards and six scores in only 14 games this year, and they have a reliable slot option in Tyler Boyd. This offense put up the seventh-most points in the NFL this year.
The Bengals have Burrow, Chase, Higgins, Boyd and running back Joe Mixon under contract through 2023. This offense has a world of upside in the coming years, and has a great chance to advance out of the wild card round, something they haven’t done since 1991.
The Bengals are currently favored at -5.5 on WynnBET against the Las Vegas Raiders. I'll follow Burrow into battle this one and take the spread for the Bengals.