Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow is one of a handful of quarterbacks who made a relatively smooth transition to the NFL in their own right—and he certainly didn’t look like a signal-caller hitting any roadblocks on Sunday. Burrow completed 37-of-46 passes for 525 yards with four touchdowns and zero interceptions in the 41-21 win over the Baltimore Ravens. That’s good for the fourth-most passing yards in a single game in NFL history.
Burrow has received no shortage of praise for his accuracy and ball placement since his college days and that’s what was most primarily on display in his latest performance, as the stat line would help indicate. Burrow has also been a solid deep-ball passer, something he was relentless with on Sunday—and he wasn’t taking any prisoners.
"We’ve been in spots where teams go out and do that to us,” Burrow said in the postgame press conference of throwing the deep ball even when the Bengals were up by multiple scores with two minutes left to play. “They did it to us last year. No sympathy from me."
Taking what the defense gives you is another important aspect of football and Burrow didn’t find an issue with that over the weekend—it was the Ravens’ unit on the other side that found issue with… virtually anything it tried at the hands of Burrow.
"In the first half, they didn’t blitz a lot. They played a lot of zone coverage. That obviously wasn’t working out, so they came in the second half and started blitzing a little more.
"That didn’t really work out, either."
After Sunday, Burrow moved to a season completion percentage of 69.9% with 4,165 passing yards, 30 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions. While you’d like to see a bit stronger touchdown-to-interception ratio, there’s a lot to like about Burrow’s numbers and play after a season in which he underwent reconstructive knee surgery for an injury that squandered what seemed to be a sure chance for Rookie of the Year. Burrow is still and quickly became arguably the most important and talented member of the Bengals in a matter of weeks last year, completing 65.3% of his passes for 2,688 yards with 13 touchdowns and five interceptions before his campaign was cut short.
Despite the odds, his return now has the Bengals sitting atop the AFC North.
He’ll have an opportunity to continue building upon his success in next week’s showdown against the Kansas City Chiefs—a chance to make a further statement going head-to-head with Patrick Mahomes, a quarterback who has struggled some this season but is still one of the league’s most respected—before rounding out the regular season against the Cleveland Browns on the road on Jan. 9.