The Cincinnati Bengals saved their fans from 31 years of disappointment with their Wild Card win over the Las Vegas Raiders last weekend, but Joe Burrow did not seem all that excited about the feat. He had a great reason for his lack of enthusiasm.
Burrow told reporters on Tuesday that he loved seeing Bengals fans so pumped up following the team’s first playoff win since 1990. However, he said he has tried to downplay the achievement because he wants it to be the “bare minimum going forward.”
Bengals fans have to love that attitude.
The Bengals certainly did their fair share of celebrating after Saturday’s win. Head coach Zac Taylor came up with the awesome idea of delivering game balls to bars around Cincinnati. Burrow knows his team must quickly refocus, however, as an even tougher task awaits on the road against the Tennessee Titans in the Divisional Round.
Burrow is known for his calm demeanor both on and off the field. The awesome sunglasses he wore at his postgame press conference on Saturday spoke for themselves. You can’t ask for much more than your 25-year-old franchise quarterback not being satisfied with just one playoff win.
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Joe Burrow brought Cincinnati to its first playoff win since 1990. The young quarterback oozes coolness, both with his calm demeanor on the field and chill attitude off of it. He even looked the part after the Bengals’ 26-19 win over the Las Vegas Raiders on Saturday.
Burrow was seen wearing tinted glasses after the game.
Burrow said there was no special meaning behind the glasses other than he thought they looked good.
For those wondering, he apparently was wearing Cartier sunglasses.
Those are the kind of glasses you can get away with wearing after a win. They probably don’t look so cool to fans after a loss.
The Cincinnati Bengals have clinched the AFC North, and are opting not to risk quarterback Joe Burrow in Sunday’s regular season finale in Cleveland. That means Brandon Allen is the next man up, and the backup quarterback had a pretty funny way of finding that out.
Allen learned on Tuesday that he would be starting in Week 18. He did not find out directly from coach Zac Taylor, or even from a media report. The word came from Burrow himself, who texted his backup and had a hilarious way of passing on the news.
Not a bad way to find out you’re starting an NFL game, to be honest. Burrow probably enjoyed beating his coach to the punch as well.
It’s no secret that Burrow has a sense of humor. He’s also quarterbacking a playoff team, so he has to be in a pretty good mood these days. That’s especially true if he’s having this much fun with his backup.
Photo: Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) walks the sideline in the fourth quarter of the NFL Week 12 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium in downtown Cincinnati on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021. The Bengals beat the Steelers 41-10.
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Joe Burrow was in a joking mood Sunday after the Cincinnati Bengals clinched the AFC North in dramatic fashion.
The Bengals pulled out a 34-31 win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, keyed in part by Burrow’s connection with wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase. On 3rd and 27 with under four minutes to go, an under-pressure Burrow heaved one up to Chase, who made the grab and turned it into a 30-yard reception.
Burrow was asked about the play after the game, and referenced a meme about Chase being open somewhere.
The joke is Burrow’s affinity for Chase, and the receiver’s skill in making huge catches. Burrow’s clearly embracing it. It showed, too, as Chase made 11 catches for 266 yards and three touchdowns in a monster performance.
Not that long ago, people were concerned about Chase’s drops and ability to transition to the NFL. Those concerns are long gone now.
Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo evidently thinks a lot of Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow.
Spagnuolo paid Burrow an incredibly big compliment on Thursday, comparing the Bengals quarterback to none other than Tom Brady.
Brady comparisons should not be made lightly, as Spagnuolo is well aware. Burrow has been playing very well lately, but he has a long way to go before he reaches Brady’s level. Burrow would probably be the first to say so, too.
Burrow has been getting some over-the-top praise lately as the Bengals close in on the playoffs. He has 4,165 yards and 30 touchdowns on the season, so some of it may be justified. On the other hand, Spagnuolo might have just wanted to avoid the same mistake Baltimore’s Wink Martindale made last week.
Joe Burrow is coming off the best game of his career, and he has proven to this point that he is more than worthy of the first overall pick the Cincinnati Bengals used on him last year. Most people would say Burrow is still a long way from being compared to a quarterback like Patrick Mahomes, however. Apparently Damien Woody is not most people.
During Thursday’s edition of ESPN’s “First Take,” Woody was asked if he would rather have Burrow or Mahomes as his quarterback for the next five years. He chose Burrow.
“We know about the talent of Patrick Mahomes. We see the no-look passes. We see all the off-platform stuff that a lot of us have never seen before out of the quarterback position. … Sometimes it’s about the intangibles,” Woody said. “What Joe Burrow has done for, not just that Cincinnati offense, but the whole organization, it’s almost like he’s brought a chip on his shoulder to the whole organization.
“When you talk about the quarterback position, a lot of it is about being a leader of men. Joe Burrow really instills that within this Bengals offense.”
Does Mahomes lack intangibles? There was nothing Woody said about Burrow that anyone would argue with. But the question was if he would rather have Burrow or Mahomes for the next five years. Burrow’s younger than Mahomes, but the Kansas City Chiefs star is still just 26. He has already won a Super Bowl and an NFL MVP Award. Mahomes has played in two Super Bowls.
Mahomes and the Chiefs are having a down year offensively by their own standards, and Mahomes still has 4,310 yards, 33 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Burrow has 4,165 yards, 30 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.
Could Burrow wind up having a better career than Mahomes? It’s certainly possible, but saying you would take the former over the latter for the next five years is the definition of a piping hot take. Then again, Woody was just doing his job.
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Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh did not seem pleased that the Cincinnati Bengals kept their foot on the gas late in Sunday’s game, but don’t expect to hear any apologies from Joe Burrow.
The Bengals continued to throw the ball late in the fourth quarter of their 41-21 win. Burrow ended up with 525 yards passing, and 52 of them came on a deep connection late in the game. That led to some questions about whether Cincinnati violated so-called unwritten rules. Burrow told Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk that he has “no sympathy” for his divisional rival.
“This is the NFL,” Burrow said. “This isn’t peewee, this isn’t high school where you go out and run up the score. You play until the final whistle. I don’t care what the score is. We’ve been in spots where teams go out and do that to us. They did it to us last year. No sympathy from me.”
The Ravens beat the Bengals 27-3 and 38-3 in their two meetings last year. Even if they weren’t calling deep pass plays late in the fourth quarter, they probably weren’t making a conscious effort to not embarrass their AFC North foe.
Burrow also admitted after the game that he had added motivation from some comments Ravens defensive coordinator Wink Martindale made about him. Cincinnati’s coaching staff was likely aware of those as well. Head coach Zac Taylor said he intentionally wanted to teach his players a lesson about not letting up down the stretch.
Harbaugh seemed irritated in his postgame handshake with Taylor (video here). Of course, this is the same Harbaugh who infuriated an opposing coach by blatantly chasing a record earlier this season.
Burrow is right — this is the NFL. Teams are under no obligation to let up on their opponents, who are also professionals making millions of dollars. The Ravens have nothing to complain about except their defense’s inability to stop anything.
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Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Wink Martindale made some comments this week that many expected Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals to use as motivation in Week 16. Burrow’s stat line proved that he did just that, and his postgame remarks removed all doubt.
Martindale was asked on Thursday if the Ravens would double- and triple-cover Ja’Marr Chase the way they did Davante Adams last week. He said they would not because Chase is not Adams and Burrow isn’t ready for a Hall of Fame jacket just yet. Martindale likely meant for the comment to serve as a compliment to Adams and Rodgers rather than an insult to Chase and Burrow, but there was little question the Bengals stars would use it as motivation.
After Burrow threw for 525 yards and four touchdowns in a 41-21 win over Baltimore on Sunday, he admitted Martindale’s remarks bothered him. The former LSU star said he didn’t think they were “necessary.”
Chase finished with seven catches for 125 yards. Burrow was asked if he was thinking about Martindale when he eclipsed the 500-yard mark. He smirked and said “maybe.”
The Ravens started veteran journeyman Josh Johnson with Lamar Jackson injured and Tyler Huntley on the COVID list. They had little chance of beating the Bengals to begin with, but Martindale’s comments didn’t help.
The Baltimore Ravens are preparing for an important divisional game against the Cincinnati Bengals, and their defensive approach on Sunday will look a bit different from the one they used in Week 15. Joe Burrow will try to take advantage of that.
The Ravens made a huge effort to slow down Green Bay Packers star receiver Davante Adams last week. Adams still caught six passes for 44 yards and a score, but he was double- and triple-covered on many plays. Ravens defensive coordinator Wink Martindale was asked if he will try to do the same with Bengals rookie Ja’Marr chase on Sunday, and he said it’s not going to happen. Why? Because Chase is not Adams, and Joe Burrow is not Aaron Rodgers.
Martindale obviously meant for the comment to serve as a compliment to Adams and Rodgers, not an insult to Chase and Burrow. He’s right that the former duo have proven to be much more dangerous than the latter. Still, Burrow and Chase are more than capable of burning defenses. They may be motivated to prove to Martindale and the Ravens that they deserve just as much attention as Rodgers and Adams.
Chase has struggled with drops this year, including one very costly one a couple weeks back. That hasn’t stopped him from being one of the best deep threats in the NFL, and he should have a chance to prove it against a Baltimore secondary that has been banged up all season.
Several NFL teams have seen an increase in COVID-19 cases over the past few weeks, but the Cincinnati Bengals have not had a major impact. Joe Burrow thinks it may be easier for him and his teammates to avoid contracting the virus than some other players.
Burrow told reporters on Wednesday that the Bengals have been doing well with their COVID protocols. He also joked (but maybe not) that it is easier to avoid catching COVID with how little nightlife there is in Cincinnati.
The man has a point.
Several games have been postponed due to COVID, and the same could happen again this week. The NFL recently made a major change to its testing policy that might impact the availability of some players.
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