Joe Burrow is playing with one of the worst offensive lines in the league. Pro Football Focus ranked the unit the second-worst in the NFL before the season. With that in mind, Burrow accomplishments become even greater.
He’s made history his last two games, and he continues to impress fans. It’s not just Bengals’ faithful that he’s making drop their jaw, but also some of the best players in the franchise’s history have been awed at what Burrow has done.
“Pick a guy and let it fly, man - This kid has exceeded all expectations. 91 completions in his first three starts, that is a rookie record... He is way ahead of the curve,” former Bengals legend Boomer Esiason said on Burrow.
Burrow, the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, has been graded in the top-five offensive rookies through the first three weeks.
At 76.1, he’s Pro Football Focus’ only quarterback on the list. At the same time, Burrow has been the only rookie quarterback to see significant time as a starter besides Justin Herbert who has started the past two weeks.
Despite being 0-2-1, the Bengals have shown life. They tied with the Eagles, their Week 3 opponent, after being down three at half. Both their losses to start the season have been one-score games and could’ve easily been flipped in the Bengals favor.
With a QB rating of 105.5 in Week 3, Burrow has improved each of his three games as he’s grow accustomed to the speed of the NFL. He’s totaled 821 yards, five touchdowns and one interception.
That one interception was more a rookie mistake than a missed throw, and he’s cleaned that up since the team’s three-point loss to the Chargers.
That said, the Bengals’ Week 3 tie was Burrow first game without a turnover, and taking on Jacksonville in Week 4 before preparing for a stout Baltimore defense in Week 5 should give Burrow even greater confidence as he’ll soon enter a tough stretch of divisional games.