The Cincinnati Bengals put the league on notice this past Sunday. Heading into their matchup with the 5-1 Tennessee Titans as touchdown underdogs, the Bengals rocked the AFC South’s leader.
They did it on the back of rookie Joe Burrow.
Continuing to improve, Burrow ended with 249 yards and two touchdowns. In his second game of the season without a turnover, Burrow forced the ball down the field and did so quickly, neutralizing Jadeveon Clowney and the Titans pass rush.
The Bengals also scored two rushing touchdowns which could’ve easily been Burrow’s. Burrow was in complete control of the game, and his teammates took notice.
One, Mike Daniels, even compared Burrow to Aaron Rodgers, one of the best quarterbacks to ever player in the NFL. Daniels spent seven seasons in Green Bay with the future first-ball Hall of Famer.
“No doubt in my mind that he’ll be the rookie of the year,” Daniels told ESPN’s Ben Baby. He went on to compare Burrow to Rodgers in terms of poise.
Burrow showed that poise Daniels is talking about against Tennessee. Completing 26-of-37 passing, Burrow had his third game of the season which he hit over 70 percent of his attempts.
The toughest matchups for Burrow are still to come as many peg the Titans as pretenders more than contenders. He’ll have the Ravens again and two matchups with the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers.
While much of that will depend on the health of the offensive line, Burrow is far from done being challenge this season.
However, after winning with three starting lineman out and a star running back sidelined as well, Burrow deserves all the credit in the world as he continues to prove he’s the real deal.