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National media praises Joe Burrow for promising NFL debut

“He got it. He got the sauce. He got the flavor. He got the confidence.”

NFL: Los Angeles Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals Cincinnati Enquirer-USA TODAY NETWORK via Imagn Content Services, LLC

Sunday marked the first game of the Joe Burrow era in Cincinnati. Though it ended with a gut-wrenching defeat at the hands of the Chargers, it was still a very promising debut for the Bengals’ No. 1 overall pick.

While Burrow’s numbers weren’t anything to boast about — 23/36 passing for 193 yards with one pick and a rushing score — it was how well he played late with the game on the line that really impressed.

After getting the ball at the Cincinnati 18-yard line with three minutes left, Burrow marched the Bengals right down the field and appeared to throw the game-winning touchdown to A.J. Green before refs happened.

Not counting a spike, Burrow went 8/10 on the drive, and one of those incompletions was a beautiful pass to John Ross that he bobbled going out of bounds, resulting in an incompletion. Burrow made tight throw after tight throw with the game on the line and was completely unfazed while leading his offense right down the field against one of the NFL’s best defenses.

It didn’t result in a win, but it was still a great performance to build off, and one that the national media took notice of. Even noted Bengals hater Colin Cowherd is sold on Burrow being what this franchise needed.

Who Dey!