Joe Burrow has resurrected the now 3-1 Cincinnati Bengals.
Following his injury-shortened rookie season, it was clear he needed more weapons and an ample offensive line to do anything at the highest level.
The Bengals went out and helped in both areas by returning OL coach Frank Pollack and drafting former LSU teammate Ja’Marr Chase. Chase has scored four touchdowns through four games. That’s helped unlock Burrow’s potential.
Burrow has been so good this season that he is joining an exclusive group that only has three Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees. Here’s the group that NFL Research noted on Twitter.
2nd-Year QBs with 2+ pass TD in each of their team's first 4 games of a season (Super Bowl Era)— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) October 1, 2021
HOF Dan Marino in 1984 (Won MVP)
HOF Peyton Manning in 1999 (13-3 that season)
HOF @kurt13warner in 1999 (Won MVP & Super Bowl)@Bengals Joe Burrow @JoeyB in 2021
The Bengals entered halftime against Jacksonville down 14-0, having done little offensively up until that point. With the Ring of Honor ceremony that night, Burrow helped mount a comeback that put him in this group.
He ended TNF with arguably his best professional performance, totaling 348 yards and two touchdowns.
Having checked into the game-winning pass to tight end CJ Uzomah, Burrow showed his leadership and knowledge as the Bengals won later that drive on an Evan McPherson field goal.
Burrow now has nine touchdowns and four interceptions on the season.
He’s been terrific, topping a 120 quarterback rating in three of their four games this season. Burrow will have his toughest performance of the season on deck with the Green Bay Packers coming to Paul Brown Stadium this Sunday.
All eyes will be on Burrow, seeing if he can compete with future Hall of Famer quarterback Aaron Rodgers. For now, the answer seems like a resounding yes.