Cincinnati Bengals fans packed Paul Brown Stadium last Thursday night, and Joe Burrow proceeded to put on a show. It was a perfect storm as the Bengals had their first Ring of Honor ceremony at halftime as well.
While they were down 14-0 at the half, No. 9 had no doubt of what was to come.
Burrow led a passionate second-half charge. He ended with a near-flawless performance, throwing for 348 yards and 2 touchdowns. He completed 78 percent of his passes, his highest rate of the season.
His clutch primetime outing got the attention of the NFL, who voted him as Week 4’s AFC Player of the Week.
QB1 put on a show in PRIMETIME! @JoeyB has been named AFC Offensive Player of the Week. pic.twitter.com/sgVFHo5uEm— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) October 6, 2021
This may be the performance where fans realize Burrow is back. His efficient outing also earned him Fedex Air Player of the Week honors as well.
ANOTHER ONE. @JoeyB is your @FedEx Air Player of the Week! pic.twitter.com/EKjjFSZwR5— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) October 6, 2021
After suffering a gruesome leg injury last season, it was never a surefire thing that Burrow would return on time, but he did. And, now, he leads a team off to its best start in years. The Bengals are 3-1, and it has everything to do with Burrow’s elite start.
With their most difficult opponent on deck, we’ll see if he can thrive as he’s set to go toe-to-toe with NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers.