Joe Burrow looks like a different quarterback this year. He no longer has to make magic happen in order to give his team a chance at winning. Rather, he is picking apart defenses at critical points of the game and riding the waves of a stifling defense.
Against the Pittsburgh Steelers yesterday, Burrow only threw 18 passes, one of which was batted into the air and intercepted in the first quarter. But he completed 14 of his throws including three that went for touchdowns, and he capitalized on scoring opportunities presented to him by the defense in beating a bitter rival at their own game.
As a result of his efficient and opportunistic play, Burrow earned a 90.3 grade from Pro Football Focus, the best grade of his short career.
Victory MondDEY! Highest graded players on offense for the #Bengals— Andrew Russell (@PFF_AndrewR) September 27, 2021
1. Joe Burrow - 90.3 (highest-graded game of Burrow’s young career)
2. Ja’Marr Chase - 77.9
3. Auden Tate - 73.4
4. Joe Mixon - 72.0
5. Jonah Williams - 65.9
His QB rating, 122.9, was also the second highest of his career (128.8 against the Minnesota Vikings in the opener) and his QBR of 67.6 was the fourth highest.
Yesterday’s game brings Burrow to 1-6-1 on the road, meaning, this was his first ever victory away from Paul Brown Stadium. And what a memorable game it was.
The Bengals absolutely crushed the Steelers, 24-10, as the defense harassed Ben Roethlisberger for the entire contest, sacking him four times and intercepting him twice. Tyler Boyd came through with some gritty plays early and Ja’Marr Chase finished the job.
You can watch our recap and analysis of the game with special guest Sam Schneider, founder of Bengals West, below: