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Joe Burrow shreds when his offensive line wins

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Since the start of the 2021 season, the Cincinnati Bengals have won 19 of 31 games, including three playoff games. Their quarterback is the biggest reason why.

Joe Burrow has elevated into the upper echelon of quarterbacks since his second season began last year. And when the protection in front of him holds up, there might not be a more productive passer playing.

Courtesy of ESPN producer Paul Hembo, Burrow ranks first in the NFL in completion percentage, yards per attempt, first downs per attempt, and passer rating when the Bengals’ offensive line collectively beats their opposition.

What does it mean for the offensive line to win? It’s not always total domination, but it’s usually enough for a clean pocket to last until the pass is thrown. ESPN’s pass block win rate conveys “the rate linemen can sustain their blocks for 2.5 seconds or longer.”

2.5 seconds is usually all Burrow needs to pick apart opposing defenses.

The numbers and eye test certainly match and provide the conclusion that Burrow is certifiably surgical in the pocket. In his most recent game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Burrow was kept clean for 30 of his 39 pass attempts and threw for 325 of his 355 yards on those drop backs, per Pro Football Focus. His average time to throw was exactly 2.5 seconds.

Cincinnati’s offensive line has gotten better and better as the 2022 season has progressed, with only minor setbacks here and there. We discuss the o-line’s play against the Steelers in the latest episode of the #1 Bengals Podcast.

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