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Is Jake Browning the next Brock Purdy?

Numbers never lie.

Indianapolis Colts v Cincinnati Bengals Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Not that long ago, the question would’ve seemed random and completely pointless. But now it’s worth asking: is Jake Browning the next Brock Purdy?

Browning, of course, has been a revelation for the Cincinnati Bengals the last two weeks.

He has the second highest completion percentage above expected and the third highest EPA per play in that span. Purdy, meanwhile, is first in EPA per play but behind Tommy DeVito, Browning, Zach Wilson, and Derek Carr in CPOE.

And, at least before counting Monday night’s games, Browning has Pro Football Focus’ second highest passing grade, the second highest success rate in the league, the best completion percentage, the third best yards per attempt numbers, and the fewest turnover worthy throws in Weeks 13 and 14.

Meanwhile, the new Bengals QB is not throwing it all that far downfield, ranking 34th of 35 QBs in his average depth of target and only 27th in big time throw percentage over the last two weeks (again, before counting Monday night). For that reason, A to Z Sports’ compared Browning to Purdy, the out-of-nowhere star QB for the San Francisco 49ers.

Further, on the year, only Browning and Purdy are averaging at least nine yards per attempt. The next highest is Tua Tagovailoa, who, thanks to Tyreek Hill and the other speedsters on the Miami Dolphins, is averaging 8.5 yards per throw.

Yes, it’s a small sample size. And it took until just about now for people to really believe in Purdy. But Browning is on the right track. Up next, he tries to make it three straight against the Minnesota Vikings.