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Football seasons such as the 2021/2022 one really make us regret not being able to watch quarterbacks like Joe Burrow finish out their rookie years.
In 2020 Burrow tore the ACL of this left knee and was out for the remainder of the season after week 10. His rookie season wasn’t great in terms of wins and losses as the Bengals were 2-7-1 when he got injured. It turns out…the bad record wasn’t because of him.
A quick glimpse at Joe Burrow’s 2021/2022 regular season campaign
When Burrow came back in 2021, he led the Bengals to a 10-7 record. This is not all we want to highlight as wins and losses are often regarded as team stats.
Thanks to his friend and star rookie receiver Ja’Marr Chase, Joe Burrow averages 8.9 yards per attempt which ranks 1st in the league among all starting quarterbacks. This stat is made even more impressive by the fact that Burrow is not even in the top 10 in pass attempts. He ranks 14th with 520 regular season passing attempts. This stat alone goes to show you how efficient the young quarterback is.
Some more numbers from this past regular season
Burrow has had only 4 regular-season games with fewer than 200 yards passing. In addition, he’s had 7 games with over 300 yards passing, one of which is also a 500+ yards game. Do we want to take a look at the touchdowns? Sure! He threw for 34 TDs which ranks 8th in the league and had only 14 interceptions.
The best part is perhaps the fact that Burrow led his team to an AFC North title for the first time since 2015. It’s been 7 seasons since we last saw the Bengals beat the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens for the title.
Can Joe Burrow lead the Bengals to a Super Bowl appearance in 2022?
2022 is the calendar year of Super Bowl LVI but that’s the final of the 2021/2022 season. The Cincinnati Bengals managed to beat the Las Vegas Raiders and the Tennessee Titans in two consecutive playoff games. They made the AFC Championship game but this test will be incredibly hard for the young team.
They have to face Patrick Mahomes and the nuclear Kansas City Chiefs. It looks like the Chiefs may be too much for the shaky offensive line and unstable secondary that the Bengals have but there’s always a glimmer of hope. And it again lies in the stats.
In 2021, when Burrow faces an opponent for the second time, it appears he plays pretty well and his team wins.
In week 12, against the Steelers, he threw for 190 yards in a 41-10 victory. Versus the Ravens in week 16, Burrow had a 525-yard day and hung 41 points on them. In the playoffs, Burrow faced the Raiders for one last time in 2021 and threw for 244 yards and 2 TDs.
So what did Joe Burrow do against the Kansas City Chiefs?
In week 17, Burrow faced the Chiefs and won 34-31. In this game, he passed for 446 yards and 4 touchdowns. A monster game by all accounts. Should we expect more of the same in the AFCCG?