Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals have gotten things on track in the last few weeks. After starting the season 0-2, they have bounced back to win four out of their last five games, including their last two over NFC South teams in the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons.
The Bengals’ offense was excellent in those two games, scoring 30 points on New Orleans before dropping 35 on the Falcons. In three out of the first five games of the season, Cincinnati had been held to 20 points or fewer, so the offensive explosion was certainly a welcome one.
Quarterback Joe Burrow had incredible performances the last two weeks to help get the offense going. He completed 62-of-79 passes for 781 yards, six touchdowns and zero interceptions. Burrow also ran the ball seven times for 45 yards and two more scores.
The former No. 1 overall pick has found a ton of success pushing the ball down the field the last two weeks. Just how good has he been? As pointed out by PFF, Burrow has been excellent when throwing the ball 10+ yards down the field the last two weeks.
He leads the NFL with 17 completions for 410 yards and five touchdowns. His passer rating of 150.4 is second in the NFL over that time on those throws.
The offensive line’s performance has vastly improved, which is likely why Burrow and the offense have gotten going. Burrow was sacked 13 times in the first two weeks of the season and only 11 times in the next five games. Having time in the pocket is enabling Burrow to hold onto the ball a tick longer and attempt more passes down the field, which has resulted in some excellent numbers.
The Bengals have the best wide receiver trio in the NFL in Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd. Burrow is getting them all involved, making it very difficult for opponents to game plan against as they cannot key in on one player to stop.
A big matchup is on deck as the Bengals will travel to take on their AFC North rivals, the Cleveland Browns. A victory here would go a long way for Cincinnati, as they can continue burying the 2-5 Browns by handing them another loss.