Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals shocked a lot of people with the run they went on during the postseason a few months ago. They surprisingly won the AFC North, which led to hosting a game against the Las Vegas Raiders during Super Wild Card Weekend.
The Bengals won that game 26-19, earning a spot in the Divisional Round against the No. 1 seeded Tennessee Titans. The Bengals took advantage of three Ryan Tannehill interceptions, winning the game 19-16.
Back on the road for the AFC Championship Game, the Bengals had to go into hostile Arrowhead to play the Kansas City Chiefs. They pulled off another impressive upset, winning 27-24 in overtime.
That set up a Super Bowl matchup against the Los Angeles Rams. The Bengals would fall short, losing 23-20. While it was a disappointing way to end the run, this is a team that should be contending for years to come with Burrow leading the way offensively.
Burrow has quickly turned into one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. He is a leader for the team and recent comments he made cements that, as he confidently boasted that they now know what it takes to win.
“Going into last year, we knew we were good, but I think going into the playoffs, we knew we could win but we weren’t really sure what it took,” Burrow said Tuesday, via Ben Baby of ESPN. “We just went out there and played really hard and together as a team, and it worked out.”
“Now, we know what it takes and we have that experience in our back pockets going forward.”
The underdog stigma that has followed the Bengals around is something that Burrow has grown tired of. But, the only way to change that stigma is to improve their performance on the field and that is something they have begun doing.
Winning playoff games in back-to-back seasons for the first time in franchise history would certainly help change that narrative. After winning a national championship with LSU, Joe Burrow is ready to bring one to the city of Cincinnati with the Bengals.