Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals announced their presence as a young up-and-coming team during their postseason run this year. Not expected to make much noise in the postseason, Cincinnati shocked a lot of people with the run that they went on. Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, however did not go nearly as far as they wanted.
Hosting the Las Vegas Raiders during Super Wild Card Weekend, the Bengals ended a more than 30-year drought without a playoff win. They rode that momentum the next few weeks, defeating the No. 1 seed Tennessee Titans and No. 2 Kansas City Chiefs on consecutive weekends to advance to the Super Bowl.
While the Bengals lost to the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl 56, this was still an impressive run that they went on. Given how youthful they are, the Bengals are a team that could be contending for years to come.
The biggest reason for their ascension is quarterback Joe Burrow. Burrow was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft and he has immediately cemented himself as one of the best quarterbacks in the league.
His performance throughout the postseason turned some heads. One player that took notice was Chiefs’ safety, Tyrann Mathieu. Mathieu boldly compared Burrow to Tom Brady.
That is some huge praise for Burrow from Mathieu. Brady is the unquestioned greatest of all time, so to be compared to him in any capacity means that Burrow is doing something right. During the 2021 postseason run, Burrow did his best impersonation of Brady to carry his team to victories.
Burrow completed 68.3 percent of his passes, throwing for 1,105 yards and five touchdowns. What makes the performance even more impressive was that Burrow took a beating every week.
Cincinnati was unable to consistently block for him, as he was sacked 19 times in four games. That kind of toughness is something that Brady would certainly appreciate as well. If the Bengals want to remain one of the better teams in the NFL, they need to protect Burrow as they are only going to go as far as he can take them.