Joe Burrow: These big games are the reason I play football

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Since quarterback Joe Burrow burst onto the national stage as LSU’s quarterback in 2019, he’s played some of his best games in the biggest contests.

That’s been the case in Burrow’s second season as a pro. When the Bengals needed a victory over the Chiefs in Week 17 to clinch the AFC North, Burrow threw for 446 yards and four touchdowns in the 34-31 victory. The week before he threw for 525 yards and four TDs against Baltimore to set up the clinching scenario.

In two postseason games, he’s completed 73 percent of his passes for 592 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. He’s averaging 8.3 yards per attempt and 11.4 yards per completion.

Burrow will need another strong performance to defeat the Chiefs on the road this week. But the quarterback’s attitude toward big games has him primed for a strong performance.

“These are the reason that I play football,” Burrow said Friday, via Paul Dehner Jr. of TheAthletic.com. “I play to get to these moments and to make plays and take advantage of my opportunities. I work really hard for these moments. If I worked really hard and never got to the position I am in now, playing in the AFC Championship game [with a] chance to go to the Super Bowl, I think that would be tough for me to mentally work as hard as I do each week in the offseason to come in and go .500 every year and be a fringe playoff team. I work so hard so I get to these moments and play well.”

With Burrow in place, it doesn’t look like Cincinnati is going to be a middling, .500 team anytime soon.

26 responses to “Joe Burrow: These big games are the reason I play football

  1. America will be shocked Sunday. Noone in Cincinnati will be. First game was no fluke.

  2. Burrow is great but he’s also relatable, Very likeable by the NFL world (except Wink Martindale who got fired).
    Not only will he be good for the Bengals he’ll also be good for the NFL for a long time.
    Anyway Bengals will win and will be around for the next decade.

  3. It’s popular to write off the Chiefs in every big game. The Bengals are on the rise, with a coach/qb combo poised to succeed. This will be a rivalry lifting both franchises and their fan bases. It’s going to be game nobody wants to miss.

    Chiefs in another nail biter. Better luck next time my Bengal friends. Congrats on the amazing season. P.S. Shore up that O-Line already, I’d like Burrow to have a longer career than Luck did in Indy!

  4. Kid and team have a bright future, if they keep him healthy. OL and Def next two years drafts.

  5. I predict KC will humble this guy on Sunday

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    Kind of nonsensical, IF the Chiefs do manage to pull out a win it certainly won’t be because of their middling defense.

  6. This could easily be much closer than some experts say and a Bengals win is a distinct possible

  7. Aaron Rodgers: “These regular season games that factor into MVP voting are why I play football”.

  8. Reno Hightower says:
    January 28, 2022 at 1:03 pm
    America will be shocked Sunday. Noone in Cincinnati will be. First game was no fluke.
    ***************************************************************************
    7 tries from the 1 yd line (with 3 penalties called)
    Starting LT not playing
    Arrowhead Stadium

    It won’t be THAT game again. Oh yeah, olaying against a team THAT HAS BEEN THERE 3 previous years. Don’t YOU be shocked, son.

  9. packerbacker1987 says:
    January 28, 2022 at 1:55 pm
    Aaron Rodgers: “These regular season games that factor into MVP voting are why I play football”.

    100%. The man who said he had nothing left to prove. Dude, you have as many rings as Nick Foles (love Foles btw). What really have you proven?

  10. Joe Burrow’s Big Games:

    High School State Championship- 446 yards, 6 TDs, 1 Int, 52 points L 56-52 (not b/c of Burrow)

    2019 Regular Season
    LSU v. Alabama- 31/39, 79.5%, 393 yards, 3 TDs, 0 Int, W 46-41
    LSU v. Georgia- 28/38, 73.7%, 349 yards, 4 TDs, 0 Int, W 37-10

    2019 CFP
    LSU v. Oklahoma- 29/29, 74.4%, 493 yards, 7 TDs, 0 Int, W 63-28
    LSU v. Clemson- 31/49, 63.3%, 463 yards, 5 TDs, 0 Int, W 42-25

    2021 Regular Season
    Bengals v. Ravens- 80.4%, 525 yards, 4 Tds, 0 Int, W 41-21
    Bengals v. Chiefs- 76.9%, 446 yards, 4 TDs, 0 Int, W 34-31

    2021 Post Season
    Bengals v. Raiders- 70.6%, 244 yards, 2 TDs, 0 Int, W 26-19
    Bengals v. Titans- 75.7%, 348 yards, 0 TDs, 1 INT

  11. Most likeable QB unlike some of the older ones that lie he’d be perfect replacement for State Farm to hire.

  12. Let’s see how many of y’all spouting here will be back with hat in hand Monday…………………

  13. Reno Hightower says:
    January 28, 2022 at 1:03 pm
    America will be shocked Sunday. Noone in Cincinnati will be. First game was no fluke.
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    You mean the game where Burrows passed for 446 yards/4 TDs and still only win by a field goal as time expired?

  14. Some of y’all have a weird Rodgers obsession…

    Anyway, Burrow is a stud. He thrives in big games and I can’t wait to watch him play Sunday. Hoping to see a Stafford v Burrow SB! That’d piss off the pundits for sure.

  15. Big Games? Dude you haven’t even played 2 full seasons in the NFL. How many big games have you played in the NFL? Ask the guy you’re getting ready to face Sunday about playing in big games.

  16. patsfan4lifedynasty says:
    January 28, 2022 at 2:23 pm
    Joe Burrow > Josh Allen

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    Mitch trubisky > Mac Jones.

  17. It’s amusing how so many feel the need to make a prediction on the outcome of this game. Seems like most of the predictions are biased in some way. This Chiefs team has more playoffs experience and have shown that they can rise when the spotlight is shining brightest. This Bengals team is extremely talented. I’m sure they’ll show up ready to play and will likely use the underdog chip on their shoulders as extra motivation. If you’re thinking with your brain and not your heart, who do you really think will win? Which team do you really think is better?

  18. Christopher Allan says:
    January 28, 2022 at 3:05 pm
    Reno Hightower says:
    January 28, 2022 at 1:03 pm
    America will be shocked Sunday. Noone in Cincinnati will be. First game was no fluke.
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    You mean the game where Burrows passed for 446 yards/4 TDs and still only win by a field goal as time expired?

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    Yes that one, ya know the one kansas city lost and the bengals won.

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