Following the Bengals’ 31-20 upset win over quarterback Joe Burrow threw some shade at Tennessee Titans cornerback Chris Jackson with a picture of an intending tackle the rookie titled social distancing.
In an Instagram post on Monday, Bengals rookie quarterback Joe Burrow threw shade at Tennessee Titans cornerback Chris Jackson following the 31-20 upset win. Burrow has received over 392,000 likes for the post among his 1.2 million followers on Instagram. Burrow had three carries for nine yards against Tennessee.
Burrow was 26-37 for 249 yards and two TDs in the victory over Tennessee. With a 106.7 passer rating, Burrow recorded the second-highest passer rating of his short career. Only the 112.5 passer rating Burrow recorded in the loss to Cleveland the previous week eclipsed his rating against the Titans.
The victory over the 5-2 and AFC South co-leader Titans gave Burrow reason to boast during a 2-5-1 season. Cincinnati has a bye week upcoming before playing at Pittsburgh and Washington the following two weeks. Burrow is perfecting his trash talk technique through social media and on the field early in his career.
One aspect of the trash-talking by Burrow will be that he has many former LSU and Ohio State teammates in the NFL. Burrow was the first of 14 former Tigers selected in the 2020 NFL Draft. Burrow will be directly facing Baltimore Ravens’ linebacker and close friend Patrick Queen as long as both stay with their current teams.
Queen was a key part of the LSU defense during the Tigers’ historic 15-0 season. With 48 tackles, four tackles for loss, five QB hits, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one TD, Queen is a strong Defensive Rookie of the Year candidate. Queen returned the fumble for a TD after a strip-sack of Burrow.
"“Joe knows I’m going to talk a little trash…Joe’s my guy. I love him to death. When he did that little quarterback sneak, I got a few words in. You know how it gets in between us, competitive, we always want to be great, we always want to win. I know it’s still going to be a fun rivalry all the way up until the time that we’re done.”"
Queen discussed the trash talking with Ravens.Com. Burrow and the Bengals will get a second chance at the Ravens on January 3 in the final game of the regular season. Baltimore is currently chasing the 7-0 Steelers for supremacy in the AFC North with a 5-2 record. Cleveland is a half-game behind Baltimore at 5-3.
With the new playoff format, this season the top seven teams in each conference receive berths. The Browns currently hold the seventh spot. It has been speculated the NFL could add an eighth playoff team in each conference. The Bengals are currently two games behind 4-3 Miami and Las Vegas should that happen.