Joe Burrow has four second half showdowns against other young QBs
Joe Burrow is on a record-setting pace in his rookie season and has four second-half games against other young quarterbacks that will provide a good barometer to his progression.
Four of the Bengals’ first eight games of the 2020 season came against teams that started QBs in their third season or less. The Bengals are 1-3 in those games with the sole win coming against the one-win Jaguars. The three losses came against the Browns twice and Ravens once. Joe Burrow performed well against his peers.
Games against teams with other young QBs provide Joe Burrow a chance to play in games against his peers. Cleveland’s Baker Mayfield and Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson, the reigning NFL MVP, are the future of the AFC Central with Ben Roethlisberger of Pittsburgh at the end of his career.
Burrow threw for 300 yards or more in three of those games and five times total this season. The Bengals did not play against Justin Herbert in the opening game loss to the Chargers. Veteran Tyrod Taylor started the opener before Herbert made his first start week two. Burrow and Herbert are the main challengers for Rookie of the Year.
The Bengals and Browns have played two epic games this season. Burrow had two valiant performances that fell short. The Bengals lost 35-30 in the second game of the season with Burrow throwing for 316 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions and rushing for 19 yards on seven carries.
Mayfield threw for 219 yards two TDs, one INT and ran three times for five yards. The 37-34 loss to Cleveland in week seven was one of the most memorable in the history of the battle for Ohio.
Burrow had his best game as a pro throwing for 406 yards, three TD with one INT and ran six times for 34 yards and another TD.