NBC NFL analyst Chris Simms credits how Steelers defended Joe Burrow

Nov 15, 2020; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 15, 2020; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

NBC Sunday Night Football analyst Chris Simms credited the Pittsburgh Steelers for taking away the short passing game from Joe Burrow in their victory over the Bengals Sunday.

Joe Burrow had arguably the worst start of his rookie season in a 36-10 loss to Pittsburgh on Sunday. NBC Sunday Night Football analyst Chris Simms credited Burrow struggling to the Steelers taking away the Bengals short passing game. Simms discussed Burrow during the Ravens and Patriots pre-game Sunday night.

Burrow was 21-40 for 213 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions with a season-low 66.1 passer rating and 17.4 QBR. Those numbers go deeper than what they are on the surface. Burrow was 0-11 as the Bengals failed to convert a third down in 13 attempts. The Steelers pressured Burrow and took away short passes.

NBC Sports Sunday Night Football analyst Chris Simms observed how Pittsburgh defended Burrow. The Steelers finished with four sacks and held Burrow to 4.2 yards per attempt and 8.8 yards per completion. Burrow was outstanding in the Bengals previous game against Tennessee two weeks ago.

Burrow was 26-37 for 249 yards, 6.7 yards per attempt, two 77.9 TD, no interceptions a 106.7 passer rating and 77.9 QBR in the 31-20 victory against the Titans. Overall against good defenses this season, Burrow has struggled.

Burrow was 19-30 for 183 yards, no TDs, an interception, averaged 6.1 YPA, had a 66.4 passer rating and six (yes six) QBR in the 27-3 loss to Baltimore last month. The losses to Baltimore, Cincinnati and the season opener against the Los Angeles Chargers are the only games the Bengals did not score at least two TDs.

"“Joe Burrow was harassed all day. This defense got back to its basics. They really took away the short passing game and pressured Burrow. We didn’t see that last week.”"

Per Ben Baby of ESPN, Burrow was second in the NFL in completion percentage over expectation with QBs who had 200 or more attempts entering week 10 per NFL Next Gen Stats. Against Pittsburgh Burrow was 11 percent lower than expected. On the season, Burrow has a 61.3 expected completion percentage.

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Baby also backed up the analysis from Simms. Per Next Gen State, Burrow was 1-11 for 20 yards when Pittsburgh pressured him. Ben Roethlisberger was 7-10 for 108 yards with a TD when pressured. With the Washington Football team and New York Giants the next two weeks Burrow should have success.