The Cincinnati Bengals are fortunate to have their quarterback of the future in Joe Burrow. Even better, Burrow is “all systems go” for the season opener, which is huge news for the Bengals. While the Bengals might be the worst team in the division, Burrow is not the worst quarterback in the AFC North. That might be Ben Roethlisberger, at least according to Adam Schein of CBS Sports Network.
Schein recorded a video segment where he discussed the Bengals’ season and what to expect from them. He said the Bengals will surprise some people and then a graphic of their schedule popped up on the screen. Schein went through the first quarter of the schedule and said there’s no reason why the Bengals couldn’t win those games.
The most compelling part of the segment, however, was when Schein said the Bengals can win more games than Pittsburgh because Burrow is better than Roethlisberger.
Is Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow better than Ben Roethlisberger?
This is all Schein’s opinion, of course, but it’s not hard to believe. Roethlisberger threw for 3,803 yards, 33 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions through 15 starts last year while Burrow threw for 2,688 yards, 13 touchdowns, and five picks through 10 starts. Burrow also added three touchdowns on the ground.
Many people have the Steelers struggling this year because they didn’t do a ton in free agency and also still have an aging Big Ben as their quarterback. Roethlisberger is 39 years old and entering his 18th year in the league while Burrow is 24 and going into year two. The injuries have seemed to have caught up to Big Ben, as he struggled down the stretch for Pittsburgh (though he did throw for over 500 yards in the Steelers’ playoff loss but that was because they were really behind).
Schein believes the Bengals can make some noise this year and that’s exciting for the fans. Burrow was drafted by this organization to be the savior and lead this team to the playoffs and hopefully a playoff win — something that hasn’t happened for Cincinnati since 1990.
The Bengals and Steelers face off in Week 3 in Pittsburgh and this is a statement game for Cincinnati. Kick the Steelers in the teeth early and show them you’re not the bottom of the barrel in the division anymore. Burrow has a chance to ball out in that game and if he outduels Roethlisberger, it won’t just be Schein singing his praises.
Is Burrow better than Roethlisberger? Are the Bengals going to win more games than the Steelers? We’ll have to wait and see.