The Cincinnati Bengals are thrilled to have Joe Burrow healthy and ready to go when the team takes on the Minnesota Vikings in Week 1 of the 2021 season. Burrow threw for over 6,000 yards as a senior at LSU during the 2019 college football season and led the Tigers to a National Championship.
The hope when the Bengals took Burrow No. 1 overall last year was that he would be able to go blow for blow with opponents. With how pass-happy the NFL has become, defenses aren’t what they used to be and the Bengals have a chance to really put up a lot of points against some of the weaker defenses in the league.
Of course, with the Bengals’ defense not being so hot in recent years, it’s a necessity for Burrow to put up big numbers because the defense could have trouble limiting the other team. So, without further ado, let’s check out three teams that Burrow should be able to have big games against in 2021.
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow could torch the Las Vegas Raiders in 2021
The Las Vegas Raiders were on their way to making the playoffs a season ago but melted down in the second half of the season. A big reason as to why was because their defense couldn’t limit anyone and that led to their defensive coordinator getting fired in the process, a move that needed to be made much earlier than it was.
The Raiders finished the season as the third-worst defense in the league. That won’t cut it, especially when they have to face Patrick Mahomes and now Justin Herbert twice a season.
Even with the new defensive coordinator in Las Vegas, the Raiders allowed the seventh-most passing yards last season. Vegas allowed over 30 points in 10 of their 16 games last season and allowed 20 points or more in all but two games. That’s a bad defense right there.
While the unit should be better in 2021, it won’t happen overnight. This is a defense that Joe Burrow should be able to take advantage of and put up points against when the Bengals head to Sin City in Week 11.