Cincinnati Bengals: All-time passing leaders in franchise history

Quarterback Joe Burrow #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Quarterback Joe Burrow #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /
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Cincinnati Bengals All-Time Passing Leaders – No. 6: Joe Burrow (11,774)

Bengals Quarterback from 2020-Present

When I first put this list together, Joe Burrow was No. 10 all-time in passing yards despite only being in the league for a year. After a very impressive sophomore season that saw Burrow and his Bengals make it all the way to the Super Bowl, he’s climbed into the No. 7 spot on the list and after reaching the AFC title game in year three, he's climbed to No. 6.

Let’s take it back to the beginning though.

After a magical season at LSU in 2019 that ended with Burrow and the Tigers celebrating in the locker room with cigars, he was a no-brainer pick with the first overall draft choice, a distinguished honor that the Bengals held after a nightmare season. Burrow won the Heisman Trophy and was enjoying the best season a college quarterback has ever had while the Bengals won just two games.

In year one, Burrow looked solid but an injury ended his promising rookie season. He came back stronger in year two, throwing for 4,611 yards (a single-season high for the Bengals organization) and 34 touchdowns compared to 14 interceptions.

Burrow changed the narrative surrounding the Cincinnati Bengals and it’s clear this team has their franchise quarterback. Both seasons that he's been fully healthy has resulted in the Bengals reaching the AFC title game. They haven't won the Super Bowl yet but you have to think it's coming as long as Burrow is the QB.

If I'm trying to predict where Burrow is on this list after the 2023 season, I'd say he climbs into the top 5.