Cincinnati Bengals: 3 bold predictions for Joe Burrow in 2021
By Alex Austin
Joe Burrow should break Cincinnati Bengals’ mark for touchdowns
Speaking of records that Burrow could hold by the end of the season, passing touchdowns is another one to add to the list. That current mark is once again held by Andy Dalton in 2013 with 33.
In order for Burrow to break the record, he would need 34 touchdowns, or over the course of a 17 game season, which amounts to two per game on average. Totally doable, right?
During his rookie year, Burrow hit the two-touchdown mark or more on four separate occasions. The helped boost his overall touchdown count to 13 before he got injured. This year there are a few things that could help him improve on this number.
First, Burrow should be better because he has a year under his belt now. This gives him a better understanding of the players, concepts, offense, NFL speed, and himself, which should help him be a better player.
Second, Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins should both be better than who was on the team last year. Chase replaces an older A.J. Green who struggled throughout the year while Tee Higgins is slated for a breakout year and was on track to do so last year but lost his star quarterback, which put the brakes on that a bit.
Third, the Bengals still have a terrible defense so plenty of games will need to go into a shootout in order for Cincinnati to have a chance.
Add these all together and Joe Burrow has good odds to break two records in one year. Again, this might not be a bold prediction to some, but considering it’s only year two for the former LSU signal-caller, I’d say it’s still pretty dang bold.