Cincinnati Bengals: 3 ways Joe Burrow can shine vs. Bears in Week 2

Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals
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When Joe Burrow stepped onto the field last Sunday vs the Vikings, Cincinnati Bengals fans worldwide breathed a huge sigh of relief. The franchise was back! The franchise IS back!

All Burrow did was show poise, leadership, and savvy beyond his years in leading his first-ever game-winning comeback. Look no further than the pass to C.J. Uzomah that set up Evan McPherson’s game-winner in overtime.

Not only was it incredibly clutch, but Burrow also called it himself! Who does that? Joe Burrow does, that’s who!

However, as well as Burrow played, there is always room for improvement. Here are three ways the Cincy signal-caller can shine vs the Bears.

1. Spread the ball around

Yes, the connection with Ja’Marr Chase was a thing of sheer beauty.

Yes, we ALL needed to see Chase actually catch a few non striped balls, however some balance will need to be achieved.

How much was play-calling and how much was Burrow breaking in his favorite receiver remains to be seen, but to keep teams from attempting to lock down the talented rookie, the Bengals are going to need to figure out how to get the other pass catchers more involved.

With a higher volume passing game projected (by me) against the Bears, it would be a welcomed sight to see Auden Tate garner at least 3-4 targets as well as Boyd getting more looks. Just for fun, let’s even get C.J. Uzomah a couple more targets.

After last week he deserves it. My long-winded point is, if JB9 can spread the love around a little against the Bears, it will definitely give d coordinators across the league something to think about.