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Bengals: 3 ways Joe Burrow can flourish vs. Steelers in Week 3

CINCINNATI, OHIO - AUGUST 29: Joe Burrow #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals warms up before the a preseason game against the Miami Dolphins at Paul Brown Stadium on August 29, 2021 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OHIO - AUGUST 29: Joe Burrow #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals warms up before the a preseason game against the Miami Dolphins at Paul Brown Stadium on August 29, 2021 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /
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Cincinnati Bengals, Joe Burrow
Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

2. Recognize pressure and get rid of the ball quickly

Joe Burrow creates many plays for the Bengals, which will never go unnoticed, but the former number one overall pick has struggled this year with his pocket presence and sensing when it’s time to throw the ball away or take the open check down.

He likes to try and make a play on every down, and that’s a great mindset to have, but often it has resulted in a sack or getting hit when he doesn’t need to be. If a play is dead, throwing the ball away is not the worst thing to do. It will always be better than taking a loss of yardage.

The offensive line has to be better, undoubtedly, and that is obvious to all NFL fans. There is no excuse to let your quarterback and leader of your team to get hit the amount he is. They need to take more pride in protecting number nine and keeping that jersey clean. With that said, however, Burrow can help out the solution by contributing his side of it.

Burrow has been sacked nine times through two games, which is just way too many times, but out of those nine, a few have been caused by Burrow trying to create a play when it is not there. That is a part of a young quarterback growing and developing, so being patient is something many need to learn. Suppose it is his teammates, coaches, or just fans.

I expect Burrow to have a serious bounce-back week this Sunday and make a statement with his performance on the road.

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