Bengals: Joe Burrow vs. Trevor Lawrence part 2 should be fun

Joe Burrow #9 of the LSU Tigers talks with Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Joe Burrow #9 of the LSU Tigers talks with Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) /

It’s not hard to see why the Cincinnati Bengals‘ Week 4 matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars was chosen for Thursday Night Football. Both teams have struggled in recent years with the Bengals holding the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft and the Jaguars drafting first overall in this year’s draft.

As a result, the Bengals have Joe Burrow as their quarterback while the Jaguars are three games into the Trevor Lawrence era. While Lawrence was the unquestioned number one overall pick from the minute he stepped onto the scene at Clemson as a freshman, Burrow being the first pick was a bigger surprise, as he wasn’t a big name entering his senior season at LSU.

After a 2019 campaign that saw him toss for over 5,600 yards and 60 touchdowns, however, Burrow was more than on the map. He won the Heisman Trophy, led LSU to a National Championship, and went first overall to the Bengals, a team that won just two games in 2019.

Lawrence joins a Jaguars team who won just one game in 2020 and it came in Week 1. Jacksonville is still riding their losing streak that began last season in Week 2 and they’ll look to break the streak this Thursday night in Cincinnati.

Bengals QB Joe Burrow squares off against Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence

The last time these two guys’ teams faced each other was in January of 2020 (feels like a lifetime ago, doesn’t it?) when Burrow’s LSU Tigers matched up against Lawrence’s Clemson Tigers. It was a fun game with LSU winning 42-25 and Burrow throwing for 463 yards and five touchdowns.

Ja’Marr Chase had 221 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Tee Higgins — who was catching passes from Lawrence — ended the night with three catches for 52 yards.

Burrow got the better of Lawrence in that one and handed him the first loss of his collegiate career.

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While the rosters look different for Burrow and Lawrence now, this game was chosen for primetime because it pits the back-to-back first overall picks against each other and gives us a rematch of that quarterback battle from that National Championship game.

The Bengals are favored by over a touchdown but never sleep on Trevor Lawrence.