Even though Burrow came out on top of this one, Lawrence certainly made things interesting. He tossed for 204 yards while rushing for 36 yards and a touchdown. Some of the throws he made against the Bengals secondary were incredible and it reminded all of us of why he went No. 1 overall in the draft.
Lawrence was good but Burrow was better. This was exactly the case the first time these two met in the National Championship during the 2019 college football season, as Lawrence put up respectable numbers but Burrow threw for five touchdowns and led his team to the title.
Joe Burrow vs. Trevor Lawrence is the rivalry we all need
With the Bengals not being a “contender” quite yet, they’ll be playing teams like Jacksonville more often than not. This could lead to quite a few Burrow vs. Lawrence showdowns over the years and if they’re anything like Thursday night’s outing, we’ll be in for a fun ride with these two going head-to-head for hopefully the next decade.
Maybe this won’t be the next Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady rivalry but no Bengals fan will complain if Burrow vs. Lawrence becomes a must-see in the NFL over the next 10-15 years. Hopefully these two quarterbacks can lead their respective franchises to bigger and brighter things.