3 key observations of Joe Burrow from Week 5 vs. Packers

Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
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Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals
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1. This dude is nails.

I don’t think anyone has questioned Joe Burrow’s toughness, but at this point no one will. The protection, as well as the game plan has been much better the last couple weeks, leading to fewer sacks on Burrow. However, sacks aren’t always the point. You don’t necessarily have to sack the quarterback to punish him.

Quarterback “hits” are an underrated stat in the NFL. Sunday against the Packers Joe Burrow absorbed eight of those underrated stats. Couple that with the three sacks he took and it’s safe to assume he is in the ice tub when he reads this article. (I can dream, right?)

Despite the abuse, harassment, and a finger to the throat that resulted in a trip to the hospital after the game, Burrow still managed to put this team in a position to win.

What more could you ask for in the face of the franchise?

As this line continues to gel (hopefully), and Burrow takes less abuse, he will just get better, and better. Until then we know nothing short of a broken bone, or something torn will keep the franchise off the field.