Cincinnati Bengals: Weekly MVPs from Week 7 win over Ravens

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase -Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase -Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports /
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Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) – Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports /

The Cincinnati Bengals not only won but put up 41 points in a thrashing of the Baltimore Ravens. There were a few people who believed in the Bengals but most fans were hoping to just compete.

Now, it’s gonna be hard to not get excited about the Bengals and expect a playoff appearance. With all the good things to look at this week, let’s take a look at the MVPs on all sides of the ball.

Cincinnati Bengals MVPs

Offensive MVP: Joe Burrow

I almost put Ja’Marr Chase here and Evan McPherson as the Rookie MVP but then I remembered that Joe Burrow had the game of his life, against the red hot rival Ravens, in Baltimore. So how do you not go with the fearless leader?

Burrow threw for the most yards in a game since beginning his NFL career with 416 yards and three touchdowns. He looked confident and the o-line did well to protect Burrow, which is how the Bengals succeeded.

Not only did Burrow flourish behind this line but so did Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine. The offense garnered 520 yards of offense, the most this Ravens team has allowed this season. With the running game humming as it was on Sunday, it allows Burrow to open the passing game.

Phil Simms compared Burrow to Joe Montana but it’s early for those kinds of comparisons. It’s easy to see why Simms would make that comparison though. Burrow doesn’t light up every team like Patrick Mahomes but he is efficient and has complete control of his offense. I feel comfortable with Burrow having the ball needing to make a play.

If you’re not a Bengals fan I don’t think I can really state what Burrow’s performance means. Lamar Jackson has had the Bengals number since entering the league. The Bengals have always struggled against division opponents. However, with Burrow, it looks like those days might be done.

Even if they don’t win every division game, they will no longer be a pushover with Burrow at the helm.