Cincinnati Bengals could realistically garner 4 big awards in 2021

Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Ja'Marr Chase, Cincinnati Bengals
Ja’Marr Chase, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) /

Offensive Rookie of the Year

When Ja’Marr Chase was taken over Penei Sewell in the 2021 draft, half of Bengaldom groaned while the other half celebrated.

The overwhelming consensus among the “experts” was the Bengals didn’t address their offensive line issues, and the drafting of Chase over Sewell was going to get Burrow murdered. On its face that wasn’t a crazy opinion, however, a deeper look at the Bengals offseason additions as well as addressing the line later in the draft displays a different narrative.

Frank Pollack has invigorated this line and they are getting more cohesive by the week, and the results are showing up on the stat sheet. Consequently, Joe Burrow is more comfortable and has rekindled his college love affair with Chase, resulting in a historic start for the rookie.

Through seven games, Chase has the most yards EVER for a rookie with 754. Think about that. Think about Randy Moss and Justin Jefferson and DK Metcalf. Chase has gone where none of them went. The best part is that he is making it look easy.

Folks, there’s no need to quote stats or odds or anything else. This race is over, Ja’Marr Chase will be the Offensive Rookie of the Year. Penei Sewell, best of luck to you in Detroit, but the Bengals made the correct call.

Ja’Marr Chase’s OROTY odds currently sit at +100.