Best and worst from Joe Burrow in Week 8 loss to Jets

Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images) /

After stumbling to the Jets, Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals have to put it in the rearview mirror and move on. While we’ll do the same as the Bengals/Browns matchup inches closer, let’s take some time to look back at Burrow’s performance.

While Burrow shouldn’t get off the hook for this loss, he played well in the loss, throwing for 259 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception. He was also sacked three times.

There was a lot to like about Burrow despite the outcome and that’s what we’ll dive into here. Let’s check out the best and worst from Joey Franchise.

Best from Joe Burrow

Burrow had his fair share of bright moments in the loss but the biggest came in the fourth quarter when it looked like the team finally had enough breathing room to eke out a win. Burrow, knowing his team needed a touchdown, was able to scramble around enough to find an open Tyler Boyd for a 10-yard touchdown that put Cincy up 31-20.

When this touchdown happened, fans felt confident that the stripes would prevail and win the ball game. Of course, that didn’t end up happening though, as the Jets stormed back and won.

Worst from Joe Burrow

Burrow had a good day at the office but the biggest mistake he made came at the worst possible time. He was picked off in the red zone on a batted pass. This gave the Jets an automatic red zone possession and, well — We know what happened next.

The batted pass isn’t entirely on Burrow, but this is becoming a trend with him. He’s thrown an interception in four straight games and this one came at the worst possible time. The Bengals had a chance to bleed the clock and add to their points, but that didn’t happen due to the pick by Burrow.

Yes, Zac Taylor should have been running the ball in that situation to wind the clock down a bit, but I’m also not upset that he put the ball in Burrow’s hands for once. Unfortunately, turning the ball over is something that can happen when the quarterback drops back to pass, and Burrow’s one turnover from the day came at a time where it absolutely couldn’t happen.

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Even with the loss, Joe Burrow still looked good and did pretty much everything he could. On that touchdown drive that resulted in Boyd hauling in a touchdown pass, Burrow looked like the kind of quarterback this team was hoping he’d be when they spent the No. 1 pick on him and that’s the positive angle from the loss.