Joe Burrow has thrown for eight consecutive 2+ touchdown games, setting the record for the longest streak, but that didn’t change the outcome last week. Burrow has also thrown an interception in four straight games.
What will Joey Franchise have to do to have success against the Cleveland Browns this Sunday?
How Joe Burrow can shine vs. Browns
3. Get the ball out quickly and avoid the blitz
The Browns’ most significant strength is the pass rush and front seven. Their ability to blitz the QB with different schemes and disguises makes them a more vigorous defense than many anticipate.
When you have Myles Garrett on the end, that will shift a lot of focus to that side, considering he is probably the best pass rusher in the league so far through eight weeks. The Bengals will not only need to lock in on his side with a double-team block, but they will need to allow Burrow some pocket time to have success as an offense.
They cannot let freelance blitzes get into the backfield untouched, or it will be a long and slow day for the offense. Joe Burrow is one of the best passing quarterbacks while being blitzed, which is excellent, but that is not how the Bengals want to win games or have games go. Burrow has also had one of the highest turnover ratings so far this year, with nine interceptions.
If QB1 has more time to survey the field and make the correct and comfortable pass, he will have success nine times out of 10 because that’s the type of signal-caller he is. When consistently being rushed and being forced out of the pocket is when mistakes are made, and Cincinnati cannot let Cleveland hang around off of careless turnovers.
The implications of this game reign prominent within the AFC North.