3 things Cincinnati Bengals fans should be thankful for in 2021

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Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals
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1. Joe Burrow is the franchise quarterback

In order to be a true Super Bowl contender, an NFL team needs to have a franchise quarterback. We’ve seen teams like the Kansas City Chiefs rise to the ranks of a Super Bowl contender year in and year out because they have Patrick Mahomes. The Buffalo Bills are considered a Super Bowl contender because they have Josh Allen.

Well, fortunately for the Bengals, they appear to have their franchise quarterback and his name is Joe Burrow, who they took No. 1 overall a year ago. Burrow had an insanely good season at LSU in 2019, winning the Heisman Trophy, and leading the Tigers to the National Championship title that season. That resulted in him going No. 1 to the Bengals in the 2020 NFL Draft.

As a rookie, Burrow showed plenty of swagger and confidence through his 10 games as the starting quarterback. An injury might have sidelined him for the final six games of his rookie campaign but he was back under center this year and that swagger hasn’t faded.

C.J. Uzomah coined the nickname “Joey Franchise” for his quarterback because, well — He’s the franchise.

As long as the Bengals have Burrow and give him the tools to succeed, they have the ability to be very good for a very long time.

It’s hard to find a franchise quarterback but the Cincinnati Bengals have theirs and that’s absolutely a reason to be thankful.

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Happy Thanksgiving!