Best and worst from Joe Burrow in week 12 demolition of Steelers

Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)
Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images) /

Joe Burrow might not have been the star from the Cincinnati Bengals‘ 41-10 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, but he definitely one of the many stars from the blowout win.

Burrow finished his 11th start of the season (a feat he didn’t reach last year due to the injury around this time last year) going 20-of-24 with 190 yards, one touchdown, and an interception while also adding a rushing touchdown to his resumé. It was one of Burrow’s best games of the season, even if the passing yards weren’t eye-popping.

First and foremost, his team kicked a division rival’s teeth all the way in and never let up off the gas. Secondly, Burrow was at one point being choked by Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt yet didn’t back down from one of the most feared defenders in the league. That’s badass.

Let’s check out Burrow’s best and worst from the 41-10 victory over the hated Steelers.

Best from Joe Burrow

This was tough but ultimately, I went with one of the more fun plays of the day from Burrow. In the first quarter, after a dominating possession by Joe Mixon, Burrow decided he wanted to be a ferocious rusher too. He took off with the football on the Bengals’ first possession and ran eight yards into the end zone to put Cincinnati up 7-0 after one drive.

When speaking to the media after the game, Burrow was asked about the touchdown run. He said that he “had a little boogie” and that his knee is feeling good.

Worst from Joe Burrow

Honestly, there wasn’t much bad from Burrow’s week 12 performance but one play stood out enough for me to even bring up a worst. It probably seems pretty obvious but it was the interception Burrow tossed in the second quarter.

It was still a close game at this point (well… close-ish) so the interception could have been costly but fortunately, Mike Hilton bailed his quarterback out on the very next play. Burrow now has 12 interceptions on the year and this is something he’s going to have to work on.

Most fans would gladly take a meaningless interception as their quarterback’s worst from a game, however. Burrow looked really good in this one and the confidence is growing. He has the swagger this team needs to contend down the stretch and is proving why he was worthy of the No. 1 overall pick last year.

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With six games remaining in the 2021 season, there’s still plenty of time for Burrow to work his way up the MVP leaderboards.