The Cincinnati Bengals won a tightly contested game over the Denver Broncos and Joe Burrow didn’t put up gaudy numbers but he and the stripes got it done. The good guys won 15-10 and moved to 8-6 on the year. They currently lead the division but if the Browns win on Monday, Cleveland jumps into the top spot in the AFC North.
Burrow finished this game going 15-of-22 for 157 yards and a touchdown while scampering for 25 yards off of five carries. He was sacked three times and finished with a quarterback rating of 52.0 and a rating of 103.8.
Yeah, the numbers don’t exactly pop off the page, do they?
Be that as it may, Burrow was a key contributor on the offensive side of the ball. With his receivers well-covered and not getting open (sans Tyler Boyd), Burrow took it upon himself at least three times to take off with the football and run for the first down. That kept the drive alive and allowed the team to hang in there and eventually leave Denver with the much-needed victory.
What grade does Joe Burrow deserve for his Week 15 performance?
While Burrow’s stats from this game aren’t great, there was only so much he could do with a bum offensive line and a solid Broncos secondary covering his top weapons. He was able to connect with Boyd on several big plays and that helped bail the offense out.
With all of this in mind, I’m giving Burrow a C+ for his efforts against the Broncos. He went up against a tough defense and continued to keep his team in it. It’d have been nice if Zac Taylor had put that 3rd-and-9 in Burrow’s hands instead of playing it safe and running it, but hey, it worked out so I guess we shouldn’t keep hammering this to death.
What grade would you give Burrow for his performance against the Broncos?