Joe Burrow continues to be Bengals’ highest-graded player

Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /

The best player on this Cincinnati Bengals team needs no introduction: Joe Burrow.

Burrow has been shredding defenses all season, proving just how good the Bengals can be with a franchise-worthy quarterback under center.

It’s been a long time coming since Burrow suffered his season-ending injury last year, but the 25-year-old starlet has only improved week after week in 2021.

He most recently came off his fifth turnover-free game in the Bengals’ Week 15 triumph over the Denver Broncos, throwing for 157 yards and one touchdown.

While that game was less glamorous than others, Burrow never cracked under pressure and led Cincy to a much-needed victory as well as to the top of the AFC North.

If the Bengals are looking for a leader this season, they’ve definitely found one in Joe Burrow.

So it should come as no surprise that through 14 games, Burrow is considered the most consistently productive player on the team, per PFF.

Cincinnati Bengals’ Joe Burrow has best PFF grade on team in 2021

Other members of the Bengals offense like Joe Mixon and Tee Higgins had their incredible games, but neither player has performed as consistently well as Burrow thus far.

Through 14 games, Burrow has thrown for 3,640 yards and 39 touchdowns while adding 97 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns.

Doubters will point to his league-leading 14 interceptions and 44 sacks, which suggest Burrow takes too much time to throw the ball, and when he does, he can be careless with it.

Still, Week 15 marked back-to-back games when Burrow didn’t throw a single pick. Burrow has thrown three interceptions in the last five games, a huge improvement from midseason when Burrow was turning over the ball once or twice every game.

As far as analytics are concerned, other quarterbacks can boast better yardage or more touchdowns, like Patrick Mahomes or Justin Herbert.

But PFF takes a host of other factors into consideration. For instance, Burrow has completed 68.7 percent of his passes this season — the only quarterbacks to top that percentage are Kyler Murray, Mac Jones, and Tua Tagovailoa.

Burrow also leads the pack in big-time throws over the past 10 weeks, ranking quite high in 20-plus yard pass completions.

After his Week 15 performance, Burrow officially surpassed Tom Brady as the NFL’s highest-graded quarterback this season with his 90.4 PFF grade. While Burrow nabbed his eighth win of the season, the GOAT posted his worst stat line of the season in a shutout loss to the Saints, causing his overall PFF grade to drop ever so slightly to 90.0.

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Burrow will take the 0.4 advantage for now, and no doubt he’ll continue playing at an elite level in 2021. Keep it going, Joey B.