7 shining stars from Bengals’ blowout Week 16 win vs Ravens

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2. Tee Higgins

Had Joe Burrow not gone down with an injury last year, it’s not crazy to think that Tee Higgins would have had over 1,000 yards receiving as a rookie. The second-round pick was sensational as a rookie but not having Burrow out there definitely hurt his chances at getting past the 1,000-yard mark.

Well, having Burrow back has made the difference, as Higgins has 1,000 yards receiving for the first time in his NFL career. He had a monster game against the Ravens, grabbing 12 receptions for 194 yards and two touchdowns and announcing to the NFL world (if they didn’t already know) that he is one of the best young receivers in the league.

1. Joe Burrow

Was there any doubt about this one?

Burrow threw for 525 yards and four touchdowns against the Ravens, who yes, were beat up but Joey Franchise did exactly what he should have done against a depleted secondary filled with practice squad players.

It was pretty clear that Burrow was having fun in this one. He was making magic happen and if the team is able to get that playoff monkey off their back this year, it’ll be because of Burrow and the swagger he’s brought to this organization.

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Did I miss any shining stars from the Bengals’ big win over the Ravens?