Joe Burrow report card from record-breaking week 16 vs Ravens

Leigh Oleszczak
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow -Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow -Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports /

Comments were made before Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals took the Baltimore Ravens to the woodshed and they were ones that fueled Burrow to put on the clinic he did on Sunday.

For those who might have missed it, Ravens defensive coordinator Wink Martindale was asked if he’d double/triple-team Ja’Marr Chase in the same way he had his defense cover Davante Adams. When answering the question, Martindale threw shade Burrow’s direction and the Bengals quarterback made sure the Ravens defensive coordinator wouldn’t forget it.

As Cincy piled on to make it a 41-21 victory and to put them in sole possession of first place in the AFC North, Burrow had the comments in the back of his mind. He finished the game with 525 yards through the air to go along with four touchdowns. It was a career-high day in passing for Burrow and that happening against the Ravens made it even sweeter.

What grade does Joe Burrow deserve for his Week 16 performance?

I can’t give Burrow anything other than an A+.

Not only did the guy throw for a career-high 525 yards, but he threw four touchdowns and took care of the football. There was a point where he threw an interception but it was as a result of defensive holding so the pick was taken off the stat sheet.

Burrow has struggled to take care of the football this year and I’ve docked him on these report cards as a result of that. With him throwing for over 500 yards, four touchdowns, and no picks, however, there’s no reason the guy doesn’t deserve a perfect score for his outing in this one.

Burrow put Martindale and the league on notice and yes, it came against a practice squad defense but who cares? He did what was expected of him and that’s all you can ask for when that’s the case.

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A+ for Joey Franchise.