4. Comparing offensive lines
Joe Burrow has grown way too accustomed to knowing what dirt tastes like.
After spending much of his rookie season running for his life, which ultimately resulted in a torn ACL and MCL, the Bengals did a poor overall job of fixing their needs up front. During the regular season, Burrow was sacked more than any other QB, 51 times. His postseason run has been much of the same as he leads all opposing QBs with 11 sacks. The Tennessee Titans particularly made the life of Burrow a living hell, sacking him nine times total and invariably giving him little to no time to get rid of the ball.
On the other side, Mahomes sleeps well at night knowing he’ll play a relatively clean game from the pocket. In the regular season, Mahomes was sacked just a total of 28 times. And, in two postseason contests, he’s only been sacked five times total.
With the clock winding down in an incredibly close ball game against the Buffalo Bills in the divisional round, Mahomes was given all the time in the world down the stretch. And with it, he found his playmakers time and time again to eke out one of the greatest games you’ll ever see in your life.
As a whole, the Chiefs aren’t great at getting their hands on the quarterback. But, neither were the Tennessee Titans during the regular season and they had an absolute field day ripping through the horrific offensive line of the Bengals.
Neither squad, in actuality, is known as menacing when targeting the QB. But unless the Bengals improve massively in the next few weeks, we have a feeling Joe Burrow will be running for his life again.