1. Can Joe Burrow create a legacy-defining moment?
Joe Burrow has an opportunity to do something that nobody except Tom Brady has yet to accomplish against the Kansas City Chiefs in the Patrick Mahomes era. That is defeating them in the playoffs at Arrowhead.
Burrow has already had a historic run in the postseason. He was the first player in only his second NFL season to lead his team to the AFC title game, he helped the Cincinnati Bengals get their first-ever road playoff game in the franchise’s history, and Burrow also ended the 31-year playoff drought in Cincinnati that several quarterbacks couldn’t manage to do.
This would top them all.
To defeat a team like the Chiefs on the road for the second time in the same season to advance to the Super Bowl in just your second year would be remembered forever. The Chiefs have been in the past two Super Bowls so preventing them from getting to a third would be quite the resumé booster for Burrow.
Josh Allen is considered one of the best quarterbacks in the league (which he is) and gets compared to Mahomes more than any other young quarterback yet has lost back-to-back years to Mahomes in Kansas City.
For Burrow to get a win in his first game on the road in Missouri and escape with a win to advance to the Super Bowl, would make people have to start putting him in that Mahomes/Allen conversation.
These are just a few things to watch when the stripes take on the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium this Sunday afternoon.