Bengals vs. Rams: Who has the edge on offense in Super Bowl LVI?

Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)
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Joe Burrow
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1. Joe Burrow vs. Matthew Stafford

Joe Burrow is currently receiving all of the praise in the world, and rightfully so. In only his second season in the league, the former LSU Heisman winner has chewed up defenses and spit them out.

With 4,611 passing yards, 34 touchdowns, only 14 picks, and a league-leading completion percentage of 70.4%, Burrow has become the new man around town. But, regardless of how great his regular season numbers are, Stafford is currently sitting close by with his hands on his hips wondering if he’s become invisible all of a sudden.

Stafford threw for 4,886 yards, 41 TDs, and 17 interceptions during the regular season – officially ending the discussion of whether or not he could play under the bright lights. In the postseason, both guys have been fairly impressive. Statistically, Stafford has the edge:

  • Stafford: 905 passing yards, 6 TDs, 1 INT, 72 CMP%
  • Burrow: 842 passing yards, 4 TDs, 2 INTs, 68.8 CMP%

The debate should be pretty cut and dry, shouldn’t it? Stafford has the better numbers and a longer track record of success. While that might be the case, just look at what Stafford has around him. Odell Beckham Jr., Cooper Kupp, Von Miller, Jalen Ramsey, and Aaron Donald will either be inducted into the Hall of Fame or find their names on the ballot.

Effectively, Stafford has the ultimate dream team on his side. Burrow, on the other hand, has gotten to where he is thanks to clutch play and several young stars who have no idea what they’re doing as of yet.

Let’s tell the truth here, Stafford was expected to make the Super Bowl since he was first traded to LA. The Bengals though, were viewed as a competitive and scrappy team who would take another small step in their rebuild. Now that they’re in the Super Bowl, everyone is viewing them differently. Burrow deserves all of the credit in the world for that and in our opinion, he’s the better quarterback of the two.

Verdict: Joe Burrow