Despite the sacks, Joe Burrow confident in offensive line

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Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /

Joe Burrow is being lauded for what he’s done with the Cincinnati Bengals.

In only his second season in the league, the former number one overall pick has it all figured out. Not only did Burrow push the normally bottom-feeding Bengals into the playoffs this year, but he waltzed onto the field against both the Tennessee Titans and the Kansas City Chiefs as a sizable underdog but would go on to win.

While Burrow has enjoyed his run to the Super Bowl, many are now concerned for his safety. The former Heisman Trophy winner is set to square off against the LA Rams and could find himself in a world of trouble against the likes of Aaron Donald and Von Miller.

Considering that Burrow’s offensive line has continually allowed pass rushers to get in his face and drag him to the dirt, Burrow could be in for a long and painful night. Presently, Burrow has been sacked 12 times in the postseason, more than any other current quarterback. Also, he was sacked nine times against the Tennessee Titans, tying an NFL record.

If we look at his regular season numbers, his 51 total sacks rank number one as well. But, regardless of what’s been viewed as a poor offensive line, Burrow expressed confidence to ESPN’s Ben Baby that his line will do just fine when Super Bowl Sunday comes rolling by.

To Burrow’s credit, his line played much better in the Bengals AFC Championship Game against the Chiefs. Despite the heavy pressure, Burrow was sacked only once. Also, to further back Burrow’s confidence in his line, the Rams haven’t been great when it comes to getting their hands on the quarterback.

In three games, the Rams have managed to register only five sacks, hardly something Burrow should be worried about. Of course, there’s a chance that Miller and Donald completely wreck the game for the Bengals, but with Burrow having complete faith in the men upfront and with his line rewarding him with near-flawless play in the AFC Championship Game, he has reason to not be worried.

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