5 dream scenarios for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2022

Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)
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Joe Burrow #9, Ja'Marr Chase #1, Cincinnati Bengals
Joe Burrow #9, Ja’Marr Chase #1, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

Dream No. 5: Ja’Marr Chase cruises to Triple-Crown

Ja’Marr Chase is a man that keeps his promises. In his post-draft presser, he told reporters he would break all the Bengals records. Well, he’s off to a blazing start and has already stated even bigger goals for 2022.

His biggest goal is the triple-crown, which Cooper Kupp just accomplished for the Rams. However, the talent of the Bengals offense might restrict Chase’s goals.

Do the Bengals need Chase to be a triple-crown winner? No.

They could have the league’s No. 1 offense by simply repeating the near-even target share they had in 2021. But if Chase is good enough to win a triple-crown in a crowded offense, facing constant double teams, then the Bengals have themselves Joe Montana-Jerry Rice 2.0.

Montana and Rice posted 446 receptions for 7,866 yards and 79 touchdowns in six seasons together, which averages out to 81 receptions, 1,454yards, and 15 touchdowns per season (17gm average).

Ja’Marr Chase just posted 81 catches 1,455 yards and 13 scores, nearly identical to the Montana-Rice 17-game average.

A Triple-Crown would take about 110 receptions, 1,800 yards, and 14 touchdowns to win. This would put Chase at 191 catches for 3,255 yards and 27 touchdowns through two seasons, and put the duo in a position to easily outpace the 49ers legends.

Joe Burrow seems to share a brain with Chase, and if they can win the AFC one year and the triple crown the next? They’ll be on their way to being the greatest QB-WR combo in the history of the game.

Now that’s a fun dream.

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