Joe Burroughs did his best to help the Bengals win the AFC North title over the course of the season.
The whole campaign for Burroughs was an impressive change when he tore both ACL and MCL in his left knee during his rookie season, helping him make a strong case for the Comeback Player of the Year.
But in the last two games he has played, a matchup with AFC North rivals Ravens and the last two years’ AFC champions, the Chiefs, have taken their game to the next level. He crossed nearly 1,000 yards and crossed four touchdowns in each game, helping Cincinnati to win the division title each and give the starters a break in Week 18.
What does that stretch mean for Bengal, and where is its place in history? Sports news breaks it.
Which is a bad statistic
In a win over the Broncos in Week 15, the Bengals needed to beat the Ravens to end the season as AFC North champions, defeating the Browns and at least winning the next game.
Before Cincinnati took the field in Week 16, the Browns lost to the Packers on Christmas Day, meaning the Bengals needed to win one more game in the remaining years to beat Baltimore and become champions. That game, Burroughs put in his career-best numbers, hitting Baltimore with 525 yards and four touchdowns 80.4 percent of the total and winning 41-21. It was a record for a single-game pass for Cincinnati and the fourth-most singles record in NFL history.
Somehow, Burroughs managed to find a way to make the performance one-up. Playing against a strong opponent and healthy defense in Kansas City, Burroughs completed 76.9 percent of his 446-yard pass and with four more touchdowns to give Bengal a 34-31 victory, winning the Division Crown and sending Cincinnati to the playoffs. For the first time since 2015.
The last two games ended with a remarkable sophomore campaign for Burroughs. He finished the season with a 70.4 percent completion percentage, 4,611 passing yards, 34 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Passing yards and passing touchdowns were the most in a single season in the Cincinnati franchise history, while their full percentage was the best among the QBs qualified in the NFL in 2021.
He was sixth in the passing yard and eighth in the passing touchdown in the NFL, and he led the league with 8.9 yards per effort.
Pro football focus He was dismissed as the second-best QB in the No. 1 league by aggressive production (91.7) and net passing grade (91.2).
Most passing yards in two consecutive games
In those last two games of the season, Burroughs averaged eight touchdowns for 971 yards, a pass percentage of 78.8 percent and passed without interruption.
The game kept him in rare company, and broke the record for most passing yards in consecutive games.
|Players||The team||Year||Weeks||Passing yards|
|Which is bad||Bengalis||2021||16-17||971|
First of all, Duck Prescott was at the next level to start 2020 (1,424 passing yards in three games is an impressive run). But another aspect that makes Burroughs’ performance even more impressive is that unlike other QBs, his team needs a win to reach the end of the season, while others came in earlier in the season.
What adds to the effectiveness is how complete the games were by Borough. The Bengals are one of three quarterbacks to join the QB 2013 Peyton Manning and 2018 Jared Goff with 400-plus passing yards, four touchdowns and no interruptions in any game. He is the only QB to have the qualities where he completed at least 70 percent of his passes in each game.
She’s getting nit-picky, but it does underscore the accuracy of the burrows this season. There are games where quarterbacks send it out either to play catch-up or just to target a weak passing defense, but it’s hard to maintain a full 70 percent. He did this in two games where he also threw for over 400 yards.
Which is worse for MVP?
So does Burroughs have a case for MVP? Of course.
FanDuel game book Currently Burroughs is listed as the third-best odds to win MVP (+2500), albeit after Aaron Rodgers (-500) and Tom Brady (+400).
Burroughs’ season has put him in a rare company. There was only one season of 20 quarterbacks in NFL history in which they crossed at least 8.5 yards per effort and completed 30 touchdown passes. According to Statehead. Nine of those campaigns ended with QB winning MVP. Seven of those quarterbacks are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Among the names not inducted into the Hall of Fame are Brady, Rogers, Drew Breeze, Patrick Mahoms and Philip Rivers.
Obviously, Rogers and Brady will be hard to pass. Rogers led the NFL in the quarterback rating and threw the fewest interceptions (four) and fourth-most touchdowns (37), including 4,115 passing yards. Brady led the league in passing yards (5,316) and passing touchdowns (43).
But don’t count Burrow out of the race. He turned Cincinnati into a division champion from the fifth-worst team in the NFL. Not to mention that repetitive MVPs are rare, as the last players to achieve the feat were Peyton Manning in 2008 and 2009.
On Saturday, Burroughs will give a statement and give Bengal their first playoff victory since 1991, when they play the Raiders at 4:30 ET.