Week 5 of the NFL season was another jam-packed weekend, and one of the most exciting games of all was the matchup between the Green Bay Packers and Cincinnati Bengals in Ohio. Aaron Rodgers and Joe Burrow dueled it out, but ultimately it came down to the leg of Mason Crosby after a wild sequence that included five straight missed field goals between both teams.
The Packers escaped with the overtime victory– somehow– in a thrilling finish in Cincinnati. Burrow, unfortunately, was the victim of a brutal hit that later would send him to the hospital with a throat contusion.
Nonetheless, Burrow played his heart out, but Rodgers and the Packers were just a tad better on the afternoon. After the game, the two quarterbacks embraced on the field, and Rodgers revealed what he told the Bengals signal-caller.
Aaron Rodgers with some strong advice for Joe Burrow
On Tuesday, Rodgers hopped on the Pat McAfee show and spoke about the insane game in Cincinnati just days before. In the first half, Burrow took a brutal hit that led to him heading to the blue medical tent to be checked out– although he ended up not missing one single snap.
Rodgers revealed what he told Burrow after the game regarding the hit, and hopefully Burrow took the time to listen to one of the best quarterbacks of all time.
“I’m a Joe Burrow fan & I enjoy the way he goes about his business…I told em after the game he’s TOO damn talented JUST SLIDE.”
Aaron Rodgers on Joe Burrow
When Rodgers talks, you better listen. Burrow has always been a tough player but got walloped on the play described by the Green Bay star. It turned out that Burrow was ok and checked out of the hospital shortly after, but things could have gone much worse, especially for a player who suffered a season-ending ACL injury in his rookie campaign.
Rodgers also added that sliding is “sometimes the smarter thing to do.” Thankfully Burrow walked out of the game in one piece and should be ready to roll for Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions.
The reigning MVP offers a massive compliment to the Bengals QB
While Rodgers told Burrow to slide, he also spoke highly of the former No. 1 overall pick after their first matchup against one another.
“You’re too damn talented…You’ve got so much in front of you to accomplish in this league.”Rodgers on Burrow after a wild game
Rodgers was stern with the slide warning but spoke highly of Burrow at the same time– and he has a point. Burrow was on a roll in his rookie year before his injury, throwing for 2688 yards with 13 touchdowns through 10 games. In five games to start the 2021 season, Burrow has thrown for 1269 yards and 11 touchdowns, nearly reaching the number of touchdown tosses in his entire rookie year.
Burrow’s talent is as evident as ever, especially after facing the ageless Rodgers who continues to stand tall and lead the Packers toward the top of the NFC. The Bengals’ addition of fellow LSU teammate Ja’Marr Chase has paid off, and the two connected six times on Sunday for 159 yards and a score.
Cincinnati’s surprise start has everybody buzzing
The Bengals walked into the Packers game with a 3-1 record and a lot of buzz around them. Even with the overtime loss to Green Bay, things are looking up in Cincinnati for the first time in quite a while.
Head coach Zac Taylor has this team playing terrific football on both sides, and the offense has a ton of weapons, including Tee Higgins, Tyler Boyd, and Joe Mixon, along with Burrow and Chase.
The defense has stood tall against some tough competition, and Cincinnati is just a game behind the Baltimore Ravens for first place in the tough AFC North. If Burrow keeps playing like this, his team could threaten the Ravens, Cleveland Browns, and Pittsburgh Steelers– that is, if Ben Roethlisberger can turn it around.
By now, it is no secret: Burrow will be a star in the NFL for years to come, and Rodgers certainly knows that.
Stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference