The Cincinnati Bengals and Green Bay Packers battled in one of the best games of the entire season. Both teams were 3-1 coming in, and it took five straight missed field goals and nearly an entire overtime period before Mason Crosby finally ended the game and gave the Packers the victory.
But, young quarterback Joe Burrow was marvelous for the Bengals and showed why he was the top overall choice in the 2020 NFL Draft. Unfortunately, the Bengals couldn’t escape with a victory, but Burrow played his heart out.
Even more impressive was the fact that Burrow played a large chunk of the game with an injury after taking a massive hit in the first half of the game. After the game, it was revealed that Burrow was taken to the local hospital as he dealt with a throat contusion and had trouble speaking with his teammates.
Joe Burrow gave everything he had in a wild game
The Bengals could not find a way to top the Packers in a wild ending that saw five consecutive missed field goals at one point. Nonetheless, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers closed out the deal. After the game, Burrow went to the hospital with a brutal injury and could not speak to reporters due to the injury.
Burrow took a brutal, scary hit and left the game briefly as Bengals’ fans held their breath.
Burrow returned and somehow, someway, put on a clinic. The former LSU star finished the game 26-of-38 for 281 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Burrow leaned heavily on former college teammate Ja’Marr Chase, who finished with six catches and a career-high 159 yards with a touchdown as the Packers’ secondary couldn’t stop him.
Burrow did not miss one single snap after taking the massive hit. Instead, he came back onto the field and willed his team as best as he could.
The Bengals LSU duo look unstoppable
Burrow and Chase have exploded over the first few weeks of the 2021 season after a forgettable preseason for Chase. The rookie dropped many passes in the preseason and had a ton of doubters after Cincinnati invested heavily by taking him 5th overall in the 2021 NFL Draft.
But, put all those talks to bed. Chase has 456 yards on 23 catches and his second 100-yard game of the year in an absolute spectacular outing against the Packers, the 4-1 Packers at that.
Burrow stood firm, and one can only imagine how much pain he was in after the monstrous hit he took. Despite all of that, the youngster stood tall, delivered strike after strike, and if it weren’t for a couple of missed fields goals, the Bengals would be 4-1.
Either way, this young Bengals team is for real and proved that against the NFC runner-ups from a year ago.
All eyes on Burrow’s status going forward
If Burrow can’t go for next weekend’s game for some reason, it would be Brandon Allen against the winless Detroit Lions. However, as tough as Burrow is, it likely takes a lot for him to miss the game, especially considering he played a considerable part of the Packers’ game with the injury.
Unfortunately, Burrow’s insane effort will be forgotten due to the terrible pick he threw in overtime. Still, Burrow did everything in his power, at less than 100 percent, and hopefully he doesn’t have to miss time after his rookie campaign ended early due to an ACL injury.
Joe Burrow is a warrior, plain and simple, and led a valiant effort against one of the best teams in the NFL.
Stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference