Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow and Baltimore Ravens linebacker Patrick Queen took similar yet divergent paths to the NFL.
Burrow and Queen each starred at LSU and were pivotal to the team’s national championship last year. Now, Burrow is the Bengals’ franchise quarterback, and Queen is hoping to become the Ravens’ next star linebacker.
Queen and the Baltimore Ravens got the best of Burrow in Week 5 — and Queen couldn’t hide his enthusiasm.
Joe Burrow and Patrick Queen are rookies from LSU
The duo of Joe Burrow and Patrick Queen propelled LSU to a national championship last year.
Originally an Ohio State quarterback, Burrow joined the LSU Tigers as a graduate transfer before the 2018 season. He completed 57.8% of his passes for 2,894 yards, 16 touchdowns, and five interceptions.
Burrow entered his final college season as a projected Day 3 pick in the upcoming NFL draft. Then came arguably the greatest season by a quarterback in college football history.
Burrow completed 76.3% of his passes for a staggering 5,671 yards, an FBS-record 60 touchdowns, and only six interceptions. Burrow added 368 yards and five touchdowns on the ground.
If Joe Burrow was LSU’s offensive savior and leader, Patrick Queen held the same role on defense. Queen had 85 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, three sacks, a 16-yard interception, and a fumble recovery.
Cincinnati drafted Burrow with the No. 1 overall pick. Baltimore selected Queen at No. 28 overall.
Queen got the best of Burrow in Week 5
The significance of Cincinnati drafting Joe Burrow and Baltimore adding Queen meant one thing: the two friends and ex-teammates would play one another at least twice a year.
Queen took advantage of playing a weak Bengals offensive line. The rookie linebacker had nine tackles, sacked Burrow, forced a fumble, recovered two, and even scored his first career touchdown: a 53-yard scoop-and-score.
Burrow, who has looked sharp as a rookie, completed 19 of his 30 passes for 183 yards and an interception. Baltimore’s defense sacked Burrow seven times for 48 yards.
Patrick Queen is excited about his new rivalry with Joe Burrow
Patrick Queen’s big game against Joe Burrow continued what has been a phenomenal start to Queen’s career.
Through five games, Queen had 42 tackles, four tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, and the two fumble recoveries. Those are incredible numbers for a rookie linebacker, especially given the non-traditional offseason.
According to the Ravens’ official website, Queen couldn’t hide his enthusiam about not only getting the best of Burrow, but that they now get to play another multiple times a year.
“I knew that when I got drafted and Joe got drafted, we were going to be seeing each other twice a year. It’s a start of a great rivalry and I’m glad I got the first win out of it.”
Burrow will have to wait before he can get his revenge on Queen and the Ravens. The Cincinnati Bengals host Baltimore on January 3 in the regular-season finale.
Of course, the Ravens could wind up sitting Queen if the team has already clinched its postseason spot and has nothing to play for — or if head coach John Harbaugh wants to sit the starters.