The Cincinnati Bengals have hitched their wagon to rookie quarterback Joe Burrow as their future. Burrow has provided the franchise with much optimism behind his performance in the 2020 season. Things have now taken a discouraging turn with their promising young quarterback in Week 11.
Joe Burrow is the future in Cincinnati
The Cincinnati Bengals committed their entire future to former LSU standout quarterback Joe Burrow after taking him with the first overall pick in this year’s draft.
Burrow didn’t take long to showcase his promising ability in his first NFL season. Although the Bengals have many areas of needed improvement, he has performed well with the circumstances. Entering Week 11, he ranked 10th with 2,485 passing yards along with 12 touchdown passes to five interceptions while holding an 89.8 passer rating.
The 23-year-old has five games with north of 300 passing yards, including a career-high 406 yards against the Cleveland Browns. He has also put forth four games with multiple touchdown passes and posted north of 100 passer rating three times. Burrow has been an impactful factor in the running game with 130 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
He has set a few NFL records this season as he was the first rookie quarterback with 300 or more passing yards in three straight games. He also became the first rookie with at least 400 passing yards, three touchdown passes, and a rushing touchdown in a single contest. Meanwhile, his 221 completed passes are the most over the first eight games of an NFL career.
However, his 2020 campaign came to a halting stop in Week 11 after suffering a devastating injury.
Joe Burrow suffers serious leg injury
The Cincinnati Bengals are moving through a tough 2020 season with any possible playoff contention already out the window.
Matters took a concerning turn in Week 11 action against the Washington Football Team after rookie quarterback Joe Burrow suffered a severe leg injury.
The situation unfolded early in the third quarter as Burrow’s left knee crumbled forward after a low hit. The 23-year-old received immediate attention from the medical staff to which he was carted off the field.
Although tests will have to be conducted first, it’s hard not to envision results indicating a torn ACL or possibly worse. Burrow’s injury puts another huge deflating factor over the season in Cincinnati, as he will likely miss the rest of the campaign.
The Bengals will now move forward with Ryan Findley under center with Burrow out. The injury has also quickly earned some league-wide support for the Bengals rookie quarterback.
Patrick Mahomes, Russell Wilson express support
Joe Burrow’s injury has quickly sent shockwaves through the rest of the league.
Despite being in his first NFL season, Burrow has earned tremendous respect from many of his peers. Star quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes and Russell Wilson took to Twitter on Sunday to voice their support for the former Heisman Trophy winner.
Burrow is dealing with the first significant injury of his football career that will present a massive hurdle ahead. He will have the motivation to push forward from the support and history of other quarterbacks moving past severe injuries.
The Bengals will give him all the time that he needs to fully recover as he’s the new face of the franchise. Burrow has demonstrated more than enough potential to become their guiding force under center for many years to come.
The focus next offseason will be to provide their quarterback with better protection on the offensive line to avoid those situations in the future. Much change should lie ahead in Cincinnati to finally push the franchise toward success.