Joe Burrow has changed the culture of the Cincinnati Bengals overnight. He completed 19-of-29 passes for 271 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception in a 34-11 win over the Detroit Lions.
Even though Detroit is one of the worst teams in the NFL, this is a game that Cincinnati would make close and potentially lose. Well, the Bengals didn’t mess around from the opening kickoff. The Cincinnati Bengals defense deserves a ton of credit even though Jared Goff has been terrible for the Detroit Lions.
The Bengals defense is becoming more respectable and not a pushover. Joe Burrow has this football team thinking playoffs for this season and they are growing every single week. The offensive line is so much better than it was last season. Having Joe Mixon, Ja’Marr Chase, Tyler Boyd, C.J. Uzomah, and Tee Higgins as Jow Burrow’s supporting cast around him, it is something for Joe Burrow to take pride in.
I understand people still have questions as to whether or not Zac Taylor is the long-term answer for being the Cincinnati Bengals head coach. The credit Taylor does deserve is that Taylor is trusting his franchise quarterback in Joe Burrow.
Cincinnati was in last place in the AFC North last season. It would be something if they could finish in first place in that division, but I don’t see it happening. Going to the playoffs this season isn’t unrealistic at all. The Cleveland Browns (3-2) and the Pittsburgh Steelers (2-3) appear to be on a down year. They have not been to the playoffs since 2015.
First place in the AFC North will be on the line next weekend when the Cincinnati Bengals (4-2) go on the road and take on the Baltimore Ravens (5-1).
The Detroit Lions (0-6) will go on the road and take on the Los Angeles Rams (5-1) next Sunday.
-Glenn Kaplan, 12oz Sports Contributor, Live Monday’s at 3 p.m. ET & Thursday at 11 a.m. ET on 12oz Sports
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