Joe Burrow has entered the MVP chat.
The Cincinnati Bengals quarterback beat MVP favorite Patrick Mahomes 27-24 over the AFC West-leading Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.
“He’s one of the best quarterbacks in the league,” wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase said via ESPN. “Everyone knows. He should be in the MVP game. If he’s not in it, he should be. The No. 1 quarterback in the game.”
Burrow doesn’t put on a show Passing stats, but was efficient all afternoon and threw big balls again and again in big wins. The QB went 25-of-31 (80.6 percent) for 286 yards and two touchdowns with a passer grade of 126.6. Burrow also added a career-high 11 carries for 46 yards and a TD.
“He’s playing at the level we need to lead us and believe we can win every game we play,” head coach Zach Taylor said, noting that Burrow “absolutely “Should be in the MVP talk. “Whatever those conversations are, there’s no question, as I’ve said before; I wouldn’t trade him for anyone in the world.”
Burrow showed Sunday Excellent pocket awareness, leaching trouble, either picking up yards with his legs or finding an open receiver. Burrow was sacked just once in his Week 13 win. He’s now 8-1 in 2022 when he has three or fewer sacks in a game.
“He’s big and elusive,” Kansas City defensive end Frank Clark said, via ESPN. “People don’t really respect his name when it comes to his elusiveness in the pocket and his presence in the pocket.”
Burrow was the only QB to face Mahomes Multiple times and undefeated (3-0) in head-to-head matches, including playoffs. Burrow joins Tom Brady (3-3) as the only quarterbacks to beat Mahomes at least three times. Burrow’s 121.0 passer grade against Mahomes was the best of 16 QBs who faced him multiple times. That’s it. I don’t play games for those honors,” Barrow said. “I play for those guys in the locker room. Whatever I have to do every Sunday, this is what I do. If I have to throw the ball 72 times and win I’ll be happy”
The 8-4 Bengals have won four straight and cemented their playoff berth status and tied the Baltimore Ravens’ record in the AFC North.