In the first half against the Minnesota Vikings, Burrow completed 11-of-13 passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns. The Bengals lead Minnesota 14-7 at intermission.
Before tearing his ACL in November 2020, Burrow was on a record-setting pace as a rookie. The No. 1 overall pick in 2020, he has picked up right where he left off.
Burrow’s first touchdown pass today came on a two-yard strike to Tee Higgins, his favorite target last year. His next score came on a 50-yard bomb to rookie wideout Ja’Marr Chase, his favorite receiver at LSU in 2019.
It’s not just Bengals fans that are pumped up about Burrow’s Week 1 performance. He’s put the entire NFL media world on notice.
Joe Burrow is back and he’s still throwing TDs 🔥
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 12, 2021
Joe Burrow is my favorite Ohio professional QB.
— Colin Cowherd (@ColinCowherd) September 12, 2021
Joe Burrow is a dude.
— Ryan Clark (@Realrclark25) September 12, 2021
— Marcus Spears (@mspears96) September 12, 2021
We are learning that drafting a receiver your QB has worked with is a successful strategy:
Joe Burrow 🚀 Ja'Marr Chase
3 targets, 3 rec, 80 yds, 1 TD (50 yd)
Jalen Hurts 🚀 DeVonta Smith
7 targets, 5 rec, 52 yds, 1 TD
— Rich Ohrnberger (@ohrnberger) September 12, 2021
Joe Burrow went 11/13 for for 134 yards and 2 TDs in the first half.
Knee seems fine.
— Matt Edwards (@MattEdwards) September 12, 2021
Joe Burrow in the 1st half
▪️134 Passing yards
▪️ 2 Passing TDs
That’s my guy right there. 🐅 pic.twitter.com/0ehE7weaCw
— Luke Sawhook 🪚🪝 (@lukesawhook) September 12, 2021
There’s still two quarters of football left in this one, so Cincinnati could still wind up losing. The Vikings were able to have some success throwing the ball in the first half, so we’d expect them to lean heavily on quarterback Kirk Cousins and star wideouts Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen.
Regardless of the result, it is good to see Joe Burrow back and playing well. His future in the NFL is a bright one.