The Cincinnati Bengals have battled their way to a 4-2 record through the first six weeks of the 2021 NFL season, keeping them among the top teams in the AFC. A large reason for their early success has been the gritty play of starting quarterback Joe Burrow.
The 2020 No. 1 pick, now in his second year in the NFL, has returned from a torn ACL and MCL and proven why he was such a highly touted prospect. He’s been fearless in the Bengals first six games throwing for 14 touchdowns and seven interceptions, while completing 70.6 percent of his passes.
Defenders around the NFL have taken note of Burrow’s talent and determination in recent weeks. Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey, who will take on the Bengals passing attack this weekend is among those that’s seen the young quarterback improve from last year to this season.
Humphrey explained exactly what about Burrow has impressed him on Wednesday.
“He’s not one of those quarterbacks that are really scared to get hit,” Humphrey said of Burrow, per ESPN’s Jamison Hensley. Another thing is, when he throws the football deep, he really lets it fly. He really puts the ball in a position where his guy can make a play, and he’s very confident.”
Marlon Humphrey on Joe Burrow: "He’s not one of those quarterbacks that are really scared to get hit. Another thing is, when he throws the football deep, he really lets it fly. He really puts the ball in a position where his guy can make a play, and he’s very confident."
— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) October 20, 2021
The Ravens defense has been one of the best against the run so far this season, ranking third in rushing yards allowed, but hasn’t been as effective against the pass. Baltimore ranks tied for 25th in passing yards given up, which could open the door for Burrow to have a huge day this weekend.
Humphrey and the Ravens are still 5-1 and have fought through a handful of injuries to have the best record in the AFC through six weeks. A win over Burrow and Cincinnati would solidify Baltimore’s position as one of the top teams in the NFL.
Something will have to give this weekend when the Ravens meet the Bengals on Sunday.