- The Cincinnati Bengals picked up their first win of the season on Sunday, defeating the Jacksonville Jaguars 33-25.
- Joe Burrow threw for 300 yards to become the first rookie to throw three straight 300-passing yard games.
- The Bengals head to Week 5 as +14.5 underdogs against the Baltimore Ravens.
Joe Burrow has been a winner at every level. So when his first couple of games in the NFL didn’t go his way, the former LSU quarterback said “losing isn’t fun.”
The Bengals did better last week, forcing a 23-23 tie with the Philadelphia Eagles. Still, Burrow was not satisfied:
“If you’re not first, you’re last,” Ricky Bobby said.
“If you don’t win, you lose,” Joe Burrow said.
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— Glenn Guilbeau (@LSUBeatTweet) September 29, 2020
On Sunday, Burrow made sure that the Bengals avoided being winless after four games for the second straight season. He picked up his first win in the NFL against the Jacksonville Jaguars and he did so in record-breaking fashion.
Joe Burrow is the first rookie in NFL history with at least 300 passing yards in three consecutive games.
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— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 4, 2020
Last week, Burrow set an NFL record with 91 pass completions through his first three NFL starts. This week, Burrow put his name in the NFL record books again and we might as well get used to it.
The no. 1 overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft threw 316 yards in a losing effort against the Cleveland Browns in Week 2. Burrow followed that up with 312 yards during their 23-23 tie against the Philadelphia Eagles last week. On Sunday, the Heisman Trophy winner passed for 300 yards to become the first rookie in the history of the league with at least three consecutive 300-passing yard games.
Burrow secured the historic mark via a 23-yard completion to fellow rookie Tee Higgins in the fourth period. He beat out Justin Herbet who also had a chance to pick up a third straight 300 yard passing game on Sunday. Herbert came up short and finished with 290 passing yards as his Chargers lost to Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Could’ve Had a Bigger Night
Cincinnati’s franchise quarterback could’ve had a bigger night if a couple of plays went his way against the Jaguars. Burrow had a first half touchdown pass to Tyler Boyd negated due to a holding violation. Later in the first half, Burrow saw a potential TD go off the facemask of tight end Drew Sample and the ball was intercepted by Jacksonville linebacker Myles Jack. Despite those missed chances, Burrow would not be denied of history and victory.
After trailing 10-13 at the end of the first half, Burrow led the Cincinnati offense in a big third quarter where they scored 17 points and held the Jaguars without a point. During that period, the Bengals’ prized rookie threw for 75 yards on 7-11 passing as they took the lead for good.
Overall, the Bengals tallied 505 yards of offense. Complimenting Burrow’s passing was running back Joe Mixon whose big game allowed better downfield looks for Burrow. Mixon
rushed for 151 yards on 25 with two rushing touchdowns while adding another score on Burrow’s only touchdown pass of the game.
Huge Underdogs Against Baltimore
The Bengals head to Week 5 as heavy road underdogs against reigning MVP Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens. According to the early betting lines from SportsBetting.ag, Cincinnati is a +14.5 point underdogs against Baltimore. The Bengals are also a huge +605 underdog at the moneyline betting.
The Ravens bounced back from a Week 3 loss to Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs with a 31-17 over the Washington Football Team. Jackson passed for 193 yards with two scores and one pick while also rushing for 53 yards with one rushing touchdown. Baltimore is 3-1 on the season and 2nd in the AFC North standings.
Burrow and the Bengals have their work cut out for them next weekend against the Ravens. The 14.5 spread is the biggest they’ve faced since they were +16.5 underdogs against the Chargers on December 9, 2018. Cincinnati covered that spread easily after losing a 26-21 contest.