Joe Burrow showcased his top performance of the season for the Cincinnati Bengals against the San Francisco 49ers last week, marking a crucial moment.
The franchise quarterback had been struggling earlier in the season due to a calf injury that had kept him out of training camp. This affected his performance, even though he is considered one of the NFL’s best quarterbacks. The Bengals managed a 17-13 victory against Seattle on October 15, bringing their record to 3-3 before their bye week.
On the Sunday just before Halloween, Burrow sported an alien mask as he disembarked from the team bus. However, once the game began, he transformed into a superstar.
In the game against the 49ers, Burrow passed for 283 yards and three touchdowns, achieving an impressive 87.5% completion rate, the best in his career.
Safety Micah Hyde of the Buffalo Bills, who will face the Bengals on Sunday night in Cincinnati, commented on Burrow’s performance, stating, “Joe is Joe, man. Last week demonstrated what their offense can do with the weapons around him. Their team relies on Joe’s performance.”
In their previous encounter, Burrow threw two touchdown passes, and the Bengals’ defense dominated Josh Allen, the Bills’ quarterback, in snowy conditions, resulting in a 27-10 win for the Bengals in an AFC divisional playoff game on January 22.
The last time the Bills played at Cincinnati’s Paycor Stadium was during “Monday Night Football” on January 2, and it’s remembered for a harrowing incident that halted the game. Bills safety Damar Hamlin experienced a cardiac arrest on the field after tackling Bengals receiver Tee Higgins in the first quarter. He was revived and taken to the hospital, leading to the postponement and eventual cancellation of the game.
Hamlin has since recovered and rejoined the Bills, although he is not expected to play on Sunday night. When asked about the incident, Burrow said, “I think what happened is in the past. Everyone remembers it, but we won’t dwell on it. I know he’s not dwelling on it either.”
Despite Allen’s sore shoulder, he leads the league with a 71.7% completion rate. His preferred target, Stefon Diggs, averages 93.5 receiving yards per game.