No. 1: Joe Burrow Is Built For It
As we touched on a bit in the opening, Joe Burrow is the man. He burst onto the national scene by spearheading one of the best college offenses in the history of the sport at LSU. This success resulted in the Bengals taking Burrow at No. 1 overall in 2020.
Following a rookie campaign cut short by a torn-up knee, Burrow was bound and determined to make the most of his newly found health. And boy, did he do exactly that.
Cincinnati reunited Burrow with his college teammate Ja’Marr Chase when the franchise sat in the top five at the 2021 NFL Draft. No one could have possibly imagined just how quickly the Tiger alums would translate their college success to Sundays.
After winning four games in 2020, Burrow led the Bengals to 10 of them in his first season as a full-time starter. Not only that, the team also rattled off three victories in the postseason to earn a trip to the Super Bowl.
This invaluable experience was used by Burrow last season as he took his talent to the next level. Unfortunately, Cincinnati fell to the Chiefs in an AFC Championship rematch. Still, with five playoff wins under his belt at the age of 26, it highlights why Bengals fans cannot contain their excitement.
Burrow is the straw that stirs the drink for the AFC North juggernaut. As long as he is behind center, his team will be in the Super Bowl conversation. Plain and simple.