This 12 months’s high general draft choose discovered himself on the bottom typically and appeared out of kinds in a 27-3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. Burrow was 19-of-30 passing for 183 yards, one interception and one misplaced fumble. Burrow was pressured early and infrequently as they stored the rookie unsettled all afternoon.
Via the primary 4 video games of the season, Burrow confirmed why the Bengals took him with the primary general choose. After Burrow secured his first NFL win final weekend and have become the primary rookie to throw for 300 or extra yards in three straight video games, Burrow didn’t seem like a 23-year-old who simply turned professional.
That wasn’t the case on Sunday. For myriad causes, Burrow-led Bengals’ offense couldn’t get something going. Cincinnati mustered solely 205 whole yards and didn’t get contained in the Ravens’ 30-yard line till the tip of the sport, the place they averted a shutout due to a late area purpose from Randy Bullock.
Sunday was a sobering reminder of what it should take for Burrow to reach the NFL. And it additionally shined a lightweight on how far Cincinnati is from being aggressive within the AFC North.
Describe the sport in two phrases: Large beating. The Bengals had been battered and Burrow was hit typically and sacked seven occasions.
QB breakdown: Burrow simply had the worst sport of his rookie 12 months. He struggled to get form of rhythm towards Baltimore’s aggressive protection and was extraordinarily restricted in his passing assault.
Within the speedy aftermath, it’s robust to gauge how a lot of this fell on Burrow. The Bengals’ offensive line appeared shaky once more after a strong efficiency on Week 4. The receivers had been extraordinarily restricted towards the Ravens. The unit additionally misplaced A.J. Green within the second half when he went out due to a hamstring harm and by no means returned.
The rookie wasn’t capable of string collectively completions and couldn’t stretch the protection. Burrow tried solely two passes over 20 yards, based on NFL Subsequent Gen. He didn’t full both one.
Silver lining: The Bengals could have discovered a gem in rookie linebacker Logan Wilson. Wilson picked up his second interception of the season when he bluffed a blitz, dropped into protection and picked off Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson. Each of Wilson’s interceptions got here when he was in zone protection. In each instances, he had the quarterback fooled. If Wilson continues to make progress, don’t be shocked if he works his means into the beginning lineup by the tip of the season.
Eye-popping NextGen Stat: Burrow was ineffective underneath stress. In line with NFL Subsequent Gen, Burrow was 1-of-6 passing when he was underneath stress for 11 yards and an interception. The worst half about that statistic is the differential between the variety of pressures and Burrow’s go makes an attempt. That should change if Burrow is to be efficient and wholesome by the tip of the season.