CLEVELAND – There are plenty of top-notch quarterbacks coming through FirstEnergy Stadium, dice a Browns defense, major third downs and a waltz with a win.
A lot of Brown fans will tell you before listing them, some with specific dates of their own personal nightmares.
Joe Burrow almost became the latest to appear on that list Thursday night, and he looks like he has a great chance to do so in the coming years. Burrows saw Brons sitting for 310 yards during a night performance Thursday, throwing 60-plus times in a game and for the first time, according to NFL Research, who gave up the rest. A look at the football world as to how good he can be.
Other quarterbacks on the field were certainly impressed.
“I didn’t get a chance to see him last week, but I heard rave reviews. Can tell,” Brown quarterback Baker Enfield said. “It’s true, the hype is real with Joe. I just thought he played very well. Just being decisive, stepping up plays, taking care of the ball. I thought he did a great job.”
“It’s always nice to have another young man come in and handle it. And obviously the team loves him. They follow him and he leads them.”
Barrow passed back 64 times and pressured 32.8% of those drops, losing three sacks and a fumble. He could be sacked too many times, however, if he did not have the ability to avoid playing or give time or pass before running away.
Amidst the collapsing pockets, Buru stood all night, identifying the open man and joining him. Cincinnati converted eight of 18 third-down attempts and was a perfect 5 for 5 on the fourth, an amazing feat in itself for a rookie passer.
“I felt he did a good job,” Bengals coach Zac Taylor said. “He gave us a chance. We just came up short.”
Cleveland’s defense is meant to include the 2019 league leader at quarterback pressure rate, thus, in Miles Garrett, who forced a fumble and was responsible for nine of the 21 registered pressures on Thursday night. Nevertheless, Barrow never looked amazed, fighting to the end despite the game but being out of reach, connecting with Tyler Boyd with a touchdown pass in the final two minutes of the game.
“Losing is not very fun. This may be the only chance of my playing career that I have lost two matches in a row,” Buru said. “It doesn’t feel very good. I know the people there are hurt ‘and we are going to be back at work tomorrow and try and get that right. Losing is unacceptable to me, everyone in there Taylor has to be recognized. Everyone in this organization. So, we’re just gonna decide it. ”
Burrow’s desire to win is evident from the press box. Far too often, a first-round quarterback hits the ground for his prime-time debut and suffers from a superb pass rush that Cleveland owns, and melts away to see the nation. Throughout the night the defense had considerable success on stunts and twists, with Porter Gustin putting a good hit on Burrow before he was already snapped by Garrett. But none of this affected him as much as his second loss as in many pro games.
Things are just beginning for Barrow; He has a lot of promising careers ahead of him. And performed on Thursday night, it’s going to be really fun to watch – until Cincinnati subjects him to the same fate as previous promising passers-by.