Former LSU football QB Joe Burrow is better than Joe Montana in one key metric

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Former LSU football quarterback Joe Burrow is the hottest player in the NFL right now.

On Saturday, Burrow led the Cincinnati Bengals to their first playoff win in over 30 years.

That win came just two years after the franchise went 2-14.

The biggest difference in those two years has been Burrow, who has turned the Bengals from a punch line to a Super Bowl contender.

Is Joe Burrow better than Joe Montana?

Right now, Burrow is playing his best football of the season when it counts the most.

Just how good has Burrow been recently?

Over his last five games, Burrow has a passer rating of 129.9.

According to NBC Sports’ Peter King, that’s a better passer rating than Hall of Famer Joe Montana had during any five-game stretch of his career.

(The highest passer rating Montana had during a five-game stretch of his career was 128.1.)

Now, Burrow obviously has a LONG way to go before he’s in Montana territory.

Montana, after all, is a four-time Super Bowl champion and a three-time Super Bowl MVP.

But it’s still incredibly impressive that Burrow — in just his second year in the NFL — has already outperformed Montana’s best passer rating over a five-game stretch.

Just imagine how much better Burrow is going to get as he gains experience. And as the Bengals improve his supporting cast.

I truly believe we’re seeing the start of something very special with Burrow. It seems like there’s always one quarterback in the NFL who rises above the rest. For the last two decades that quarterback has been Tom Brady.

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With Brady on his way out (eventually), I think Burrow is the quarterback poised to stand atop the league as the “the best quarterback in the NFL”.