Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals are one game away from their first Super Bowl appearance since 1988.
The Bengals’ turnaround this season has been remarkable.
In 2019, Cincinnati went 2-14, which led to the franchise having the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. That pick, of course, was used on Burrow.
Just two years later, the Bengals are one of the hottest teams in the NFL.
That’s the Joe Burrow effect. And it’s something we saw at LSU in 2019.
Joe Burrow’s dad sees some 2019 LSU in the 2021 Bengals
Burrow’s dad, Jimmy, talked to the New York Post this week about his son’s journey this season.
And Jimmy says the Bengals’ run this year feels a lot like the 2019 LSU football season.
“It’s almost a recreation of 2019 at LSU,” said Burrow’s dad to the New York Post. “Every week is almost a playoff game, and it’s just incredible to be able to watch and see the growth of Joe as a player and that whole team as a team.”
That 2019 LSU squad was a bit more dominant than this Cincinnati team, but there are certainly some parallels.
The biggest one is that Burrow is still throwing touchdown passes to wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase, his former LSU teammate who was drafted by the Bengals with the No. 5 overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft.
For this to truly feel like the 2019 LSU season, the Bengals need to win their next two games and take home the Lombardi Trophy.
Not a lot of folks think the Bengals will walk away champions this year. But I don’t think I’d be too quick to write off Cincinnati — I leanred a couple of years ago to never ever doubt Joe Burrow.