Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow doesn’t often say something he shouldn’t have, but that’s what happened this week.

The Bengals are set to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers this week. It’s the second meeting between the two teams this season. Pittsburgh beat Cincy 23-20 in the season-opener.

Cincinnati lost that first game mainly because Burrow threw four interceptions. It was an uncharacteristically bad game from the young superstar quarterback.

While talking about the game this week, Burrow pledged to not throw four interceptions again.

“I’m just going to be smarter with the ball, I’m not going to throw four interceptions,” said Burrow this week. “That’s an outlier for me. So, that’s my plan going in.”

Sep 11, 2022; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) drops back to pass during the fourth quarter of a Week 1 NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paycor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Greene-USA TODAY Sports

I like the confidence from Burrow. And I believe him. I don’t think the Burrow we saw in week one is anywhere close to the real Burrow (and he’s proved that via his strong play in recent games).

But all he accomplished by making this comment was giving the Steelers some bulletin board material.

The Pittsburgh defense is going to be hungry for Burrow interceptions because of these comments. They’re going to play with a little more juice.

If you think this is a stretch and that players don’t really use this stuff as motivation, then you obviously haven’t seen The Last Dance documentary that centers on Michael Jordan and the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls.

Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time and he would literally make things up to be mad about for motivation. If it worked for him, then I’m sure there are plenty of other professional athletes who do the same.

Again, I like Burrow’s confidence, but I’m afraid all he did was give the Steelers’ defense a reason to play inspired this week.

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