Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow should be seething with anger after the latest NFL news.
There’s of course just one problem with that — the Bills have to beat the Bengals on Sunday for those tickets to be usable (and the Chiefs have to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars).
More than 50,000 tickets were purchased by the Bills’ and Chiefs’ season-ticket holders in the first 24 hours they were for sale for the if-needed, neutral-site AFC Championship Game. Bills fans would be seated on their side of the field and Chiefs fans on the other.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 20, 2023
Burrow would never show anger publicly over this. And knowing Burrow, he’s probably his normal calm self in private.
But there’s also one other thing we know about Burrow — he’s one of the most competitive people on this planet. We’ve heard those stories about him dating back to his days as a high school player in Athens, OH, and as a player at LSU.
And he doesn’t like being slighted. Burrow doesn’t ever view himself as the underdog.
The Bengals are still the defending AFC Champions. And they view themselves as the AFC team to beat in the playoffs.
Zac Taylor: “We know we’re the defending AFC champions. We’re not an underdog to anybody.”— Charlie Goldsmith (@CharlieG__) January 18, 2023
I know the NFL had to get those tickets on sale — it’s not like it’s an assumption by the league that Cincinnati is going to lose to Buffalo.
But the fact that it’s such a big story now — mostly because the game will be played on a neutral field in Atlanta — is just added motivation for Burrow and the Bengals.
And I have no doubt that Burrow would love nothing more than to force the NFL to give out 50,000 refunds.
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