The Cincinnati Bengals have made progress keeping Joe Burrow’s jersey clean and the franchise quarterback knows it.
Although the Pittsburgh Steelers sacked him twice on Sunday with T.J. Watt recording three pressures, it was a clean performance by the Bengals’ offensive line considering Burrow had 42 dropbacks.
“Man, unbelievable,” said the Bengals quarterback postgame about how his offensive tackles played in the game.
“Jonah (Williams) was locked down all day. T.J. is going to get one now and then. But you know L.C. was lights out all day.”
“And we didn’t even help them that much, There weren’t a lot of ribs and chips,” added Burrow. “Those guys were unbelievable.”
Collins had some trash talk for Watt after the game and although it wasn’t always pretty, he probably earned the right to do so. Not only did he look competitive in the match-up against a top-tier pass rusher but he did so alone for the most part.
But Bengals LT Jonah Williams was even more impressive as he finished the game with only one pressure allowed and PFF’s third-highest offensive grade on the team. It was a significant development for the young left tackle as Alex Highsmith got the best of him in Week 1.
Jonah Williams Week 1 vs Steelers:— Willie Lutz (@willie_lutz) November 22, 2022
71 snaps, 63.6 PFF Pass Blocking, 2 sacks, 1 QB Hit, 4 Hurries, 7 Pressures, 93.1% efficiency
Jonah Williams Week 11 vs Steelers:
66 snaps, 80.4 PFF Pass Blocking, 0 sacks, 0 QB Hits, 1 Hurry, 1 Pressure, 98.8% efficiency
What a bounceback! pic.twitter.com/IKgyK7gfFi
This time around though, Williams left the game with one of his best career performances. Since the start of the season, most of the offensive line conversation has centered around the free agent class but Williams was always going to be an essential piece of the puzzle.
To say it’s encouraging to see the left tackle play as he did for Cincinnati on Sunday would be underselling it.
Allow Joey B to sum it up:
“We’re a dropback team,” Burrow told reporters following the Bengals’ sixth win of the season. “And when you drop back as many times as we do, you’re going to get a lot of one-on-ones upfront and those guys won consistently all day.”
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