The Cincinnati Bengals are where they are mainly because of their quarterback, Joe Burrow.
As such it makes sense that just about every playoff victory seems to be tied with potential records for the 26-year-old gunslinger.
Burrow is no stranger to wunderkind-type success. Just last year he became the third quarterback in NFL history to be selected in the first round a start a Super Bowl within his first two seasons.
But now he can stand alone in league history by etching his name in the record books one more time.
Per NFL Communications, with a win at Buffalo on Sunday, Burrow will become the first QB selected no. 1 overall to win five playoff games before his 27th birthday.
Since Burrow’s 27th birthday is next December, he won’t have another shot at the achievement beyond this year.
He’d also join Russell Wilson and Ben Roethlisberger as the only quarterbacks to ever win five playoff games within their first three seasons.
Of course, Burrow will need help from his teammates to pull off the historic feat.
Especially since the Bengals will be playing the Buffalo Bills without three of their starting offensive linemen (barring any surprises around the statuses of Jonah Williams and Alex Cappa).
Sure, Joe Cool will likely find ways to combat the Bills’ pressure. But there might be a limit to what he can do when playing behind only starting linemen.
But if the Bengals quarterback leads his team to a win even behind banged-up protection, he will make the line between reality and myth very blurry.
The Bengals are five-point underdogs in the betting world, but Joe Burrow isn’t having any of it.
“I never feel like an underdog,” said Burrow earlier this week.
The same mentality is reflected throughout the team, which has famously adopted the “They have to play us” mentality across the board.
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