Joe Burrow
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Rookie quarterback Joe Burrow had a decent debut this Sunday against the LA Chargers. Jackson Law even gave Burrow a C for his debut. However, Burrow did not see it that way. Despite leading his team down the field in less than two minutes with no timeouts, Burrow blamed himself for the loss last Sunday.

“At the end of the day, I made too many mistakes for us to win the game and we didn’t make enough plays.”

Joe Burrow was 23 of 26 for 193 passing yards with one interception. The rookie also rushed for 46 yards and one touchdown. The one interception came on a poor shuffle pass in the fourth quarter.

After the turnover, however, Burrow would go 8-11 for 70 yards down the field. The game-winning touchdown was called back after a pass interference penalty on A.J. This lead to the Bengals kicking a field goal in the final seconds to tie the game and send it into overtime. However, kicker Randy Bullock missed the 31-yard-field goal, and the Chargers won the game.

Joe Burrow, however, said that the loss was his fault. He states that he overthrew several potential touchdown throws, including passes to John Ross and another to A.J. Green. Both passes were catchable balls, especially Ross’, but Burrow blames his throw rather than the receiver’s catch.

 “I can’t miss that one to A.J. A high schooler can make that throw.”

Despite the harsh self-criticism, Burrow received nothing but praise from his teammates and coaching staff.

“The way that [Burrow] handled himself in that last drive was unbelievable. I haven’t seen any rookie the way he handled it after adversity. We got a special one in Joe.”

Green said postgame

Even the Chargers’ Head coach Anthony Lynn had nothing but compliments for Joe Burrow

“I was afraid. He’s way more nimble than people think. He’s a fine young quarterback.”

Despite the harsh self-criticism, Burrow said he remains confident in his team, and that they need to bounce back quickly. The Cincinnati Bengals play the Cleveland Browns this Thursday in Cleveland.