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Joe Burrow, the rookie quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens, recently made an observation that should have fans of all NFL teams worrying about their own defenses.

Joe Burrow is an offensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals, and he has a bold observation about his team’s defense. Joe Burrow’s bold observation should have Ravens fans panicking about their injury-plagued defense.

Highlights of the article:

  • Burrow, Joe, quarterback of the Cincinnati Bengals, sent a strong message to the Baltimore Ravens’ defense.
  • After the quarterback’s words, Ravens supporters have every reason to be worried.
  • The Bengals’ game against Lamar Jackson’s Ravens on Dec. 26 might determine the AFC North. 

If what we’re witnessing today from Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow is any indication of what we can anticipate over the next decade, the Bengals’ decades-long postseason drought will come to an end sooner than you can say, “Hey, Burrow just connected with Ja’Marr Chase for another touchdown.”

Burrow has established himself as one of the NFL’s finest young quarterbacks, in case you didn’t notice it. Not only is the LSU product satisfying his own fans, but he also just casually and confidently conveyed an ominous message to Baltimore Ravens fans.

Joe Burrow figured out the Baltimore Ravens’ defense and broke the code.

Burrow had blasted the Ravens defense for 416 yards and three touchdowns in a 41-17 win three days before to publication. We apologise to Ravens fans who have been dreaming about the second-year quarterback’s impressive start in recent nights.

Burrow discussed what helps the Bengals’ offense prosper in Week 7 on Football Morning in America on October 25. Over their previous four games, the Ravens had outscored opponents 107-55 and only allowed more than 17 points once.

The Ravens placed opponents in one-on-one scenarios, according to Burrow, which worked well over the four-game period. Baltimore’s overachieving defense, on the other hand, was unprepared for the Bengals’ high-octane offensive.

“At first, they were dominating those matches and playing really well. We just continued placing our players in situations where we knew they could win, and they began to make those plays. They moved out of that zero blitz and began blitzing every snap after we started making a couple of those plays. We eventually got back into the swing of things with our offensive.”

Joe Burrow

Burrow’s changes paid off handsomely. After trailing 17-10 with 13:20 remaining in the third quarter, the 2019 Heisman Trophy winner led three scoring drives over the following 20 minutes of in-game action, including an 82-yard touchdown hookup with Chase, the fifth overall choice in April’s NFL draft.

Chase ended with 201 yards on eight receptions, while veteran tight end CJ Uzomah added 91 yards and two touchdowns to his already impressive season. Tee Higgins, a second-year wideout, had seven grabs for 62 yards in the defeat.

Joe Burrow has some very nice pocket movement versus Baltimore. Evades a rusher and connects with Samaje Perine on a 23-yard pass. pic.twitter.com/jzE1lkJLcf

October 26, 2021 — Ben Baby (@Ben Baby)

Lamar Jackson is one side of the Ravens’ metaphorical coin. The fourth-year quarterback has carried the club throughout the season and, depending on the day, has beaten opponents with both his arm and legs. The Ravens may be fighting for the No. 1 overall selection instead of a fourth straight postseason spot if they don’t have the 2019 NFL MVP.

Burrow’s brave disclosure should draw a lot of attention to the Ravens’ other side of the story: injuries. Although the most of the Ravens’ injury attention has been on the running backs, don’t forget that Pro Bowl cornerback Marcus Peters tore his ACL on the last day of the regular season.

In mid-September, Baltimore lost another cornerback, Chris Westry, to a meniscus injury. Later that month, rookie linebacker Daelin Hayes had an ankle injury, and it is unclear if he will return this season.

No one can deny that the Ravens’ 5-2 start is due in large part to Jackson’s MVP-level performance. He’s the one that rallied his team to a contentious win over the Detroit Lions in Week 3 and come-from-behind wins against the Kansas City Chiefs and Indianapolis Colts at home. Without Jackson as quarterback, the Ravens don’t go as far as they have this year.

Burrow’s Week 7 performance, on the other hand, demonstrates what may happen if a team notices the Ravens’ modifications. He went public with Baltimore’s defensive techniques and how opponents might attack them if they had the skill. The Ravens’ Week 9 opponents, the Minnesota Vikings, as well as the Green Bay Packers (Week 15) and Los Angeles Rams, have the skill and weaponry (Week 17).

Those three games, all of which take place in Baltimore, will determine whether the Ravens win the AFC North. What previously seemed to be a foregone conclusion now needs a defense prepared to adapt its ways after Burrow dismantled it.

It’s ok to start freaking out, Ravens supporters. Just be thankful for Jackson’s presence at the helm.

The rematch between the Ravens and the Bengals on Dec. 26 may very well determine the AFC North.

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow faces the Baltimore Ravens on Oct. 24, 2021. Joe Burrow of the Cincinnati Bengals exposed the Baltimore Ravens’ defense with his play and remarks | Rob Carr/Getty Images

If the season ended today, clubs would only have played six or seven games to qualify for the playoffs. That does not seem to be the case. More crucially, the Bengals would be the AFC’s top seed, while the Ravens, at No. 5, would have to go to a Wild-Card Game in January.

On Sunday, Dec. 26, the Bengals will visit the Ravens in a game that might be promoted to Sunday Night Football if both teams continue to perform at their current levels. Despite the fact that both clubs have two games remaining following that encounter, the AFC North division might be decided in Week 16.

Only time will tell whether Burrow regrets making such a bold statement about an opponent team’s defense and what went wrong. However, with the way he’s playing, it doesn’t seem like the Bengals will be able to stop him in the next two months.

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