When Will Bengals' Joe Burrow Land NFL's Next Megadeal?

When Will Bengals' Joe Burrow Land NFL's Next Megadeal?
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Few NFL quarterbacks have taken the league by storm out of the gate quite like Cincinnati Bengals signal-caller and former No. 1 overall pick Joe Burrow. Burrow has lived up to the hype in south Ohio so far, throwing for nearly 12,000 yards while leading the Bengals to the Super Bowl and AFC Championship Game in the past two seasons.

Heck, you could easily make the case "Joe Cool" has been a boon to Ohio sports betting all by himself.  

With just 42 games of NFL experience under his belt, it’s worth wondering whether Burrow could be the next NFL starting QB to sign a mega-extension along the lines of the one that Eagles QB Jalen Hurts inked earlier this week.  

Hurts, who guided the Eagles to the Super Bowl this year, re-signed with the Eagles for 5 years and $255 million, joining five other NFL QBs (Josh Allen, Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson, Kyler Murray and Russell Wilson) in the $200 million camp.  

BetOhio.com wanted to break down the numbers on Burrow’s three seasons in Cincinnati to see when and if the former LSU Tiger could join those five gunslingers in the $200 million club. 

Keep it here at BetOhio as well for updates on the Bengals playoff chances next season.

How Burrow Compares To Other QBs

Below we lay out how Burrow's stats to date compare not only to his fellow 2020 draftees (Justin Herbert and Hurts) but also other young QBs who have already landed a significant extension (Josh Allen, Kyler Murray, Deshaun Watson) or are currently seeking their own (Lamar Jackson). Worth noting: Burrow is the current MVP co-favorite next season along with Mahomes at +650 on BetMGM Ohio Sportsbook.  You can find a BetMGM Ohio promo code on this site.

Joe Burrow: 1,044/1,530 (68.2%), 11,774 pass yards, 82 pass TDS (31 INTs), 55.8 QBR average, 152 rushes for 517 yards, 10 rushing TDs

Average season: 3,924 pass yards, 27.33 pass TDs (10.33 INT), 55.8 QBR/40.67 rushes, 172.33 rush yards, 3.33 rush TDs

Justin Herbert: 1,316/1,966 (66.9%), 14,089 pass yards, 94 pass TDs (35 INTs), 63.9 QBR average, 172 rushes, 683 rush yards, 8 rush TDs 

Average season: 4,696.33 pass yards, 31.33 pass TDs (11.67 INTs), 63.9 QBR, 57.33 rushes, 227.67 rush yards, 2.67 rush TDs  

Jalen Hurts: 648/1,040 (62.3%), 7,906 pass yards, 44 pass TDs (19 INTs), 51.6 QBR average, 367 rushes, 1,898 rush yards, 26 rush TDs

Average season: 2,635.33 pass yards, 14.67 pass TDs (6.33 INTs), 51.6 QBR average, 122.33 rushes, 632.67 rush yards, 8.67 rush TDs  

Josh Allen (Through 5 seasons): 1,604/2,566 (62.5%), 18,397 pass yards, 138 pass TDs (60 INTs), 62.7 QBR average, 546 attempts, 3,087 rush yards, 38 rush TDs

Average season: 3,579.4 pass yards, 27.6 pass TDs (12 INTs), 62.7 QBR average, 109.2 attempts, 617.4 rush yards, 7.6 rush TDs  

Kyler Murray (Through 4 seasons): 1,316/1,971 (66.8%), 13,848 pass yards, 84 pass TDs (41 INTs), 58.6 QBR average, 381 attempts, 2,204 rush yards, 23 rush TDs

Average season: 3,462 pass yards, 21 pass TDs (10.25 INTs), 58.6 QBR average, 95.25 attempts, 551 rush yards, 5.75 rush TDs 

Lamar Jackson (Through 5 seasons): 1,055/1,655 (63.7%), 12,209 pass yards, 101 pass TDs (38 INTs), 61.76 QBR, 727 rushes, 4,437 rush yards, 24 rush TDs

Average season: 2,441.8 pass yards, 20.2 pass TDs (7.6 INTs), 61.76 QBR average, 145.4 rushes, 887.4 rush yards, 4.8 rush TDs

Patrick Mahomes (Through 6 seasons): 1,985/2,993 (66.3%), 24,241 pass yards, 192 pass TDs (49 INTs), 74.7 QBR average, 299 attempts, 1,547 rush yards, 12 rush TDs

Average season: 4,040.17 pass yards, 32 pass TDs (8.2 INTs), 74.7 QBR average, 49.8 attempts, 257.8 rush yards, 2 rush TDs 

Deshaun Watson (Through 5 seasons): 1,285/1,918 (67.0%), 15,641 pass yards, 111 pass TDs (41 INTs), 63.6 QBR average, 343 attempts, 1,852 rush yards, 18 rush TDs 

Average season: 3,128.2 pass yards, 22.2 pass TDs (8.2 INTs), 63.6 QBR average, 68.6 attempts, 370.4 rush yards, 3.6 rush TDs 

Burrow In Elite NFL QB Class Through 3 Seasons

Burrow has posted better yearly numbers than most of the NFL’s $200 million class, with more passing yards per season than each member except Mahomes, who is slightly ahead of the Bengals’ QB (4,040.17 yards per season to Burrow’s 3,924).  

When it comes to passing touchdowns per year, Burrow’s average of 27.33 ranks ahead of three of the six members, ranking ahead of Hurts (14.7), Murray (21) and Watson (22.2). Burrow comes in just after Mahomes (32) and Allen (27.6) on the list.  

The fourth-year Bengals signal-caller has the fifth best QBR average of the group (55.8), coming in ahead of Hurts (51.6) and behind Mahomes (74.7), Watson (63.6), Allen (62.7) and Murray (58.6). 

Burrow's outstanding play has the Bengals Super Bowl odds the second-highest in the league this season.



Christopher Boan

Christopher Boan writes for BetOhio.com and has been covering sports and sports betting for more than seven years, with experience at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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