Joe Burrow has taken his play to a whole new level in the past two weeks.
First came his 525-yard performance against the Baltimore Ravens.
He also had four touchdowns and zero interceptions in the statement win over his division rival.
The Cincinnati Bengals faced another big AFC test this week in the Kansas City Chiefs.
Was Burrow scared of the bright lights?
Not quite, as he threw for 446 yards, four touchdowns, and zero interceptions.
That had ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky making it known that Burrow is among the best quarterbacks in the NFL.
"Joe Burrow has what every franchise wants and chases in a QB. … He's a top-5 QB, that is not for a conversation anymore."
— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) January 3, 2022
Orlovsky has been hyping up Burrow all year and Sunday’s win provides enough validation to say he truly is a top-five quarterback in the NFL.
Burrow is only in his second NFL season, so this is extremely high praise.
It is also warranted after the tear the second-year player has been on.
Playing Like An MVP
Burrow’s recent stretch of play has him fifth in the NFL in passing yards with 4,611.
His 34 touchdowns have him in a tie for sixth place.
But it is not just the stats that have Orlovsky talking about Burrow being among the best in the NFL.
It is the fact he is playing his best against top competition.
Burrow took four sacks on Sunday and was hit hard often.
— xz – Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) January 3, 2022
Yet he kept standing in the pocket, releasing deep throws whenever possible.
That led to Ja’Marr Chase finishing with 266 yards and three touchdowns.
The two have formed a special duo and Chase can thank insane accuracy from Burrow for his breakout rookie season.
It is not an overreaction to say Burrow is among the best in the NFL.
He just torched two solid defenses and is a threat to throw for 500 yards on any given day.
If he leads the Bengals to a playoff win for the first time in decades, his legend will only grow.