That was the expectation when drafting him at No. 1 overall in the 2020 NFL Draft, and he has finally emerged after his rookie season was cut short with an injury.
Burrow absolutely lit up the Baltimore Ravens defense on Sunday to the tune of 525 yards and four touchdowns.
He was letting it fly all game and the Bengals offense did not slow down late even with a big lead.
The Ravens can complain, but they also could have just tried to stop Burrow.
The Bengals now control their playoff destiny and one ESPN NFL analyst believes Burrow has proven he is among the best in the game.
.@danorlovsky7 believes that Joe Burrow is a top-five QB in the NFL 😳
1. Aaron Rodgers
2. Tom Brady
3. Matthew Stafford
4. Patrick Mahomes
5. Joe Burrow pic.twitter.com/Ao4dPJ2PEc
— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) December 27, 2021
Dan Orlovsky is outright saying Burrow is a top-five quarterback in the NFL.
Is that a bold claim?
Yes, but Burrow throwing for over 500 yards was not some sort of fluke.
Is Burrow In The Top 5?
Any list of quarterback rankings is inherently subjective, so there is no true way to know if Burrow is indeed one of the five best quarterbacks out there.
But he now sixth in the NFL in passing yards this year and reached the 30-touchdown mark with his big game Sunday.
He has done all this with only 481 attempts, which ranks 12th in the NFL.
Burrow had a legendary season at LSU in 2019 and entered the NFL with serious hype.
So it should not be a surprise that he is playing so well.
Joe Burrow won’t apologize for running it up on Baltimore 👀 @brgridiron
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 27, 2021
Analysts like Orlovsky are paid to create discussion and get people talking, even if it involves bold claims.
Yet his list is not too far out there.
But who is fifth?
Dak Prescott was in the discussion earlier this season, but cooled off as time went on.
Burrow is a legitimate option at number five and Orlovsky may be ahead of the curve in crowing Burrow as the savior in Cincinnati.
Now comes the ultimate test of getting the team its first playoff win since 1990.