Cincinnati — Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow The team has some advice for those who are nervous about a win heading into Week 3.
“Let’s all just take a deep breath and relax,” Burrow said at his weekly news conference Wednesday. “We’ll be fine. We won’t worry about it.”
Cincinnati’s reign as AFC champion has not gone well yet. The Bengals are the first team in the Super Bowl era to lose their first two games despite being at least a 7-point favorite in each contest, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
Despite the early losses, composure was the primary talking point for Burrow and many Bengals starting backup quarterback ahead of this weekend’s game against the New York Jets. Joe Flacco.
Bengals coach Zach Taylor said in a press conference that Burrow is open about the situation. The fourth-year coach added that it’s easy to be nervous, but this year’s team relishes the pressure to perform well following last year’s Super Bowl run.
“We were begging for expectations,” said Taylor, who began his coaching career with Cincinnati in 2019 after a 2-14 season. When you start slower than you think and people expect, you will deal with that. I like it too.
The Bengals are the only team in the AFC North without a win after two weeks. The Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens are all 1-1.
After scoring just three touchdowns in the first two games, Cincinnati’s offense caught fire, all of those drives coming in the second half. After 13 sacks in the first two games, Barrow’s patient mantra has reached his comfort level on the offensive line.
“Those guys are working hard to fix it,” Burrow said. “I can do more to help them. And we can do more by calling them to help. We’re getting this thing right. Nobody panics.”
There is an urgency to shake off an 0-3 start for the Buros, even if there is no shock. After the team’s loss to Dallas, Burrow referenced several two-game losing skids the Bengals endured last season, including an upset loss to the Jets in Week 8.
The highest overall pick in the 2020 draft, in addition to the same issues recently discussed, were discussed last year before the Bengals settled, secured their first playoff appearance since 2015 and won their first AFC Championship since 1989. How Burrow said. Last year’s team gives Cincinnati confidence that it can do it again.
And when it comes to breathing easier and feeling better despite early struggles, Burrow isn’t alone.
“At the end of the day we know we have a good football team and we’re going to get back on track and be in good shape,” Taylor said. “And everyone can relax.”