Joe Burrow played a calm and collected game in the snow in Buffalo to lead the Cincinnati Bengals to victory over the Bills in the AFC Divisional Round matchup.
Some might have considered Buffalo slight favorites given that they were playing at home, but the Bengals were imperious in running their offense. Offensive drives were productive, leading to either touchdowns or field goals, and much of the credit goes to the offensive coordinator and quarterback for that.
Former Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith certainly knows a thing or two about this. Not only is he the most successful coach in Falcons history, it was under him, that Matt Ryan became the franchise quarterback of the organization.
He loves the way Joe Burrow adjusts to defensive schemes and gets the ball out quickly to make plays. Speaking exclusively to Sportskeeda's The BallFather Podcast, he said:
"Well, I like the way he [Joe Burrow] processes defenses. He sees what they're trying to do. And they've gotten a very simple form. He doesn't have to make multiple reads. He goes one, two, and three, and he gets the ball out of his hands, or he takes off and runs."
Coach Smith also mentioned that he feels that the Cincinnati quarterback is underrated as a runner. Not only is he great at throwing the ball, he can also scramble effectivelyl, even if it does not get the same visibility.
"Yeah, people don't realize how good of a scrambler he is. He can make plays. And he's not a heavy-footed quarterback. He's not like Patrick Mahomes in terms of visibility to scramble, but he's right behind him and he can extend plays and that allows people to get open and he does have some weapons there on the offense."
Joe Burrow and Patrick Mahomes go into the AFC Championship to renew a modern rivalry
This is the second consecutive year that Patrick Mahomes and Joe Burrow have met in the AFC Championship. The Bengals quarterback is yet to lose to his Chiefs counterpart. Mahomes is also suffering from a high-ankle sprain and although he is expected to play, it will be interesting to see how he overcomes his injury.
This is turning out to be a modern rivalry among the quarterbacks as they have both established themselves as the best AFC quarterbacks in the last two seasons. They have left names like Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson behind and will ensure that they are the ones that will represent the AFC in the Super Bowl again.