Joe Burrow calls win over Steelers ‘one of my favorite’; QB shares his postgame message to Kenny Pickett


PITTSBURGH — Joe Burrow adjusted his hair, then exhaled before beginning his postgame press conference. With the booming sound of the Bengals‘ celebratory locker room music echoing behind him, the Bengals quarterback shared the significance of Sunday’s 37-30 win. 

After an 0-2 start, the defending AFC champions now stand at 6-4 after defeating a Pittsburgh team that upset them 10 weeks earlier in the season opener. That game now seems like a distant memory for Burrow and the Bengals, who latched on to the seventh and final AFC playoff seed following Sunday’s win.

“That was awesome. One of my favorite wins since I’ve been here,” said Burrow, who improved his career record to 3-2 against the Steelers. “Lot of adversity. AFC North game. Bad weather. Cold, windy. We fought through, found a way to win.”

A four-point favorite, the Bengals found themselves trailing at halftime after Levi Wallace’s pick of Burrow late in the half set up Pittsburgh’s go-ahead field goal. The Bengals trailed at halftime despite two first-half touchdown passes from Burrow, who at one point in the first half completed 11 straight passes.

Cincinnati showed its mettle in the second half. Despite playing without Ja’Marr Chase and losing running back Joe Mixon during the game, the Bengals took the lead for good when Burrow hit Trenton Irwin on a 1-yard touchdown pass midway through the third quarter. After a Steelers field goal trimmed the lead to a point, the Bengals essentially ended the game with an eight-play, 93-yard drive that ended with Burrow’s third touchdown of the game to Samaje Perine, who had an extended role with Mixon out with a head injury.

“Every role you ask him to play, he’s going to do it,” Bengals coach Zac Taylor said of Perine after the game. “Whether it’s the second-half feature back when Joe’s out, whether it’s playing his role on third down or some of the other packages they put him in. He’s just as reliable as they come. Very dependable. We don’t take him for granted because we understand how valuable a piece he is for our team.”

The big play on the drive was Burrow’s 33-yard completion to Tee Higgins, whose 148 receiving yards is the second-highest total of his career. Burrow also completed passes of 27 and 15 yards on the drive to Tyler Boyd, a Pittsburgh native who did not catch a pass until that drive.

“We didn’t see the easiest looks tonight,” Taylor said of the Steelers defense. “They did a good job packaging their stuff. … They tried to put a lot of pressure on us, especially on second down. Joe, I thought, handled that really fine and found the guy who had the best matchup.”

All told, Burrow threw for 355 yards with four touchdowns. He threw two interceptions that included T.J. Watt‘s incredible snag that put the Steelers in position to take the lead late in the third quarter. But instead of taking the lead, the Bengals defense stiffened and forced the Steelers to settle for a field goal.

“I’ve never seen plays like that before by a defensive lineman,” Burrow said of Watt, who returned to the field last Sunday after missing seven games with injuries. “He’s made two of them this year. I’d love to say there’s something I can do about that, but there’s just nothing I can do about that.”

Burrow did have something to say to his counterpart on Sunday, Kenny Pickett. Burrow was in Pickett’s shoes two years ago as a rookie quarterback who was going through the growing pains of being a first-year starter. In what was his sixth career start, Pickett threw for 265 yards (his second-highest total of the season) with a touchdown… Visit Source

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