Joe Burrow surely was playing with a chip on his shoulder on Sunday.
Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals destroyed the Baltimore Ravens when they picked up where they left off in a 41-21 victory over their division rivals to take control of the AFC North. The Bengals dropped 31 points in just the first half.
By the time Burrow was done, he’d torched the Ravens for 525 passing yards, the fourth-highest single-game total in NFL history.
Ravens defensive coordinator Wink Martindale may have provided all the extra added fuel for Burrow when he was asked if he’d play a similar coverage for Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase that he used to try to rein in Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams.
“Adams is one of the top two receivers in the league and he’s not No. 2,” the Ravens DC responded. “Aaron Rodgers is a Hall of Fame quarterback, and I don’t think we’re ready to buy a gold jacket for Joe [Burrow].”
Burrow admitted he was aware of Martindale’s comment. Saying he didn’t think it was “necessary.”
“I wouldn’t say I was offended by it,” Burrow said. “I mean, I’m in Year Two. Who knows what’s going to happen down the road? But I didn’t think it was a necessary comment.”
It’s not the best idea to give your rival some bulletin board material before a big game.