Joe Burrow college, NFL history: From LSU to the Bengals and Super Bowl 2022


Joe Burrow‘s NFL career has been brief, but eventful. Fresh off of winning a College Football Playoff National Championship at LSU, Burrow was the presumptive No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Burrow entered his freshman season in the NFL with high expectations but he suffered a knee injury in November that abruptly ended his season. In his sophomore campaign, Burrow made up for lost time. He has since led the Cincinnati Bengals to Super Bowl LVI as they take on the Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 13. The game will be broadcast live today on NBC and Peacock.

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Joe Burrow’s College Career

Burrow began his college career as a backup QB at Ohio State before transferring to LSU prior to the start of the 2018 season. In his two years as quarterback of the Tigers, Burrow posted a 68.5 completion percentage and threw 76 touchdowns and just 11 interceptions for a QB rating of 173.2.

In his senior season in 2019, Burrow set nearly every LSU single-season passing record. He became the only player in SEC history to throw for 5,000 yards and 50 TDs in a season while setting the NCAA single-season record for TD passes (60) and total touchdowns (65). Backed by his historic performance, Burrow led the Tigers to a perfect 15-0 mark and the NCAA National Championship Game. In that game against Clemson, Burrow capped off a stellar season with 31 completions on 49 attempts for 463 yards and five touchdowns. He led LSU to a convincing 42-25 win over Clemson to win the CFP National Championship.

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Joe Burrow’s Rookie Season in the NFL

After rewriting the NCAA record books, Burrow was the obvious No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, which went to the Bengals who had posted a 2-14 record in the previous season. Due to Burrow’s college accomplishments, he was expected to make an immediate impact at the NFL level.

But Burrow suffered a season-ending knee injury in November and Cincinnati finished with four wins – just two more than the previous season. With the fifth overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Bengals selected Burrow’s LSU teammate, Ja’Marr Chase. Though Chase did not play in his senior season due to COVID-19, his 2019 numbers were enough to turn heads as he finished with 1,780 yards and 84 receptions and 20 touchdowns over 14 games. Expectations started to rise in Cincinnati again as the team prepared to have a healthy Burrow under center and an electric receiver in Chase on the outside.

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Joe Burrow’s Sophomore Season in the NFL

From the beginning of the 2021-22 season, the Bengals proved that they had the ability to be competitive with some of the top teams in the league. In Week 5, Cincinnati fell to the Green Bay Packers, 25-22 in overtime, almost beating the eventual No. 1 seed in the NFC. A commanding 41-17 win over the division-rival Ravens in Week 7 elevated the Bengals to a 5-2 record. Cincinnati lost two surprising games to the New York Jets and Cleveland Browns, but they closed out the regular season with statement wins over the Ravens and Kansas City Chiefs to clinch the AFC North title.

Throughout it all, Burrow showed improvement both as a passer and as a leader. This week, he received Comeback Player of the Year honors and Chase was named Offensive Rookie of the Year. Burrow finished the regular season sixth in passing yards and posted the second-best passer rating in the entire NFL at 108.3, trailing only Aaron Rodgers, who was named MVP.

In the NFL playoffs, the Bengals have continued to impress. With a win over the Las Vegas Raiders on Super Wild Card Weekend, the Bengals snapped a 31-year playoff losing streak – the longest drought without a win in the postseason in the NFL. The wins kept coming as the Bengals unseated the No. 1 seed Tennessee Titans in the Divisional Round and then came all the way back to upset Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game.

The Bengals have entered each playoff game as the underdog – a mentality, however, that Burrow rejects. After defeating the Titans, Burrow told The Athletic, “I’m tired of the underdog narrative. We are a really, really good team. We are here to make noise.”

After knocking off the Chiefs and advancing to the league’s biggest game on the biggest stage, Burrow and the Bengals are just one win away from proving the doubters wrong.

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How can I watch and stream Super Bowl 2022 live?

  • When: Sunday, February 13, 2022
  • Where: SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, California
  • TV Channel: NBC
  • Live streamPeacock, NBC Sports app,
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NFL quarterback rankings 2023: Chris Simms’ top 40 QB countdown ahead of upcoming NFL season


While the NFL is a league that is ever-changing, some things are set to stay the same in 2023 — like the revealing of Chris Simms’ top 40 QB countdown.

Last year’s list saw Josh Allen take his place atop the quarterback throne, with Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes and Los Angeles’ Justin Herbert not far behind at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. It was, however, Mahomes who would ultimately reign over all NFL quarterbacks at the end of the season, as the 27-year-old collected both the NFL MVP honors and his second Lombardi Trophy.

This NFL offseason, however, has brought some intriguing adjustments that are likely to shake up Simms’ rankings.

While some signal-callers such as Jalen Hurts and Lamar Jackson found their prolonged home with massive contract signings, others will be venturing to a new franchise in search of a fresh start. Aaron Rodgers‘ trade to the New York Jets is unquestionably the most staggering shift, but other quarterbacks on the move such as Derek Carr and Jimmy Garoppolo cannot be forgotten.

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And with three of the first four picks in the 2023 NFL Draft being spent on a quarterback, emerging talent will likely turn the tides for some franchises this upcoming season.

See below for Chris Simms’ top 40 QB countdown ahead of the upcoming season. Be sure to subscribe to Chris Simms Unbuttoned for more on the 2023 NFL season as well as an unfiltered look at the NFL featuring player access, unabashed opinion, X&O film breakdown and stories from a life in and around football.

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Chris Simms’ 2023 Top 40 QB Countdown:

40. Desmond Ridder (ATL)

39. Sam Howell (WAS)

38. Bryce Young (CAR)

37. CJ Stroud (HOU)

36. Anthony Richardson (IND)

35. Mike White (MIA)

34. Gardner Minshew (IND)

33. Taylor Heinicke (ATL)

32. Jarrett Stidham (DEN)

31. Jordan Love (GB)

30. Davis Mills (HOU)

29. Tyler Huntley (BAL)

28. Andy Dalton (CAR)

27. Sam Darnold (SF)

26. Brock Purdy (SF)

25. Kenny Pickett (PIT)

24. Baker Mayfield (TB)

23. Justin Fields (CHI)

22. Jimmy Garoppolo (LV)

21. Tua Tagovailoa (MIA)

20. Mac Jones (NE)

19. Kyler Murray (AZ)

18. Derek Carr (NO)

17. Jared Goff (DET)

16. Ryan Tannehill (TEN)

15. Geno Smith (SEA)

14. Russell Wilson (DEN)

2023 NFL Schedule Release: Start time, how to watch, live stream, channel


With another exciting NFL Draft in the books, teams can now turn their gaze toward the road to Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas. The path to Super Bowl glory, however, is about to become abundantly more clear with the 2023 NFL season schedule release.

This year’s NFL season schedule release is nearly here, with the entirety of the 2023 NFL schedule being unveiled on Thursday, May 11 at 8 p.m. ET on both Peacock and NFL Network. See below for everything you need to know for one of the offseason’s most anticipated events.

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When will the 2023 NFL season schedule be released?

While all 272 matchups have been known since the conclusion of the 2022 regular season, the order and dates for these games have remained a mystery. The secret is nearly out, however, with every NFL game on the brink of revelation.

The full 2023 NFL schedule will be released on Thursday, May 11 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

How can I watch the 2023 NFL season schedule release?

The 2023 NFL season schedule release will take place Thursday, May 11 on Peacock, NFL Network, and the NFL app at 8 p.m. ET.

While the entirety of the schedule will be unveiled at that time, select games have already been and will continue to be released prior to the official event. Ahead of the 2023 NFL season schedule release, the following games will be announced:

Who will play in the 2023 NFL Kickoff game?

The first game of the 2023-24 NFL season will see the reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs take the field in Arrowhead Stadium.

The opponent that will meet Patrick Mahomes and company in Kansas City, however, remains to be revealed.

Which NFL teams have international games in 2023?

While the majority of the matchups set to take place next season have yet to be announced, the league has already revealed which teams will head overseas for international showdowns.

Below is the full list of international NFL games for the 2023-24 season, with three in London, U.K., and two in Frankfurt, Germany.

Falcons vs. Jaguars: Week 4, Oct. 1 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Wembley Stadium in London, U.K.

Jaguars vs. Bills: Week 5, Oct. 8 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, U.K.

Ravens vs. Titans: Week 6, Oct. 15 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, U.K.

Dolphins vs. Chiefs: Week 9, Nov. 5 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Frankfurt Stadium in Frankfurt, Germany

Colts vs. Patriots: Week 10, Nov. 12 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Frankfurt Stadium in Frankfurt, Germany

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When is the Super Bowl and where will it be taking place?

Stars will be shining bright in Las Vegas, Nevada, for Super Bowl LVIII, set to take place on Feb. 11, 2024, at the home of the Raiders in Allegiant Stadium.

This will be the first Super Bowl to ever take place in Las Vegas, which hosted the 2023 Pro Bowl and 2022 NFL Draft.

Be sure to follow ProFootballTalk for the latest news, updates, and storylines about the upcoming NFL season!