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Bengals QB Joe Burrow on dethroning Chiefs: ‘I hope it’s us’
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Bengals QB Joe Burrow on dethroning Chiefs: ‘I hope it’s us’

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow knows that to be the best, you have to beat the best. That’s why he hopes the Bengals can dethrone the two-time defending champion Kansas City Chiefs next season.

“They are currently the gold standard. Everyone is after them – they’re obviously back-to-back world champions,” Burrow said of the Chiefs during his May 7 press conference. “Someone has to take them out, I hope it’s us.”


Joe Burrow is one of the few NFL QBs with a winning record against Patrick Mahomes

The Burrow-led Bengals are one of the few NFL teams to have a winning record against the Chiefs since quarterback Patrick Mahomes became Kansas City’s starting quarterback.

Against the Chiefs during the regular season, Burrow has a 2-0 record, completing 78.6% of his passes for 732 yards, and has 6 touchdowns and 0 turnovers in those matchups, according to Stathead.

During the postseason, Burrow has a 1-1 record against Kansas City. In those games, Cincy’s franchise QB completed 62% of his passes for 520 yards, 3 touchdowns, and also had 3 interceptions.

Although the Bengals have defeated the Chiefs during the regular season when Burrow was under center, Cincy has yet to prove it can consistently beat Kansas City during the playoffs. So, to be considered the best in the league, the Bengals will have to dethrone the Chiefs during the playoffs, which will give them a winning record against the Mahomes-led Kansas City squad during the postseason.

But Cincy will also have to win a Super Bowl to be considered the best in the NFL. Until that happens, the Bengals – like every other team in the NFL – will live in the shadow of Chiefs Kingdom.


Louis Rees-Zammit speaks about the transition from rugby to NFL

One of the Chiefs’ more interesting signings this season was Welsh rugby star Louis Rees-Zammit, who joined the NFL through the International Pathway program.

Speaking to the media on the final day of rookie minicamp, Rees-Zammit – who had never played football before entering the NFL – explained what made him want to try football.

“My dad was a big NFL fan growing up and he wanted to play the sport. He played American football in Great Britain, it wasn’t an option to come and play here,” Reese-Zammit explained during his May 6 press conference . “I always watched it as a child. Every Sunday I stayed up late. The time difference is obviously five to six hours, for me it would be early in the morning. My father is a huge mentor to me and a role model. It was just when I was going to do it and I was achieving everything I wanted in rugby, so I thought it was the perfect time.

Kansas City head coach Andy Reid gave his evaluation of Rees-Zammit after the three-day minicamp.

“This was good for him – this camp, he got a lot of reps for that reason,” Reid said on May 6. “When the guys are here, he runs with the guys and doesn’t get a lot of reps. over there. This gave him the opportunity to really jump in and learn. He is so diligent with everything and wants to be so good at everything. I appreciated that. You see the progress he has made. You saw that yesterday with the long run he had on the screen. I thought he was going to dive into the end zone, but other than that it was fine (laughter). He did well.”