While NFL fans and media might spend tons of time debating who the best quarterback in the league is, Cincinnati Bengals signal caller Joe Burrow doesn’t seem to think there’s much of a discussion to be had.
Speaking to the media earlier this week, Burrow — one of the few quarterbacks in the National Football League with a winning record against him (3-2) — declared that Kansas City Chiefs MVP Patrick Mahomes is undoubtedly the best quarterback in the game right now.
“I don’t think there’s any argument right now, it’s Pat [Mahomes],” Burrow told reporters at a press conference on Tuesday. “Until somebody has a better year than he’s had, he’s the one to knock off.”
In their last matchup in the AFC Championship Game, Mahomoes got the best of Burrow en route to his second Super Bowl title.
Heading into the 2023 season, while the Kansas City Chiefs are currently the favorites to repeat as Super Bowl champions, Burrow and the Bengals are seen as one of the AFC teams that can knock them off, at least according to the bookies.
While Burrow may not be on the same trajectory as Mahomes — who is clearly the superior athlete — the 26-year-old gun slinger looks like the QB most equipped to take on Mahomes thanks to his famously even-keeled demeanor.
The last time the pair faced off, though, Mahomes certainly got the best of Burrow, who completed 26/41 passes for 270 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions in the loss. Mahomes, on the other hand, completed 29/43 passes for 326 yards, two touchdowns, and no turnovers.
Luckily for football fans, not only will the Bengals and Chiefs be facing off (at least once) this season, but the game will be taking place on New Year’s Eve, which means it will likely be a crucial matchup when it comes to seeding in the AFC playoffs.