Brett Favre: Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow 'is certainly in a different class'

Dave Clark
Cincinnati Enquirer
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Pro Football Hall of Famer and former Green Bay Packers great Brett Favre offered praise of Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow on SiriusXM NFL Radio after Burrow rallied the Bengals past the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday to clinch the AFC North title, breaking franchise records set by Andy Dalton in the process.

"A guy like Joe Burrow is certainly in a different class. He's basically picking up where he left off his last year at LSU. And so is (Ja'Marr) Chase," Favre said.

"That being said, very impressive against an extremely good football team in Kansas City. They needed to beat Kansas City. And Kansas City jumps out and looks great. I'm thinking this is over before it even started. But Joe – he got on a hot streak, and the rest is history. ... That's why they drafted Joe – because of what he did at LSU. They expected the same thing. ... The front office will say, 'We expected this right away.' But I think the fact that it's happened as quick as it has – and really the collapse of the rest of the division – has got to be somewhat of a surprise to even the AFC North faithful. I didn't see it coming.

"But I saw success coming for Joe. I felt like he and Chase would have a good rapport in the pro game much like they did in the college game."

With the Cleveland Browns eliminated from playoff contention and the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers needing significant help, the Bengals could be the division's lone representative in the postseason – one year after Cincinnati was the only AFC North team to miss the playoffs. 

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow celebrates the win against the Kansas City Chiefs at Paul Brown Stadium.

Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said Monday that he hasn't decided whether Burrow and other starters will play against the Browns ahead of the playoffs. Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield will not play in the Week 18 game, Cleveland head coach Kevin Stefanski announced Tuesday.

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