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Joe Burrow sacked just once in Bengals' victory: 'I had all the time I needed in the pocket'

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9/30/2022 12:29:59 PM
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For the first time in 13 games, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow wasn't planted on his backside multiple times during a game, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.

Thursday night's 27-15 victory over the Miami Dolphins marked the first time since Week 7, 2021, that Burrow was sacked fewer than two times in a game. The Dolphins sacked Burrow just once, as the QB helped guide Cincy back to .500, connecting on 20 of 31 passes for 287 yards and two TDs.

"All day, the protection was awesome," Burrow said, via the Associated Press. "I had all the time I needed in the pocket to find the guys I needed."

The Bengals entered Week 4 tied for last in sacks allowed with 15.

"I told them this is the most time I've had since I've been in the league," Burrow said of his offensive line on the Amazon Prime postgame show.

Keeping Burrow upright and giving up pressure on only 21.9 percent of dropbacks allowed the quarterback to make several big plays that turned the tide.

Burrow's 59-yard touchdown to Tee Higgins was the Bengals' 10th 50-plus yard scrimmage TD since 2021 (most in NFL) and the quarterback's 14th completion of 50-plus yards since 2021 (leads NFL).

"Joe was lights-out," coach Zac Taylor said. "He was seeing it really well, giving guys an opportunity. It's man coverage, you've got to beat man coverage and we've got the guys to do it. We had the protection to match it, we have a quarterback where that's what he wants to see -- 'Give me man coverage, let me fit into tight windows and tough spots.' So, I'm proud of the way all those guys stepped up."

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