Downgrade: The Highest-Paid QB Struggles at Cleveland in Season Opener
Joe Burrow became the highest-paid player in the NFL when he signed a massive five-year, $275 million extension with the Cincinnati Bengals before the team’s opener in Cleveland. How did Burrow perform after putting pen to paper? Not great, Bob.
Burrow went 14-for-31 (45.2 CMP%) with no touchdowns or interceptions in a bleak 24-3 loss to the Browns. He was pressured nine times and only threw for 82 yards and three first downs. Now, there are some caveats to this.
Burrow did not have a long training camp after suffering a calf injury, nor has he really had a complete, unhindered training camp since coming into the league. He’s been a bit of a slow starter the past two years, but this was his worst Week 1 performance since being drafted. As well, he’s historically struggled in Cleveland. Burrow, much like Allen, will probably be fine as there’s 16 more games to go and both teams have Super Bowl aspirations.
Though, an early downgrade is likely on the cards for him just like Allen.
Let us know who you’re favorites are for upgrades and downgrades in the first big Madden 24 roster update of the season.