Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow speaks Wednesday, September 6, 2023 at Paycor Stadium during the Week 1 press conference ahead of Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns.

Joe Burrow’s past couple of weeks have been a roller coaster.

On September 7, the quarterback agreed to an NFL-record $275 million extension to remain in Cincinnati through at least 2029.

On September 10, he played one of the worst games of his NFL career in Cincinnati’s 24-3 season-opening loss against the Cleveland Browns. Burrow went just 14-31 for 82 yards in the wet conditions.

Burrow has said there’s nothing to worry about and it was just a one-week fluke. What he did do, however, was get a new haircut to wipe the slate clean and move on from the loss.

Burrow knew it was time for a haircut “When you have a game like that on Sunday.”

While the haircut looks very similar to his old haircut, whatever it takes to put the loss behind him and move on to Week 2 is surely fine with Bengals fans.

Perhaps there’s just something about season openers that Burrow struggles with. Prior to this performance, his worst career outing was Cincinnati’s 2022 season-opening overtime loss to Pittsburgh where he threw a career-high four interceptions. The 2023 season opener featured a career-low in passing yards and quarterback rating and was just the fifth time in his career that Burrow failed to throw a single touchdown pass.

Social media had plenty to say about Burrow’s new look Wednesday.


[Paul Dehner]