CBS Sports Predicts Joe Burrow to Set an NFL Record in His Rookie Season
By Max Staley
Expectations for Joe Burrow's rookie campaign are high. And why wouldn't they be? He's coming off arguably the greatest season a college quarterback has ever had, breaking records left and right en route to a Heisman Trophy and a National Championship.
But the bar might've been raised even higher. CBS Sports is projecting a monster season from Burrow, one that would even break a rookie record.
John Breech, of CBS Sports, predicts that Burrow will lead the AFC North in touchdown passes, and he argued he'd need to throw at least 27 TDs to do so. Of course, 27 TDs is the rookie record that Baker Mayfield set back in 2018.
Notably, Burrow has a much better skill-position group than No. 1 overall picks typically do. He'll be throwing to A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd, Auden Tate, John Ross and rookie standout Tee Higgins. That's quite the arsenal.
The race won't be easy, though. Lamar Jackson threw 36 touchdowns last year, though that does seem due to regress, and Ben Roethlisberger has averaged 28.8 TDs per year across his last five healthy seasons. At this point Mayfield is a bit of an enigma, but he threw 27 TDs as a rookie and should be due for a bounce-back year.
Suffice it to say, if Burrow pulls this off he'll be on the fast track to superstardom.
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