Joe Burrow Projected to Break Andy Dalton's Bengals Rookie Passing Record

Max Staley
Joe Burrow is poised to shatter some Bengals' franchise record.
Joe Burrow is poised to shatter some Bengals' franchise record. / Michael Hickey/Getty Images

The Cincinnati Bengals made Joe Burrow the first overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, and they couldn't have handed the keys to the franchise to a more accomplished player. Burrow is coming off the greatest statistical season in NCAA history, and that netted him a Heisman Trophy and National Championship.

And if his latest projections, from FanDuel Sportsbook, are any indication, Burrow looks poised to add to his already-impressive resume.

Andy Dalton currently holds the Cincinnati Bengals' rookie records for both passing yards (3,398) and touchdowns (20). Burrow, meanwhile, has an over/under set at 3,800 for passing yards and 22.5 for passing touchdowns.

Essentially, if Burrow comes anywhere near that projected yardage total, he'll shatter the Bengals' all-time rookie record. The touchdowns are a bit closer, but he's still being projected to surpass Dalton's TD record as well.

Notably, Burrow's projections also have him poised to rack up the fourth-most passing yards for a rookie in NFL history. Were he to reach 3,800 passing yards, he'd slot in right above Carson Wentz, trailing only Andrew Luck (4,374), Cam Newton (4,051) and Jameis Winston (4,042).

Totaling 23 passing touchdowns would tie him for the fifth-most ever, alongside Luck and Dak Prescott.

If Burrow even approaches his projections, he'd be rewriting Cincinnati's record book, and he'd likely find himself at the front of the Offensive Rookie of the year race as well.

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