It’s never a dull moment in the NFL, especially at the quarterback position where another star QB is seemingly hurt every week.
That’s where my 10 QB observations starts today:
1. Potential Burrow injury impact in AFC
Hold the phones, Bengals fans, because Joe Burrow left Thursday’s game with a sprained right wrist. You might want to get to know his backup Jake Browning.
The Bengals are 5-5 and already on the outside looking in with their playoff chances at 38 percent, according to Sportsline. If Burrow’s injury causes him to miss the next two games against the Steelers and Jaguars, their playoff chances drop to 25 percent.
Missed time would obviously crush the Bengals’ playoff chances. But injuries on Thursday to Joe Burrow and Mark Andrews (likely out for the year) have a ripple effect on the entire AFC, where Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs are winners.
Patrick Mahomes’ chances to win back-to-back Super Bowls are improving by the minute. First the season starts with Aaron Rodgers’ Achilles injury. Now Deshaun Watson is out for the year, seemingly taking out another contender. The Bills and Bengals are both 5-5, meaning there’s a chance both Joe Burrow and Josh Allen aren’t standing in his way. The next-best competition, the Ravens, just lost Lamar Jackson’s top target. The Chiefs and Mahomes have their own problems (more on that later), but injury luck plays a big role in championships and it favors Kansas City so far.
2. QB carousel spins again as Watson done for season
Wednesday morning’s news that Deshaun Watson was out for the season with a broken bone in his throwing shoulder sure threw everyone a curveball. It’s the third straight week a team’s starting QB suffered a season-ending injury (Kirk Cousins in Week 8 and Daniel Jones in Week 9). Rookie Dorian Thompson-Robinson will start in his place (here’s a reminder of who he is), marking Cleveland’s sixth starting QB change…
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Author : Douglas Clawson
Publish date : 2023-11-18 15:24:16
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