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Rookie Joe Burrow 2020/21 Passing Yards & Touchdowns Odds

  • All it took was the worst record in the league last season to land the Cincinnati Bengals the first overall draft pick which they used to select LSU quarterback Joe Burrow.
  • Burrow, who started his college career at Ohio State University, eventually transferred to LSU and in 2019 under head coach Ed Orgeron had what is considered one of the best seasons ever by a quarterback.
  • Burrow’s senior stat line: completed 402-of-527 attempts for an NCAA leading 5,671 passing yards and 60 touchdowns (an NCAA record) while rushing for 368 yards and 5 more touchdowns.

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Cincinnati Bengals fans could not be more excited about the 2020 NFL season because quarterback Joe Burrow is coming to town to (hopefully) save the day.

Burrow is the young quarterbacking sensation and Heisman Trophy winner who took his LSU Tigers to a National Championship last season with a record-breaking performance that included 60 passing touchdowns, resulting in the highest passer rating in NCAA history, 202.0.

Despite posting the worst record in the league last season, the 2-14 Bengals had the ninth-best offensive line, which is good news for the scramble-ready, rocket-armed Burrow, and here we look at the predictions and odds of his 2020 passing yards and touchdowns.

Odds on Joe Burrow 2020

Joe Burrow Total Passing Yards

The latest odds are provided by DraftKings Sportsbook.

Passing Yards Odds DraftKings Sportsbook
Over 3850.5 -110
Under 3850.5 -110

When you realize that last season Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson just barely beat the over in this bet, you begin to understand just how difficult it could be for a young rookie like Burrow to do any better.

As a reminder, veteran quarterback Andy Dalton threw for 3,494 total yards last season playing with these same Bengals.

Joe Burrow Total Passing Touchdowns

Odds provided by DraftKings Sportsbook.

Total Passing Touchdowns Odds DraftKings Sportsbook
Over 21.5 -110
Under 21.5 -110

Cincinnati Bengals Super Bowl LV Odds

Super Bowl LV bet365 Sportsbook
CIN Bengals +12500

Odds taken May 6 from bet365 NJ Sportsbook.

Considering Burrow threw for an NCAA record 60 touchdown passes last season, posting just 22 TDs in seventeen games seems like it should be a snap.

Except for the fact that Dalton could only throw for 16 TDs with the same team, last season should tell you just how difficult beating the over here could be for the young rookie QB.

Burrow Will Have Worthy Receivers to Target

College football fans got to watch Burrow have a historic season in 2019 that included 60 passing touchdowns, so you can imagine that Bengals fans are anticipating much of the same type of action in Cincinnati.

And one thing that will help make that so is the Bengals current receiving corps, starring (arguably) one of the top targets in the league, a (hopefully) healthy A.J. Green, who will be playing in 2020 under the franchise tag.

Also returning to Cincinnati will be rising star receivers Tyler Boyd and Auden Tate, plus the Bengals used their second first-round pick in the draft (33rd overall) to snag Tee Higgins, a long-framed potential starter who scored a touchdown for Clemson on 20% of his catches.

Bengals Running Back Joe Mixon in the Backfield Helps Burrow

The Bengals’ rushing attack was ranked just 25th in the league during the 2019 regular season, but their starting running back, Joe Mixon, was actually ranked 9th at his position.

Bengals head coach Zac Taylor prefers to run a West Coast offense, which will primarily feature Burrow’s passing attack, but having a quick, soft-handed back like Mixon sharing his backfield will help keep defenses off balance since he is a threat to both run and catch the ball.

Last season Mixon rushed for 1,137 yards and 5 touchdowns while catching 35 balls (45 targets) for 287 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Burrow Was Raised in an Athletic Family

It is no wonder Burrow plays football with such natural athleticism and instinct, since sports and competition have been part of his family heritage going back nearly a century.

Joe’s father, Jim Burrow, played defensive back in the seventies, first for the University of Nebraska, then in the NFL for the 1976 season with the Green Bay Packers, and then went on to have a successful coaching career at the college level.

Joe’s two older brothers also played their football at Nebraska, his uncle played his at Ole Miss, and his grandmother set a Mississippi state high school basketball record back in the 1940s by scoring 82 points in one game.

Pick: Take the under for both bets – these Bengals won’t be any good for at least another season, and Burrow’s rookie numbers will suffer as a result.

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Mike Lukas is a retired standup comedian turned freelance writer now living in Dallas, Texas, originally from Cleveland, Ohio. His love for the game of football and all things Cleveland Browns turned Mike into a pro blogger years ago. Now Mike enjoys writing about all thirty-two NFL teams, hoping to help football gamblers gain a slight edge in their pursuit of the perfect wager. Email: [email protected]

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