Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow recently discussed how the Bengals have avoided a COVID-19 outbreak. Burrow cited the lack of things to do in Cincinnati as the reason why.
“Fortunately, there’s not a ton to do in Cincinnati. Nobody is going out to clubs and bars and getting COVID every weekend. But we’ve been healthy.”Joe Burrow
These comments caught the eye of former Bengals great Chad Johnson, formerly known as Chad Ochocinco.
“Joe Burrow said there’s not much to do in Cincinnati, i beg to differ, there’s a Starbucks downtown, a McDonald’s in Covington & a O’ Charley’s in Tri-County which in fact has the best complimentary bread known to man…”Chad Johnson
Though this was a funny response by Johnson, the Bengals have been one of the luckier teams over the past few weeks dealing with COVID-19. With the new Omicron variant, Multiple teams have dealt with outbreaks. The Cleveland Browns, Washington Football Team, and the Los Angeles Rams all had their games postponed last week due to them all having COVID-19 outbreaks.
With the NFL season coming down to the final stretch, COVID-19 has hit the league at the worst possible time. The playoff picture is the most competitive it’s been in a long time and having players available to play is the most important thing for teams trying to make a playoff push.
The Bengals will look to take advantage of their healthy roster as they take on the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. Ravens star quarterback Lamar Jackson will probably not play this week as he’s dealing with an ankle injury. His backup, Tyler Huntley, is coming off an impressive performance against the Packers. He threw and ran for two touchdowns, something even Lamar Jackson hasn’t done.
This game between the Bengals and Ravens has enormous playoff implications. The winner will take the lead of the AFC North by one game with just two games to go.