Bengals unfazed about facing Deshaun Watson twice this season

Bengals unfazed about facing Deshaun Watson twice this season

Published August 2, 2022
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On Monday, former federal judge Sue L. Robinson ruled that Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson will be suspended six games for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. The decision comes after a month of deliberation, and the NFL still reserves the right to appeal within three days.

Cincinnati will face the Browns in Week 8 and Week 14, so unless the NFL appeals for Watson’s suspension to be extended to at least eight games, Joe Burrow and Deshaun Watson will square off twice this year.

Burrow, on the other hand, is only trending upward after recording an incredible comeback year in 2021 that saw him lead the Bengals to the Super Bowl. Last season, Burrow threw for 4,611 yards and 34 touchdowns with a 70.4 pass completion rate, numbers eerily similar to those of Watson in 2020.

Yet Burrow has quite a few other advantages over the controversial Browns QB. For one, he has already generated scintillating chemistry with his wide receiver corps, and he also gets a boost from a retooled offensive line in 2022.