Joe Burrow spoke to the media ahead of the Cincinnati Bengals vs Kansas City Chiefs AFC Championship. During his Friday afternoon news conference, Burrow explained what he needs to do to keep up with the rest of the dominant quarterbacks in the AFC.

During the media appearance, the Bengals franchise quarterback was asked about the “level of quarterback play” he must perform at to win the AFC this year and for years to come.

“Near perfect,” Burrow responded. “Every week of the playoffs has proven that…Patrick Mahomes has been near perfect for four years…That’s what it’s going to take for me. It’s not just a quarterback-driven game, it’s a team game. But, I think wins and losses usually come down to how each quarterback plays.”

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The young Bengals quarterback is right. Mahomes has been outstanding for the Chiefs since he was selected tenth overall in the 2017 NFL Draft. He led his team to two Super Bowl appearances the last two years, winning the first one. Burrow knows that to break that streak, he must have a another stellar performance against the Chiefs Sunday afternoon.

While he is the only one left to beat this season, Mahomes isn’t the only young AFC quarterback that Burrow has to outshine in the next few years. 25-year-old Josh Allen of the Buffalo Bills had an outstanding performance in the regular season and the playoffs, and rookie Mac Jones is bound to be a star for the New England Patriots.