The Cincinnati Bengals are set to host the Baltimore Ravens in arguably their most important game of the year. The Bengals are barely above the Ravens in the competition for the AFC North win. Both teams hold a 8-6 record going into Week 16.
The two AFC North teams last played each other back in Week 7 on October 24. Joe Burrow led his team to an overwhelming 41-17 win over Lamar Jackson and Baltimore. Over two months later, a lot has changed in the NFL. There have been multiple injuries, and COVID-19 has made a huge impact on the league as of recent.
During a media appearance Wednesday afternoon, Burrow was asked about his team in Week 16 compared to Week 7. He brought up COVID-19 cases and injuries that have plagued other leagues, accidentally giving the city of Cincinnati a backhanded compliment.
Joe Burrow meets with the media as the Bengals prepare to face the Baltimore Ravens. https://t.co/Xe4LZ9KZMr
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“We've been lucky as far as injuries and COVID. We're doing a great job with our COVID protocols. Fortunately, there's not a ton to do in Cincinnati so…nobody is going out to clubs and bars and getting COVID every weekend,” Burrow said.
He is right. Cincinnati isn't like Las Vegas, Los Angeles, or Miami. There aren't major clubs and bars scenes in Cincinnati compared to other major cities with NFL teams. Regardless of how it came off, there was no ill will from Burrow, who is extremely thankful for the “boring” city of Cincinnati.