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The Kansas City Chiefs have a pretty good quarterback in Patrick Mahomes. On Sunday, he’ll share the field with another top signal caller, Tom Brady. Sort of. Kansas City’s lining up against Cincinnati, not Tampa Bay, but Chiefs defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo envisions a challenge ahead that’s eerily similar to trying to defend Brady:
Keeping the clamps on Bengals second-year QB Joe Burrow.
“Really really impressive. This may sound crazy, but I see a young Tom Brady. This guy does everything,” Spagnuolo said of Burrow on Thursday.
Highest-graded QBs in the league:
🥇 Tom Brady- 91.5
🥈 Joe Burrow- 90.0 pic.twitter.com/F08J8ZwVUW
— PFF CIN Bengals (@PFF_Bengals) December 16, 2021
He’s not wrong. Brady’s first in the league in total passing yards with Burrow not far behind (sixth). Additionally, both are in the top eight in passing touchdowns. Brady has 37, Burrow has 30. Both quarterbacks have added two scores by way of the ground.
“He does not look like a second-year quarterback that missed a lot of his first year, totally impressed with him,” added Spagnuolo.
Burrow’s coming off a game in which he set a Cincinnati franchise-record with 525 passing yards In a 20-point win over Baltimore. Those eye-popping numbers, along with Burrow’s steady play, are the main points of emphasis for Kansas City’s defense. “Began the meeting on Tuesday, we were just finishing up on the last game, but began the meeting talking about Joe [Burrow] because he’s that good,” said Spagnuolo. “All the weapons we’ve talked about and all that, but you’ve got to have a quarterback that can get it done, and he really does. We’ve got to find out some ways to make him uncomfortable. Easier said than done.”
FanDuel Sportsbook’s under the impression that Spagnuolo and the Kansas City defense will be able to keep Burrow under wraps. They list the visiting Chiefs as 4.5 point favorites.
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