Cincinnati’s offense can take some of the pressure of the defense with a performance like Sunday’s 41-21 win over Baltimore when Burrow threw for a franchise-record 525 yards.
However, the Chiefs are better on defense than they were during a 3-4 start to the season when teams were managing 26.7 points per game against them. During the team’s current eight-game winning streak, Kansas City has held opponents to 12.9 points per game and caused 21 turnovers.
“They’re good in all three phases,” Taylor said. “And they’re on quite the streak right now. They’re playing at a high level. They do a great job on offense scoring points and lately, protecting the ball. On defense, they do an excellent job of limiting the opponents’ points and taking the ball away. So, pretty good recipe for success that they have.”
The turnovers are what stand out most to Burrow when watching the Chiefs’ defense, and the second-year quarterback has worked hard to cut down his interceptions during the latter part of the season. He’s gone three straight games without a pick and still is among a group of five quarterbacks with a league-high 14 interceptions. Mahomes has 13.
“I’m being smarter with the football,” Burrow said. “I’m not trying to be a hero on every play. We’ve kind of turned our luck in that situation. Some of the batted balls that turned into interceptions at the beginning of the year have gone the other way, and that’s how the season goes sometimes.”
Being smarter with the football hasn’t meant being less aggressive. Burrow leads the league with 13 touchdown passes of 30 yards or more, and he’s second with 13 passes for more than 40 yards.
Improving his arm strength was a focus for him this offseason, and Burrow said that’s made a big difference in being able to connect on more deep balls. He’s continued to improve in that area as the season has progressed. Burrow had three passes for 50 yards or more Sunday against the Ravens, including a 68-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Boyd.
“Our offensive line is playing a lot better,” Burrow said. “They’re giving me more time in the pocket. We drafted this guy named Ja’Marr Chase that is really good down the field. And Tee Higgins has become one of the premier 50-50 ball catchers in the league. Then you have TB that’s gotten a lot better at running after the catch and working the middle of the field. We’re pretty explosive right now. We’ve just got to maintain this momentum that we have.”
Burrow said the chance to do it against competition like Kansas City is something he looks forward to, but the opportunity to clinch is the main focus.
“I think whoever was lining up across from us this week, we’re going to be excited to play,” Burrow said. “This is a big opportunity, whether it’s the Chiefs or whoever they throw out there against us. We’ve got an opportunity to go out there and win and win our division and make the playoffs. We’re playing a really good team that’s been in the Super Bowl the last two years, so it’s a big opportunity in that sense. But it’s a bigger opportunity for ourselves as far as the division is concerned.”
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