Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls rocked the nation in the 1990s, while the Patriots dynasty in 1990 They did the same thing in the early 2000s, and the first three installments of the Marvel Cinematic Universe did it in the 2010s. So who is set to make the 2020s the decade? The Rock, Tik Tok, and medical-based stocks have made a strong case up to this point, but now there’s a team led by one man, and no one seems to want to admit it.
Joe Burroughs and the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Bengals won (and got covered) in Foxboro on Christmas Eve, and it’s simply the gift that keeps on giving. Including last season, Cincy has now been covered in 20 of 23 games, a streak as dynamic as anything we’ve seen. The irony of the Burro cover in The House That Tom Brady Built is not to be missed. Brady had one of the greatest 23-game hitting streaks of all time, leading the Patriots to a 22-1 mark that stretched from Week 2 of the 2003 season to Week 4 of the following regular season. From a personal perspective, that completely eclipses the Bengals’ current record (17-6), but even that New England team can’t reach the level of dominance this Cincinnati team has against the spread.
For orange and black beautiful wonders. And remarkably similar profiles for their quarterbacks. That’s not to say that Burrow is the next Brady or anything like that, but when it comes to a run of greatness, especially a run of greatness beyond expectations, what Joe Cool did with this Cincinnati team is indescribable.
In the year Since 2003, New England has won the division in 16 straight seasons with a healthy Brady, and finished no better than fourth in the three seasons before Brady took center stage. Burrow led the Bengals to the division title last season and put them in position to repeat as AFC North champions this year (the Bengals finished fourth in the three seasons prior to this start). For those keeping track, Brady’s 2004 Patriots won the Super Bowl. Interesting.
What Cincinnati is doing is not pretty or a pretty story. it is. of History. Almost 400 days of history and still not getting the attention it deserves.