Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals squeaked out a much-needed win over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.
Coming into the 2022-23 NFL season, fresh off a Super Bowl bid, the Bengals were touted by many as the class of the AFC.
Unfortunately, heading into this weekend, Cincinnati was 2-3 and in desperate need of a victory. The stakes were so high, in fact, that Burrow wore a very special outfit to the game in order to amp his squad up.
And he wasn’t the only one that was thinking along those lines. Burrow’s mom also decided to do something similar:
Who Dey in New Orleans ! Geaux Bengals pic.twitter.com/OXuRFB4WzR
— Jimmy Burrow (@CoachBurrow) October 16, 2022
Reactions to Burrow’s mom’s memorable choice of attire poured in swiftly:
These two are a treasure. https://t.co/AiCMdXVvko
— TheeKB (@Thee_K_B) October 17, 2022
— SwayBae ; (@K_SwazyTTV) October 16, 2022
— heather (@hlhbee) October 16, 2022
Joe Borrow’s parents had special jerseys made for today. https://t.co/QXmeFrdMup
— Preston Guy (@PGuy_77) October 16, 2022
The strategy worked. All the jersey good vibes did their voodoo and helped the Bengals prevail over the Saints.
Usually it’s Burrow’s girlfriend, Olivia Holzmacher, who blows up with wild NFL gameday photos. It’s nice that his parents got a bit of shine this weekend, too.
Big picture, it will be interesting to see where the Bengals go from here. Earlier in the year it looked like the Baltimore Ravens may run away with the AFC North, but now it seems like all the division’s teams are similarly mediocre.
Cincinnati is approaching a stretch with games against the Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns, Carolina Panthers, Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans.
If they can go 4-1 or 5-0 during that span, they’ll head into their showdown versus the Kansas City Chiefs on Dec. 4 at 7-4 or 8-3. That could be enough to win them the division when it’s all said and done.
This video proves Tennessee football fans are built different. https://t.co/d3RRwrFdkE
— Game 7 (@game7__) October 17, 2022
Particularly given how inconsistent Lamar Jackson and the Ravens have been thus far in 2022.
Can the Bengals really overcome their off-the-field drama and slow start to the year to reclaim some of their momentum from last season?
Time will tell.