The Bengals are looking to make it back to the Super Bowl for the second time in as many seasons, and they will have to win a road game against the Chiefs in order to do that.
It doesn’t seem that Cincinnati’s players are too worried about doing that.
Why? Because they know that Joe Burrow has dominated the Chiefs during his brief career.
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Burrow has logged a 3-0 record in his three career meetings with Kansas City. All of the wins have been exactly three points including the 2022 AFC Championship game, which the Bengals won on the road at Arrowhead Stadium.
But the Bengals have a new name for the home of the Chiefs, and cornerback Mike Hilton revealed it to the world at the end of the Bengals’ 27-10 win over the Bills in the divisional round.
“We’ll see y’all in Burrowhead,” he said.
Burrowhead 📍 pic.twitter.com/QQUL8ELEt9
— ZIM (@zimwhodey) January 24, 2023
Indeed, the Bengals are essentially claiming ownership over the Chiefs thanks to Burrow’s 3-0 record against them. That may be fair, but it’s also worth noting that only one of Burrow’s wins has come at Arrowhead Stadium.
The Bengals QB has yet to comment on the ‘Burrowhead’ nickname.
Burrow threw for 250 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in Cincinnati’s win over Kansas City at Arrowhead Stadium. Those numbers certainly aren’t bad, but they are a bit lower than Burrow’s averages. His completion percentage of 60.5 was particularly low considering that his 68.2 career completion percentage currently ranks as the best in NFL history among qualified leaders.
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So, the Bengals may be a bit premature in claiming Arrowhead Stadium as their own. Doing so after a win in this year’s AFC Championship Game would probably be fair.
But beforehand? That is rubbing the Chiefs the wrong way.
Travis Kelce brought Burrowhead up on a podcast with his brother, Jason, and the veteran tight end seemed to indicate that the Chiefs were taking that Bengals barbs personally.
“They’re throwing a lot of bulletin board material out there,” Kelce said.
Safety Justin Reid was asked about it at Wednesday’s media availability. He acknowledged its existence but didn’t want to get into a war of words with Bengals players.
“I think we all saw it and, y’know, those guys are having fun since they won the game,” Reid said. “We are gonna let our play on the field speak for us.”
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The Bengals will have to be ready to do the same. Because if they don’t, Burrowhead Stadium is quickly going to grow hostile and playing there will become a big disadvantage.