Joe Burrow has started his NFL career 0-2; however, that hasn’t stopped folks around the country from taking note of his budding stardom in Cincinnati.

Burrow and the Bengals lost Thursday night to the Cleveland Browns 35-30, but Burrow was a bright spot. He finished 37-of-61 for 316 yards and 3 touchdowns. No, 61 passing attempts aren’t the norm and certainly aren’t ideal for any rookie signal caller, but those 61 attempts were second-most in NFL history for a rookie in a game. Chris Weinke still holds with record at 63.

Burrow is the first rookie since 1950 with 60-plus pass attempts and no interceptions in a game. His 37 completions are the most in a game by a rookie in NFL history, too.

The Bengals have a long way to go, but they certainly have the centerpiece in place to build around in Burrow. The former LSU quarterback finished 15-0 in 2019, and he’s started his NFL career 0-2. He summed it up pretty succinctly after the game.

“Losing isn’t very fun,” Burrow said. “This might be the only time in my sporting career that I have lost two games in a row. It doesn’t feel very good. I know that the guys in there are hurting. We are going to come back to work tomorrow and try to get this thing right. Losing is unacceptable to me, to everyone in there, to coach [Zac] Taylor and to everybody in this organization. We are just going to have to get it fixed.”

Not only do the Bengals have a quarterback, but they also have a leader in Burrow.

Through his first 2 games, Burrow has completed 61.9 percent of his passes for 509 yards, 3 touchdowns and 1 interception.