Pregame Notebook: Bengals Riding Burrow's Historic Run; Newest Bengal Finally Gets Postseason Shot; Chris Paul Salutes No. 1

Joe Burrow (left) and C.J. Uzomah before Saturday's AFC Divisional.
Joe Burrow (left) and C.J. Uzomah before Saturday's AFC Divisional.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - No Bengals quarterback has been hotter. Ever. As Joe Burrow comes into Saturday's AFC Divisional at Nissan Stadium against the Titans trying to become one of the youngest quarterbacks to ever reach a conference final, he's riding five straight games of at least 100 passer rating with no interceptions.

That means 13 touchdowns and no interceptions. On nearly nine yards per throw.

"Have you ever been hotter?"

Burrow listened to the question politely this week and didn't mean to shrug it off.

"This is how I expect to play," Burrow said. "If I don't play this way, I feel like I'm not doing the job."

Another job like that and he'll lead the Bengals into next Sunday's first AFC title game in 33 years. He would become the 11th first or second-year quarterback to lead his team to the conference final in the 52 seasons of the merger.

And, the first Bengal to quarterback a road win in the playoffs.

"I'm not worried about that," Burrow said. "The past is the past."

INACTIVES: Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said it could happen and it did. Defensive tackle Zach Kerr, claimed from the Cardinals practice squad after spending Monday night on their sidelines in Los Angeles watching them lose the NFC Wild Card to the Rams, got the call. It was his first postseason game after playing 92 regular-season games in eight season. With starting tackle Larry Ogunjobi (foot) and Mike Daniels (groin) out and Josh Tupou (knee) back after missing the last two games, the Bengals are trying to beef it up against two-time NFL rushing champion Derrick Henry and stick with their season-long base defense of five down linemen.

Wide receiver and special teams maven Stanley Morgan, Jr., (hamstring) was inactive for the third straight game. Also out were tackle Fred Johnson, wide receiver Trenton Irwin, running back Trayveon Williams, cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III and edge Wyatt Ray.

SLANTS AND SCREENS: NBA star Chris Paul must be a fan. Before the game he tweeted a picture of Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase's No. 1 jersey …

If Chase matches his 116 yards from the Wild Card win, he'll have the same amount of career postseason receiving yards as A.J. Green, third on the all-time list …

The Bengals offense has not been the only hot crew coming out of halftime. While the offense has scored 56 points on the first possession of the second half (second in the league), the defense has allowed just 40 points in the third quarter, second fewest in the NFL …

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