(Part-2) Cincinnati needs Jake Browning to capitalize on his unexpected turn at QB.

He has completed 79 throws for 953 yards, five touchdowns, two interceptions, and most importantly, three wins in the previous three games. He has maintained the Bengals in a close postseason chase with six other teams within one game.

Last week, Browning guided the Bengals to an overtime triumph over the Vikings, which may have been his best moment of the season. That Vikings team that cut Browning without a call.

You can't say that all week and lose, Browning said. “You just wait until you win, and then you stop looking stupid.

Browning is praised by teammates and Bengals supporters for his honesty. Burrow offered his apartment to Browning's family. His Cincinnati appearances are starting to get him noticed.

“I can blend in pretty well,” he claimed last week. “I'm not very noticeable. My delay on the field was likely due to that.”

His low-key approach has aided the Bengals on the field. Jake's steady, you know? After defeating the Vikings, Bengals coach Zac Taylor said he believes it. He doesn't get spooked by bad plays. He's not overreactive.” Taylor highlighted that Browning returned from an interception against Minnesota to orchestrate a critical touchdown drive the next time he touched the ball.

With head-to-head tiebreakers over Indianapolis and Buffalo, Cincinnati is in the sixth playoff berth and will face Kansas City. The Bengals play the Steelers and Chiefs on the road before finishing the season at home against the Browns who beat them in September.

Browning is in the final games of his $750,000, one-year Bengals deal. Another, bigger one may follow Burrow in Cincinnati or conduct the show in another city. The hometown job after football may have to wait.

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