NFL community reacts to Bengals’ QB Jake Browning’s savage on-field message to the Vikings

After taking the starter job completely from Joe Burrow following the QB1’s season-ending wrist injury, Jake Browning moonlighted as a hero with a 3-1 record as a starter with the Cincinnati Bengals. Nevertheless, among those wins, his Minnesota Vikings win came as a sweet dream for Browning, as the team let him waste a significant part of his NFL career sitting as a backup.

Hence, following the win, the former Vikings player’s joys were known no bounds, forcing him to provide some sly jab at the Vikings that the NFL fans see as an early celebration before bringing him under their scrutiny.

What was Jake Browning’s fiery Vikings message?

Jake Browning’s career kicked off with the Vikings in 2019, facing the challenges of being undrafted and released multiple times. However, he found his footing with the Bengals, becoming a pivotal part of their practice squad in 2021.

The Week 15 showdown against his former team, the Vikings, became a stage for Browning to showcase his growth and potential. The Bengals emerged victorious with a 27-24 win, sealed by Evan McPherson’s game-winning field goal in overtime.

Browning’s excitement and vindication were palpable as he passionately expressed, “They never should have cut me!” in front of the cameras.

The 27-year-old quarterback’s performance in the game mirrored his resilience, overcoming a slow start to deliver a stellar fourth quarter and overtime performance. Browning completed 29 of 42 passes for 324 yards, contributing two touchdowns and displaying his prowess in clutch situations. Notably, Browning boasts a perfect 2-0 record in overtime games this season, consistently delivering under pressure.

While the initial struggles may have marked Browning’s entry into the Bengals, the scene has dramatically shifted. The team’s faith in him, evident in the opportunities provided, has led to his significant contributions, particularly in crucial moments.

NFL community reacts to Jake Browning’s savage Vikings message

Although the night marked perfect revenge for Jake Browning, with his public expression of motivation, his demeanor didn’t resonate well with NFL fans. It took an unexpected turn as his actions were perceived by some as premature celebration after securing three consecutive victories.

While fan appreciation for passion and determination is widespread, the backup starter’s conduct managed to earn him a spot on the dislike list of some fans after the NFL summoned him for a drug test.

Amidst the barrage of criticism directed at Jake Browning, there emerged a faction of fans expressing empathy for the quarterback. These supporters acknowledged the turbulent mental and professional challenges Browning faced during his stint with the Vikings, where opportunities were scarce. 

What’s your opinion on Jake Browning’s take on the Vikings?

Shabiha Akter

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Shabiha, once a casual observer, has morphed into a die-hard NFL fan. She carefully dissects every play, trade, and strategy. Whether it's breaking down game highlights or predicting playoff outcomes, Shabiha is your go-to source for all things NFL.


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