Turns out they did.
And NFL.com’s Nick Shook, using Next Gen Stats, says the Burrow-Chase combo is the best QB-WR tandem in the league already
“The intensely debated decision between drafting a top tackle to protect Joe Burrow and selecting the quarterback’s old running mate at LSU feels like it happened years ago. Burrow and Chase have formed an incredibly explosive duo in their first seven games together in the NFL, racking up 754 yards and six touchdowns on 35 completions. For you math wizards at home, that’s an average of 21.5 yards per reception, an incredible clip that has Chase atop all pass catchers in the metric. It’s built on the big play, of course, with Burrow and Chase teaming up to record more yards (354), yards after catch (91) and touchdowns (4) on deep passes (20-plus air yards) than any other duo in the NFL this season.”
At some point, Chase will cool off as defenses get more creative with him. But either way, that’s the sort of company the Bengals had hoped the QB-WR duo would be in at some point — Burrow and Chase have just done it right away.