Career game from Bengals' Brandon Allen shows why he could back up Joe Burrow in 2021

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When rookie quarterback Joe Burrow suffered a season-ending injury in November, the Cincinnati Bengals were about to find out if they had a quality backup option on the roster.

Sunday’s 37-31 win against the Houston Texans showed that Brandon Allen could be the answer in that role when Burrow returns in 2021. The veteran had the best game in his career and helped the Bengals go on their first winning streak in two seasons.

Bengals QB Brandon Allen finished 29-of-37 for 371 yards and two touchdowns in Cincinnati’s win over the Texans. Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports

Allen was 29-of-37 passing for 371 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. Allen showed why he regained the starting job after missing the team’s Week 15 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers with a knee injury.

But more importantly, Allen made the case to be No. 2 on the depth chart next season. With each passing week, Allen has looked more comfortable under center. The former Broncos quarterback was able to stretch the defense vertically, which is something the Bengals struggled to do even when Burrow was on the field.

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