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Cincinnati Bengals: Studs and Duds from 27-3 loss at Pittsburgh

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PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 30: James Conner #30 of the Pittsburgh Steelers rushes in the second half against Sam Hubbard #94 and Nick Vigil #59 of the Cincinnati Bengals on September 30, 2019 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 30: James Conner #30 of the Pittsburgh Steelers rushes in the second half against Sam Hubbard #94 and Nick Vigil #59 of the Cincinnati Bengals on September 30, 2019 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) /
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PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 30: Joe Mixon #28 of the Cincinnati Bengals carries the ball during the third quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on September 30, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 30: Joe Mixon #28 of the Cincinnati Bengals carries the ball during the third quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on September 30, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) /

While it was only two weeks ago when running back Joe Mixon scolded fans who booed the Cincinnati Bengals home opener, a game where he was a non-factor, Mixon himself has turned it around. In the 27-3 loss on Monday Night Football, the running back was a bright spot on an ugly night.

Mixon rushes for 62 yards on 15 carries. He didn’t find the end zone, but on an evening where no one else did, his efforts are notable. Mixon has now managed to put together two consecutive games where you can say he’s beginning to find a groove. Granted he’s not about to become the feature in an offense who was paralyzed in Week 4, but he offers a ray of hope on a team still looking for a first win.

Mixon is something of an unknown factor on this 0-4 Bengals team. If Cincinnati deployed an offensive line that was anything other than a dumpster fire, he could be enjoying a better season. That said, his abysmal performance in Week 1 and Week 2 may be behind him. On Monday night in Pittsburgh, his offensive production was and is the only positive to come out of the 27-3 loss to the Steelers.

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