Joe Mixon enjoys shoe being on other foot in Bengals-Ravens rivalry

Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon (28) -Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports
Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon (28) -Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports /

The Cincinnati Bengals control their own destiny after beating the Baltimore Ravens to move to 9-6 on the year. Joe Mixon joined the Bengals in 2017 when they took him in the third round of that year’s draft and the Oklahoma product has yet to experience a winning season in the NFL.

To say that Mixon is enjoying the life of a winner is an understatement. He’s been on some really bad teams, including the 2019 squad that won just two games. Everything happens for a reason though, as those two wins allowed the Bengals to take Joe Burrow No. 1 overall and well — The rest is history, albeit early history.

During Mixon’s time with Cincinnati, he’s experienced his fair share of getting curb-stomped by the Ravens. This year marked the first time the Bengals swept the Ravens for the first time since 2015, which is also the last time the organization has had a winning season.

The stripes took the Ravens to the woodshed this weekend, winning 41-21 and not being shy about piling on the points when the game was out of reach. When asked about continuing to score when the game was essentially over, Mixon didn’t hold back with his response.

Joe Mixon enjoys the roles being reversed in Bengals-Ravens rivalry

Who can blame Mixon? As he said in his presser, teams haven’t been shy about doing it to the Bengals in recent years. The Ravens in particular really didn’t care about how they looked when pouring it on against Cincinnati last year so why shouldn’t the Bengals give a giant middle finger right back to their division rival?

Mixon had himself a day against Baltimore, rushing for 65 yards and a touchdown and totaling another 70 yards and another touchdown through the air. He enjoyed himself in the win and knows the team still has work to do.

Mixon is up to 1,159 rushing yards, which is closing in on a career-high for the Bengals running back. He had 1,168 during his sophomore season in 2018 so unless he gets injured or the run game completely hits a brick wall in the final two games, Mixon should have a new career-high in rushing yards.

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Up next for Mixon and the Bengals is a date with the Chiefs at Paul Brown Stadium next week. Will Mixon have another big day?