Joe Mixon says the cigars are on him if the Bengals advance

Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images) /

Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon is promising all his teammates something special if the Bengals beat the Raiders on Saturday.

After the Bengals’ win against the Kansas City Chiefs, Mixon apparently bought cigars in anticipation of defeating the Chiefs. Not just one or two, but for the whole team.

The Bengals locker room partied like it was pre-COVID times, having clinched the AFC North and a playoff berth, and we got to see an exclusive video of Joey Franchise smokin’ a fat one.

Ahead of Saturday’s Wild Card playoff game against the Las Vegas Raiders, Mixon said he would buy the team another batch of cigars if they win.

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Cincy is hunting for its first playoff win in 31 years, and despite many Bengals starters getting an extra week of rest, they know the job’s not done until the clock runs out.

Mixon will be looking to exploit the Raiders’ porous run defense (Las Vegas ranks 19th in the league) while wideout starlets Ja’Marr Chase, Tyler Boyd, and Tee Higgins sink their teeth in the secondary.

The league’s eyes will be upon Joe Burrow, who has enjoyed an ultra-productive second-year campaign but still has plenty to prove in his first playoff game.

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Not to be the Debbie Downer here, but we hope those cigars aren’t hurting players’ lungs too much. The playoffs are a marathon, not a sprint, and the Bengals will need every advantage they can get.