Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon conceived the concept Thursday throughout exercise. A “business trip” to Las Vegas was looming, and he needed to celebrate the event. Even if he couldn’t take pleasure in the exercise on Las Vegas Boulevard.
When they scored a touchdown, he stated, “we’ve got to do one thing the place we’re gambling. I was like ‘You know what? Shake them dice,’” he stated with a smile. “I finished up saying whoever scored is likely to shake the dice.”
Fitting that he would hit the jackpot.
The 25-yr-previous honored his vow by capturing imaginary craps after scoring the 1st of his two touchdowns Sunday all through a 32-13 victory over the Raiders. The imaginary winnings totaled “$50 million,” Mixon reported. And he totaled 123 dashing yards and the two scores — eclipsing the century mark for the initial time due to the fact Week 1.
“We ended up just seeking to do what ever we (could) to stay with the operates,” Mixon mentioned. “Runs feeding off the move. Pass feeding off the runs. Stayed bodily. Attempted to dress in them down.”
Cincinnati’s offense is ordinarily predicated on the engage in of quarterback Joe Burrow and receivers Ja’Marr Chase, Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins, who push the NFL’s No. 9 scoring attack. But Burrow said he understood the Bengals have to be individual Sunday in opposition to a defense developed all over zone protection ideas and built to limit explosive plays.
That created Mixon particularly significant. He carried 30 times to help Cincinnati have the football for 37:20. He was restricted to 11 carries and 26 yards in the initial half. But Bengals mentor Zac Taylor by no means wavered and stayed correct to the sport strategy he personalized for the Raiders.
Burrow managed the motion, finishing 20 of 29 passes for 148 yards and a touchdown to Chase.
“Every game is going to be performed a specific design of way,” Taylor stated. “We knew that this was a video game where we’d have to run the soccer. (Burrow) just wants to acquire. He doesn’t care what it seems like. … You’ve genuinely acquired to engage in with a lead and our defense gave us that. Preserve pounding the run activity. That is a excellent recipe for accomplishment.”
Boyd stated that Mixon tends to get much better towards the conclusion of game titles….