Joe Mixon: We weren’t ready, we came out flat

Cincinnati Bengals v New York Jets
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The Bengals became the first team to give up a first quarter touchdown to the Jets on Sunday and the 75-yard drive to a score proved to be an omen for the rest of the day.

The Jets would put up 511 yards and score 14 straight points in the fourth quarter to erase an 11-point deficit and beat the Bengals 34-31 at MetLife Stadium. Head coach Zac Taylor said after the game that he thought the team was outcoached and outplayed while running back Joe Mixon said the team was not prepared enough for the game.

“We have to be better,” Mixon said, via Kelsey Conway of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “We have to respond better. We just have to better flat out. To me the message with the team, we have to have better messaging. As leaders of the team we have to our team ready to go. Today we weren’t ready. We came out flat.”

The Bengals came off a big win over the Ravens in Week Seven and have a date with the Browns in Week Nine, so they may have been overlooking the challenge the Jets would provide on Sunday. Defensive end Sam Hubbard suggested that was the case when he called the loss “a wake up call” for a team that had been surging in recent weeks.

10 responses to “Joe Mixon: We weren’t ready, we came out flat

  1. This guy Mixon. He violently assaults a woman, on video, yet the NFL welcomes him to their league.

  2. Hey Mixon, you lost to the pathetic Jets. What’s that make you besides an assaulter on women? A major loser with a big mouth!

  3. Despite what many will say calling the Jets a joke, pathetic etc., the Jets were not at all pathetic today and they certainly were not a joke. Just ask the Bengals if they agree with that.

  4. I never understood the “we weren’t prepared” or “we came out flat” excuses. You’re a professional football player making millions and you can’t get motivated for only 17 days in a year?

  5. We have a problem when the Cincinnati Bengals don’t take their opponent seriously, you’re still the CINCINNATI BENGALS, you’ve been the laughing stock of the NFL for YEARS!

  6. More like you just got beat. Flat teams don’t score 31 points. Jets exploited their weaknesses against the pass, especially speed.

  7. SenorUgati says:
    October 31, 2021 at 7:09 pm
    Despite what many will say calling the Jets a joke, pathetic etc., the Jets were not at all pathetic today and they certainly were not a joke. Just ask the Bengals if they agree with that.

    Bengals fan here. The Jets played inspired and together all day. Saleh looked invested in his team and vice versa. The pressure upfront made the game difficult for Burrow and Mixon. The penalty call at the end was disappointing, but the Jets deserved to win far more than the Bengals did. Hats off to the Jets and their fans today!

  8. Everyone laughed at the Patriots beating up the Jets with Mac Jones dropping 54 on them. Must be a joke of a team. Maybe the Pats are pretty good? They just took out the Chargers today and the Jets handled the Bengals. Not sure what to make of my Ravens after the bad loss against the Bengals, but if we get healthy this AFC looks wide open.

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