Joe Mixon: Bengals “might be the hottest thing smoking in the NFL” this year

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The offseason saw several AFC teams make big swings to import talent and improve their chances of advancing to the Super Bowl in Arizona next February.

Bengals running back Joe Mixon doesn’t want all of that activity to lead anyone to forget about the team that was able to secure the AFC title last year. The Bengals moved to improve their offensive line this offseason and made other tweaks to a roster that Mixon believes will benefit from having made it to the big game last year.

In an interview with Charlie Walter of KPIX, Mixon noted those things as part of the reason why he thinks the Bengals can remain on top in 2022.

“We was obviously there,” Mixon said. “We went there. We actually put on a hell of a showing. To be honest, I feel like we might be the hottest thing smoking in the NFL on Sundays. With the talent we got and who we added onto this year, I feel like we’re bound to have a hell of a season. The best thing about it is we’ve been there before and we know how to get there. We just gotta stick to the basics, one week at a time and that’s what’s gonna happen.”

No team has lost the Super Bowl and made it back to the game the next year since the Bills capped their run of four straight losses against the Cowboys in 1994, so the Bengals would have to buck history in order to make Mixon look prophetic about how things will play out this fall.

52 responses to “Joe Mixon: Bengals “might be the hottest thing smoking in the NFL” this year

  1. Mixon had a great season last year behind that line. This offense- with actual holes to run through in the running game, and Joe with two seconds to let routes develop- will be highly productive.

  2. Bengals should market logo T-Shirts “We’re not the Browns” “Bengals are orange not Brown”

  3. After appearing in and losing his first Super Bowl in 1984, Dan Marino thought his Dolphins were “the hottest thing smoking.” We all know how that story ended.

  4. The Bengals are a more complete team than the Bills. The Bengals have a better QB who is a proven winner, they are better at WR, TE, RB, LB, special teams. The Bills have a better secondary with White coming back from injury and that’s it. The Bengals should be favored to make it back to the SB.

  5. That team did sign 3 decent OL after making the Super Bowl with maybe the worst OL to appear in that game. Plus I’ve heard their QB is pretty good?

  6. Burrow_to_Chase says:
    June 28, 2022 at 11:09 am
    Mixon had a great season last year behind that line. This offense- with actual holes to run through in the running game, and Joe with two seconds to let routes develop- will be highly productive.
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    I suppose you think that all they needed was an o line to win it all. It’s like no other team in the AFC did anything to get better either.

  7. Having talent is key but it’s not everything. I think staying healthy has always been underrated in achieving success. The bengals did that and went on an amazing run. They have the talent to do that again, especially if The o line gels. But a previous commenter is correct, the rest of the afc did do a lot to improve on paper. Whomever gets out of the AFC is most likely going to win the Super Bowl.

  8. Cincy is going to be a really interesting case.

    On one hand, I felt they overachieved last year to make it as far as they did. They also play in a tough division (Baltimore looked like maybe the best team in the conference last year before succumbing to a wave of injuries; I think Pittsburgh might actually be better with a new QB; and Cleveland should be tough even without Watson), and obviously a number of good teams in the AFC improved a lot since February.

    On the other hand, they’re young, loose, confident, and hungry. They should get better just from improvement from some of their young players, and they spent a lot of resources upgrading their glaring weakness (o-line) this offseason. I think their chances are probably as good as anyone else’s if they stay healthy.

  9. and no team never won a super bowl in their own stadium till 2 years ago so another trend to be broke

  10. After appearing in and losing his first Super Bowl in 1984, Dan Marino thought his Dolphins were “the hottest thing smoking.” We all know how that story ended.
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    Marino broke every passing record in the book while Shula failed to field another competent defense.

    .. Burrow needs to get to a Super Bowl to be a part of this conversation.

  11. Christopher Allan says:
    June 28, 2022 at 12:00 pm
    Burrow_to_Chase says:
    June 28, 2022 at 11:09 am
    Mixon had a great season last year behind that line. This offense- with actual holes to run through in the running game, and Joe with two seconds to let routes develop- will be highly productive.
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    I suppose you think that all they needed was an o line to win it all. It’s like no other team in the AFC did anything to get better either.

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    Yes, I do think that, but that is not what I said ☝🏼. I said they’d be highly productive on offense- and they will be.

  12. jmanfro27 says:
    June 28, 2022 at 12:13 pm
    Patriots lost Super Bowl 52 made it back next year to win it.

    32Rate This

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    That’s also an outlier like every other legendary thing the dynasties accomplished.

    The AFC is loaded.

  13. religionisforidiots says:
    June 28, 2022 at 12:29 pm
    Buffalo will beat the breaks off of them.

    Unless there’s an overtime coin toss that goes to the other team, am I right? Bengals will be just fine, Bills mafia.

  14. I like the Bengals, but I wonder if they can catch that lightening in a bottle once again. Won’t be easy.

  15. The Least Interesting Man Alive says:
    June 28, 2022 at 12:34 pm
    After appearing in and losing his first Super Bowl in 1984, Dan Marino thought his Dolphins were “the hottest thing smoking.” We all know how that story ended.
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    Marino broke every passing record in the book while Shula failed to field another competent defense.

    .. Burrow needs to get to a Super Bowl to be a part of this conversation.
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    Have you been living under a rock?

  16. “We was obviously there”. Don’t these dudes know the word “were”?

  17. I love it. Football season is almost here, and guys are getting pumped. Joe Burrow has hardly scratched the surface, and his teammates realize that. The Bengals will be serious contenders as long as they have Burrow. Just keep adding pieces to the defense. The offense will be fine. I can’t think of another QB I’d choose over Burrow, and the NFL has a lot of good ones.

  18. Bungles doing a lot of talking a strutting we will see what this season holds. Last year if ravens are healthy even if browns have a healthy baker bungles don’t win the division

  19. No team has lost the Super Bowl and made it back to the game the next year since the Bills capped their run of four straight losses against the Cowboys in 1994, so …..

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    Wut? Pats just did it ONLY THREE YEARS AGO

  20. I see the Bengals taking a step back this year actually. I’m getting kind of a last team out of the playoff picture kind of feeling.

    They snuck up on some people last year. Things are harder when you are the hunted.

    Takes some time to adjust.

    Don’t jump on me too much Cincy fans, just a guy calling them as I see them. No way am I insulting your team, if you can stay on track you will be a force for a while, just not this year.
    Hope you guys have a great season.

  21. The Bengals are very talented. It seems they addressed the OLine problem in the offseason. But,besides the SBowl loser jynx, running the gauntlet in a loaded AFC from a tough division will be rough. The bye will be a big factor in getting to the big game. One less tough matchup.

  22. Smelling yourself in June usually doesn’t equate to success in January and February.

  23. Bengals extraordinarily lucky w/ injuries last yr, while Ravens were devastated by them. Bengals won’t be overlooked this yr, like they have been for, oh, the past 40 yrs. In the words of Marco from Trapoja, from “Taken”: “gooooood luck….”

  24. Joe Montana won his first super bowl the first year he was the starter. A lot of people thought it was a fluke. The 49ers had been a bad team for a long time. It was hard to accept their success as being legit. It was believed that perhaps they snuck up on teams. They ended up having one of the all time dynasties. I would love to see cheap Mike Brown up on the podium accepting trophies.

  25. Good team but I’m sure a healthy Ravens team with a QB playing for a mega deal may have something to say concerning the division. They won’t have a paper tiger in Tenn or a worn out KC team that foolishly looked past them this year. They won’t sneak up on anyone this season. Still a good team though.

  26. Bengal players exude confidence as they should. Some fans of other teams take it as being overconfident. Bengal players don’t see last year as luck; they see it as hard work pays off. Staying healthy is number one, there is luck to that. Ask the Ravens and Browns. When players do get injured, we find out how deep they are. If players continue to play when injured and are subpar players, they should sit down and not hurt your team when injured.

  27. Both Joes need to shut up and concentrate on the season. Seen this movie many, many times. It leads to big expectations and failure.

  28. alphamh says:
    June 28, 2022 at 2:43 pm
    Bungles doing a lot of talking a strutting we will see what this season holds. Last year if ravens are healthy even if browns have a healthy baker bungles don’t win the division.

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    I’m guessing this is English.
    Anyway,,,You’re either living in the past or you just don’t know what the word Bungles mean.
    Oh and I’m sorry you’re bitter due to the Bengals overnight success

  29. There still the Bungles to me. My Browns are a mess but it will be a cold day in hell before i support them.

  30. Bettors should beware. The Bengals face huge expectations and should be favorites in many games. Underdogs will cover many of them even if the Bengals win.

  31. If the Bengals think they can duplicate that lucky SB run, they’re kidding themselves. Marino never got back again. This stuff ain’t easy.

  32. Honestly I think they are a one and done team. I think they win their division and then lose in the first round of the playoffs.

  33. Bengals being a fluke is hilarious. They went on the road and wiped out all your favorite teams in the playoffs. Beat a white hot KC team TWICE in the last month. And overhyped? I have yet to see a single preseason ranking with them in the top 5 and most have them just outside the top 10. Their WRs were so young they could barely buy a beer last year. Everyones back. Most everyones under 25. Basically you can hate all you want and wish bad on them but youre gonna have to deal with them for a long time no matter what happens this year. They are loaded with good dudes too and have been quite humble considering 100 percent of people on the outside considered their year a fluke.

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