Joe Mixon: We’re going to take everybody’s best shot, but they better be ready to take ours

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The Bengals may be the No. 3 seed in the AFC. But they are still the defending conference champions after advancing to Super Bowl LVI last year.

That seems to be the attitude the club is embracing entering the postseason — at least as it’s explained by running back Joe Mixon.

“As I said, I believe last week or two weeks ago — and I stand on this — we’re the big dawgs of the AFC and everybody knows that,” Mixon said Thursday, via Kelsey Conway of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “They’re gunning for us and we know we’re going to get everybody’s best shot. But at the end of the day, if we’re not turning the ball over and taking care of the little things, we can’t be beat.

“So, we’ve just go to go ahead and we’re going to take everybody’s best shot, but they better be ready to take ours.”

In a lot of ways, Mixon’s mindset seems to echo that of quarterback Joe Burrow, who said on Wednesday that it takes a certain level of arrogance to make big-time plays in the biggest moments.

“[I]t can be bulletin-board material for anybody. But the facts is the facts,” Mixon said. “When it comes down to it, we know when we take the field, can’t nobody touch us if we’re on our game. So, we’ve got to go out there, go ahead and take care of business. It ain’t no other way around it.”

The chalk path for the Bengals to defend their AFC title would be for the club to defeat the Ravens, then go on the road to Buffalo and Kansas City. But there is plenty of football to be played to determine that, starting with Sunday night’s contest against Baltimore.

25 responses to “Joe Mixon: We’re going to take everybody’s best shot, but they better be ready to take ours

  1. Everyone should enter pretty much every sporting contest with the same thoughts. I’m better and I have to show it.

  2. I like the Bengals and can say without bias that the Ravens are going to take a massive L. Like Bengals sitting the starters in the 4th quarter kind of L.

  3. Mixon is running his mouth too much….be careful you guys are good but you haven’t won anything yet.

  4. Everybody sayin Buffalo vs Kansas in Atlanta. I’m saying Bengals vs Chargers in the jungle.

  5. I have no doubt the Bengals will win this game if they play their game. The only thing I’m worried about is the dirty play of the Ravens and all those late hits like last week taking out one of our players for the rest of the playoffs. Playing hard and putting a hard hit is one thing but hitting after the whistle and taking cheap shots that just shows the disgusting way that they are coached. Just as bad as the Steelers

  6. These guys sure do talk a lot for being a bunch of perennial losers. Haven’t won a thing.

  7. Bills will blow out the Fins. Bengals will blowout the Ravens.

    Bills vs Cincy is going to be EPIC.

    It will take the Bills best game of the season to win it.

  8. I love that team’s attitude. Nothing but confidence, not arrogant or disrespectful. Makes them easy to be happy for when they succeed

  9. These Bengals always talking. You’d think they won 3 SBs by now. Burrow talked the whole summer and now his window is always open. Really? This is the NFL, that window can shut quicker than you can blink an eye. You are not in the AFC Championship game yet and you do not scare the Ravens. The Ravens and Steelers are still the class of the AFC North, know your place Cincy.

  10. Away from the Lamar hoopla, the fact that the game really meant nothing other than they would meet again this week, the “Dirty hits” accusations start flying. Did any Bengals fans even watch the game? I will not dispute hard play, but do the Bengals expect every team to not play hard? Explain to me how Eli Apple can go into the pile, grab Ravens Guard Ben Powers by the leg and lift, twist, and pull it, all while he was outside the tackle pile. There were others but its tit for tat…. The Bengals expected to just dominate the Ravens and that did not happen. Make no mistake, the Bengals are a good team. However, do not underestimate Baltimore no matter who is under center. I have a feeling this game might be a bit closer than what people are expecting and Cincinnati would be wise to respect that. The most dangerous team in football is the team with nothing to lose. After the last 6 weeks of the regular season, Baltimore feels they are that team…….. It should be a great game!!

  11. To think if not for an injured long snapper in the 1st 2 games…to think, if not for an injured kicker the Chiefs would be 16-1. Injuries happen, move on.

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