The Bengals’ offensive line looked improved, paving the way for a huge day on the ground for the Bengals’ offense. You can hardly brush it off as “it’s just the Browns” as the Browns actually had the No. 6 ranked rushing defense entering Sunday. The Bengals rushed for a collective 152 yards, 114 of which came from Joe Mixon, who had the best game of his young career.
Bengals fans were mostly happy about the team getting one game closer to .500, but many fans refused to be happy, saying (as I mentioned above), it’s “just the Browns.”
In our book, a win’s a win and we’re going to enjoy it. How about you? Here’s a roundup of reactions from social media following the Bengals’ 30-16 win over the Browns. Let’s start with the “news” of the Browns being eliminated from playoff contention.
The Cleveland Browns have officially been eliminated from playoff contention. pic.twitter.com/XIbtkrHCPq— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 26, 2017
Joe is the— Jeremy Hill (@JeremyHill33) November 26, 2017
It has been 777 days since the #Browns last won a road game.— Joe Reedy (@joereedy) November 26, 2017
During the 18-game road skid they have allowed 30 or more points 10 times (including last three games) and lost by an average margin of 14.3. 12 of the losses (including today) have been by 14 or more.
Joe Mixon was a difference maker for the Bengals today pic.twitter.com/3BvBW67wUb— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) November 26, 2017
Our run offense progressed as much as our run defense regressed— Braden Whited (@BradenWhited) November 26, 2017
The 5-6 Bengals remain alive for not only that elusive playoff win, but the franchise's first Super Bowl championship.— Mo Egger (@MoEgger1530) November 26, 2017
A lot of #Bengals stopping to look at the TVs in the tunnel on the walk to the locker room. Scoreboard watching has begun.— Joe Danneman (@FOX19Joe) November 26, 2017
And Cincinnati will now look towards a Monday Night Football game against Pittsburgh— Elise Jesse (@Elise_JesseWLWT) November 26, 2017
Joe Mixon runs for 114 yards and a late touchdown as Bengals put up their most points since the last time they faced Cleveland, a 30-16 victory that keeps the Browns winless.— Joe Kay (@apjoekay) November 26, 2017
#Browns Hue Jackson now ties John McKay (Bucs 1976-77) and Phil Handler (Chicago Cardinals 1943-45) for worst 27-game start with a team in NFL History at 1-26— Joe Reedy (@joereedy) November 26, 2017
If only the Browns knew how trades work.— Mo Egger (@MoEgger1530) November 26, 2017
One thought: Joe Mixon!— John Barker (@barkerja_) November 26, 2017
I still hate Paul Guenther’s play calling on 3rd and 10+— sap (@Nicksaps) November 26, 2017
It was the Browns, everybody calm down.— kurt bublick (@kbub58) November 26, 2017
The Browns are never dey.— Who Dey? (@WHOisDEY) November 26, 2017
Good win! O-line looked great! Mixon with a breakout game finally!— Dylan Carter (@DCarter0913) November 26, 2017
#Browns have lost now 15 straight division games and have allowed 30 or more points in seven of those games. Average margin of loss 14.8— Joe Reedy (@joereedy) November 26, 2017
Joe Mixon (114 rush yards) has his first career game with 100+ rush yards. Entering today, the most rush yards gained by a Bengals RB in a single game this season was 62 (Joe Mixon, Week 3 vs GB)— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) November 26, 2017
Good Play. lead with the helmet so def a penalty and def illegal, but better than the alternative, which is a big gain down the field https://t.co/Ku4V9dDfup— Andrew Hawkins (@Hawk) November 26, 2017
You can only play the team they put in front of you ♂️ “A Win is A Win”— FlipTEXAS210 (@fliptexas210) November 26, 2017
The Marvin Lewis era comes down to this Monday Night game against the Steelers.— Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) November 26, 2017
And I can't think of a more fitting game/opponent.