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Bengals News (11/11): Joe Mixon gets back on track

In one of the few bright spots from Sunday, Joe Mixon had his first 100 yard rushing performance of the season.

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Mixon Grinds Run Game Revival
If the Bengals are looking for a foundation to build their way out of this, they need to look no closer than the man with the No. 28 chain draped around his neck glistening in the TV lights after Sunday’s heart-on-the-sleeve effort in the 49-13 loss to the Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium.

Ravens Returns Spoil Finley's Debut
Bengals rookie quarterback Ryan Finley emerged from his first NFL start probably the way you thought he would. He couldn’t keep pace with Lamar Action Jackson and the Ravens defense took advantage of his mistakes, but in the aftermath of Sunday’s 49-13 loss to the Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium his coach and teammates praised his poise and are looking for more.

Quick Hits: Lamar's Clinic; Mixon Hopes Revived Run Game Featured; Finley Toughs It Out; Dunlap's Moment
In his two previous games against the Bengals, he averaged 135 yards on the ground. So on Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium you couldn’t blame the Bengals for being surprised when Jackson came out chucking on the first three plays and four of the first five for a touchdown on his way to completing his first ten passes during Baltimore’s 49-13 victory.

Postgame quotes from Bengals players and head coach Zac Taylor after Week 10.
(Today was a) tough loss. (We) lost to a good football team that’s playing with a lot of confidence right now and they’ve obviously had a lot of success this year. They made a lot of plays. We challenged our guys at halftime (that) we’re going to have to win some 50/50 plays, and I thought Baltimore came out and did a great job. They won those 50/50 plays in all areas — offense and defense. When there was an opportunity to make a play, their guys stepped up and played with a lot of confidence, and did a great job making those plays, so hats off to them.

The Bengals fell to the Ravens 49-13 in Week 10.
While still possessing a perfect passer rating on his first possession of the second half that had built a 28-10 halftime lead, Jackson took off on one of his vintage option runs. With right end Carlos Dunlap trying to clamp down the inside and rookie middle linebacker Germaine Pratt blocked off his feet outside, Jackson scooted into the open field, where he spun out of the grasp of linebacker Nick Vigil with a triple axel to complete a 47-yard touchdown run.

Ryan Finley era gets off to rough start for Bengals
Finley had some good moments but also had two turnovers that were returned for points as the Bengals were walloped by the Baltimore Ravens 49-13. In his debut as Cincinnati's starting quarterback, Finley, a fourth-round pick out of North Carolina State, completed 16 of 30 passes for 167 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

NFL Week 10 grades: Ravens get 'A+' for rolling Bengals, Saints get 'D-' for blowout loss
Basically, the Bengals had no answers for Jackson, who ran circles around the Cincinnati defense. Actually, they weren't technically circles; they were spin moves, as you can see on the 47-yard touchdown below that Jackson had in the third quarter.

Boomer Esiason talks Bengals, Joe Burrow, top NFL Draft pick
CBS NFL analyst and former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Boomer Esiason discussed during halftime of the Bengals' game against the Baltimore Ravens the likelihood of LSU quarterback Joe Burrow - who starred at Athens High School and transferred from the Ohio State Buckeyes - being selected with the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft as well as the possibility that the selection might belong to the winless Bengals:

Can the Bengals find a play-maker of their own at quarterback?
On the same day Bengals’ fourth-round draft pick Ryan Finley made his first NFL start, Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, a first-round selection in the 2018 Draft, had the best individual performance in Paul Brown Stadium’s history in a 49-13 Ravens’ win that dropped the Bengals to 0-9.

Bengals-Ravens 5th Quarter: Game balls; coaching grade; 3 takeaways; key stats and more
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Welcome to the Bengals Fifth Quarter where I provide my analysis of Sunday's 49-13 Bengals loss to the Baltimore Ravens before a crowd announced at 45,918 in Paul Brown Stadium (here is a link to the story with game details filed as soon as the game concluded that also includes video/tweet highlights):

Winless Cincinnati Bengals lose 11th straight game
It tells you how bad things are when one of your most famed players ever – running back Ickey Woods of the “Ickey Shuffle” fame – goes on the pregame radio show and says some current players are only going through the motions to cash their paychecks as they wait for the end of the season.

Bengals passed on signing 2019 sack leader Shaq Barrett during offseason due to health concerns, per report
What throws salt into wound for Cincy is that they had the league's current sack leader within their grasps this offseason. As The Athletic's Dan Pompei highlights in great detail, the Bengals had an offer for then-free agent pass rusher Shaq Barrett on the table. Pompei notes that Barrett had a two-year, $14 million offer floated to him from the Bengals, but the team pulled the offer after having him in for a visit and an MRI.

Around the league

JuJu agrees with Ramsey: 'I'm not Antonio Brown'
"No disrespect to him, he's not Antonio Brown," Ramsey said before Sunday's game. "I matched up with Antonio there for two years, and that was a good battle, and I held my own in those battles, and yeah, now I'm going up against a different person, different body type, different receiver a little bit. He can make plays."

Robert Quinn earns $800K-plus bonus with 7th sack
Quinn recorded his sixth-and-a-half sack last Monday night against the New York Giants, needing just a half-sack versus Minnesota to reach seven sacks. He surpassed that number on Minnesota's third drive when, on a third-and-5 on Minnesota's 25-yard line, he took down Cousins for a nine-yard loss. Quinn finished with three combined tackles and the Cowboys' lone sack in their 28-24 loss to the Vikings.

What to watch for in Seahawks-49ers on 'MNF'
Of course, there are a couple of teams who still have a hat in that ring but the anticipation surrounding the Seattle Seahawks (7-2) and San Francisco 49ers (8-0) matchup on Monday Night Football feels like a heavyweight clash between two franchises that are far and away the best clubs in the NFC West.

Dak won't question play-calling after late drive stalls
Coming out of the two-minute warning, Dallas had a first-and-10 at Minnesota's 19-yard line, a touchdown and comeback victory in striking distance. The Cowboys dialed up a passing play for Dak Prescott, who was rampaging through Minnesota's secondary all night and eventually finished with 397 yards; the QB completed an eight-yard strike to top target Amari Cooper to set up a second-and-2 with 1:33 to go.