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Bengals News (11/5): Running game frustration boils over

Joe Mixon isn’t happy with how this season has gone running the ball.

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Cincinnati Bengals ‘frustrated’ over inability to run the football
“Everybody knows that I’m frustrated. Who wouldn’t be frustrated? I feel like I should be putting up way better numbers than what I’m putting up right now,” Mixon said Monday. “To go from first in the AFC in rushing and sh**, we’re probably last right now in the AFC. It’s embarrassing to me.”

Joe Mixon wants to do whatever it takes to get the Bengals offense rolling again.
Joe Mixon isn’t whining, complaining or trying tweet his way out of Dodge. The defending AFC rushing champion just wants to help. And he doesn’t care how. He’d like to catch more passes, no question about it. But what he’d really love to do is get the Bengals’ last-ranked run game slaloming downhill when they play the best running team in the game Sunday (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12) at Paul Brown Stadium against the Ravens.

Quick Hits: Joe Mixon is ready to shoulder more of the offensive load as the Bengals host the Ravens.
FINLEY-JACKSON III: Ryan Finley is already 1-1 against the starter in his first NFL start with a split against Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson. Before Jackson was an NFL MVP candidate, he won the Heisman Trophy at Louisville in 2016 with the help of a 54-13 victory over Finley and North Carolina State. Jackson scored a touchdown and threw for three more in the first half and ended up throwing for 355 yards while Finley had two touchdowns and two picks and 236 yards in the air.

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While they’re finding out if Finley can play, maybe they’ll do the same for his college teammate, rookie middle linebacker Germaine Pratt, and give him the bulk of the snaps the rest of the way. He’s got the physical tools and looks to me like he can be a solid starter, but, like any rookie, is up and down and needs the reps.

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If you thought the first two months or the season was rough on the Cincinnati Bengals, it doesn’t look to get easier in November. All three of their opponents won in Week 9, with the most impressive coming by AFC North rival, Baltimore Ravens. In Week 10, Cincinnati will host Baltimore as they break in a rookie quarterback, and face a potential MVP candidate in his counterpart.

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