Since Bob Huggins departed the Queen City for Morgantown greater than a decade in the past, Cincinnati and post-season have hardly ever been utilized in the identical sentence. But now the P-S phrase is en vogue round Southern Ohio as soon as once more — this time, in reference to the Bengals, not the Bearcats. Thanks to the legs (and sometimes the fingers) of working again Joe Mixon, Cincinnati is firmly within the AFC playoff image and Mixon is encouraging the staff to lean on him to safe a playoff berth.

Cincinnati Bengals' Joe Mixon (28) celebrates a touchdown run during the second half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Cincinnati Bengals’ Joe Mixon (28) celebrates a landing run through the second half of an NFL soccer sport in opposition to the Jacksonville Jaguars, Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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“I’m ready for it. I’m ready for whatever, for whatever they throw me,” Mixon mentioned through the team’s website.

Mixon, 25, was definitely up to the duty on Sunday. He carried the ball 30 occasions for 123 yards and two touchdowns in Cincinnati’s 32-13 street win over Las Vegas. His bullying working model proved to be an excessive amount of for the Raiders who bounced off Mixon like mosquitos on a bug zapper.

CINCINNATI, OHIO - DECEMBER 29:   Joe Mixon #28 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs with the ball during the game against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

CINCINNATI, OHIO – DECEMBER 29:   Joe Mixon #28 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs with the ball through the sport in opposition to the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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“A player like me, I always expect to do whatever I can to put the team in the best position,” mentioned Mixon. “My style of ball, I try to be the guy that sets the tone, and it was getting physical.”

Five of Cincy’s remaining seven video games are at dwelling, which seemingly means the Bengals will move much less and run extra due to the late-fall climate situations there.

“The weather turns, and to be real, man, with the history of me being in Cincinnati, usually November and December become them games where they lean on me,” Mixon advised Bengals.com. “And I’ve been really doing big things and finishing very strong.”

Regardless of the climate or the sport plan, Mixon figures to be featured prominently within the Bengals’ chase for his or her first post-season look since 2015.

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase (1) and tight end C.J. Uzomah (87) celebrate after running back Joe Mixon (28) scored a touchdown against the Las Vegas Raiders during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021, in Las Vegas.

Cincinnati Bengals vast receiver Ja’Marr Chase (1) and tight finish C.J. Uzomah (87) rejoice after working again Joe Mixon (28) scored a landing in opposition to the Las Vegas Raiders through the second half of an NFL soccer sport, Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021, in Las Vegas.
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“I know sometimes it might be more of the run. Sometimes, more of the pass,” added Mixon. “But I definitely look forward to playing November, December. Because, like I said, we have everything and every team that we need to get in the playoffs.”

Hopefully, Mixon and the remainder of the Cincinnati Bengals comply with the way in which the Cincinnati Bearcats, who made a post-season look in ten consecutive NCAA Tournaments underneath coach Bob Huggins.