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Bengals’ Joe Mixon runs over Panthers, sets team mark with 5 TDs

Bengals’ Joe Mixon runs over Panthers, sets team mark with 5 TDs

CINCINNATI — There’s no going back Cincinnati Bengals history has had a game like this Joe Mixon had a week

Mixon set the franchise record for most touchdowns in a single game in the team’s 42-21 loss. Carolina Panthers on Sunday. Mixon scored five times, including a record-setting 14-yard touchdown in the third quarter.

“To come in here today and have a complete game and pass protection when my number is called and then deliver for my teammates, [Joe] Burrow and the receivers, and being able to hit the right holes and do everything to have a complete game, bro, I don’t think you can ask for much better,” Mixon said after the game.

The mark was previously held by three players, Larry Kinnebrew (1984), Corey Dillon (1997) and Marvin Jones Jr. (2013), before Mixon had one of the best days of his career. Mixon had four rushing touchdowns, matching Dillon’s previous mark of 25 yards against Tennessee Titans. The running back also had one receiving touchdown, a 12-yard catch late in the first half.

Mixon had 211 total yards from scrimmage — 153 rushing, 58 receiving. He became the sixth player in the Super Bowl era with at least 200 yards and five touchdowns in a single game.

Before Sunday’s performance, the Bengals’ rushing attack was under severe scrutiny. Entering Sunday, Cincinnati was 30th in the NFL in rushing yards per game (81) and yards per rushing attempt (3.54). Many of those questions revolved around Mixon. According to NFL Next Gen, Mixon rushed for 52 yards less than projected.

That all changed Sunday against the Panthers (2-7). On the opening drive, Cincinnati drove down the field effortlessly and scored, capped by Mixon’s 2-yard run. That set the tone for the rest of the game.

“Great players want the ball,” Cincinnati coach Zac Taylor said. “He’s the captain. He’s done this really well. A lot of these guys know that sometimes their number isn’t called that much, and then there’s a play that’s going to hit them right in the face like this.”

Mixon rushed for 74 yards beyond expectations in Sunday’s contest and took advantage of good blocking in front of him. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Mixon had a career-high 104 yards before first contact.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.



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