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Bengals’ Joe Mixon is ‘tired of playing not to lose’

The Cincinnati Bengals got off to a fast start to the season, but things have unraveled quickly as they have lost four of the last five games. This poor stretch has left running back Joe Mixon frustrated.

“I’m tired of playing not to lose, rather than playing to win,” Mixon said, via Elise Jesse of WLWT-TV in Cincinnati. “We just got to go out there, and we got to go win. We’ve just got to do it instead of just keep talking about it. Just go put it out there and go win.”

Mixon didn’t specifically call out coach Marvin Lewis, but it sure seems that might be what he was trying to hint at. Against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the end of October, the Bengals won, but they tried everything in their power to cough it up late. They got smoked by the New Orleans Saints after the bye week, and then against the Baltimore Ravens they actually took the lead in the third quarter, only to get shut down the rest of the game.

Under Lewis, the Bengals have often taken their foot off the pedal, which has cost them a lot of games. Maybe Mixon is onto something with the struggles the team has seen, especially this year. Even with these issues, the Bengals still have a real chance to make the playoffs, but it’s going to need to start with a victory on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.

Maybe Lewis will learn something and try to build up a lead and make sure there is no hope for the Browns to make a comeback.