Le'Veon Bell, Joe Mixon trade jabs, first-down moves

Shutdown Corner

You come at the king, you best not fumble.

The Cincinnati BengalsJoe Mixon complained last week that he wasn’t getting enough touches, and he threw Pittsburgh’s Le’Veon Bell, a rival AFC North running back, under the wheels to make his point.

“Me personally, I feel like I can do way more than [Bell] did,” Mixon said last week. “Like I said, I only had seven carries. I can’t showcase nothing if I don’t get the ball. There’s nothing else I can say.”

Fast-forward to Sunday, when Mixon and the Bengals were facing off against the Colts. Mixon didn’t have a particularly spectacular ground game, toting the rock only 11 times for 18 yards with one lost fumble. But Mixon did pull off an impressive, broken-field, 67-yard catch-and-gallop play that ended with Mixon doing a first-down point-and-drop move exactly like Bell’s.

And guess who was in the viewing audience: a very interested, and very tweet-happy, Le’Veon Bell:

Mixon didn’t get anywhere close to his desired 30 to 35 carries. But he did help the Bengals hold on for a win, and he kept the flame war going with Bell. After the game, he said he wasn’t imitating Bell, but rather Adrian Peterson:

When asked about Bell, Mixon played it tight. “It’s unfortunate he feels that way,” Mixon said. “I’m not worried about what he’s talking about.”

All in all, a good effort from the rookie, if not a transcendent one. Yet.

Joe Mixon rolled for the Bengals, but didn’t impress Le’Veon Bell. (Getty)
Joe Mixon rolled for the Bengals, but didn’t impress Le’Veon Bell. (Getty)

Jay Busbee is a writer for Yahoo Sports and the author of EARNHARDT NATION, on sale now at Amazon or wherever books are sold. Contact him at jay.busbee@yahoo.com or find him on Twitter or on Facebook.

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