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|Posted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 7:04 am Post subject: From being Michael Vick on Madden to the MNF stage
|Bengals running back Joe Mixon couldn’t wait to get the latest edition of the Madden NFL video game this year.
Mixon said he has been playing the game since he was practically in diapers, Nick Martin Youth jersey often playing as the Falcons so he could use Michael Vick to throw screen passes to Warrick Dunn. Vick was one of the players Mixon idolized as a child.
“He was a left-handed guy. When I first started playing football, I used to always want to be just like him, running the ball, throwing it left-handed,” Mixon said. “I'm a right-hand guy, but I would throw it left-handed because I used to try to be just like him.”
Mixon didn’t have to play the video game as someone else this year. Now he's part of the game too, Henrik Borgstrom Authentic Jersey and he admitted he played as himself for probably two straight months out of excitement.“It was a blessing seeing myself on Madden. I always dreamed of it, and as soon as the game came out I was one of the first persons to get it early,” Mixon said.
Mixon joked that he hoped the creators of Wilt Chamberlain Womens Jersey the game would update his player rating from the 79 he was initially given. Indeed, he has climbed to an 82 after what may have been his breakout game against the Browns last week.
Mixon ran for 114 yards and a touchdown against Cleveland, sealing the game with his late score. He also caught three passes for 51 yards. It was the first time a http://www.jaguarsofficialnflprostore.com/Nike-Paul-Posluszny-Jersey.html Bengals running back had cleared the 100-yard mark in almost a year, and the highest single-game rushing total since http://www.officialbillsnflauthentics.com/bills+cedric+thornton+jersey Jeremy Hill's 168 yards against the Browns on Oct. 23, 2016.
After months of trying to figure out how to split carries with Hill and mesh with an inconsistent offensive line, Mixon hopes it’s finally been figured out. With Hill now on injured reserve, Mixon has been getting 20 carries a game, with mixed results until last week.
“You catch a groove and once you get to feeling it, everything else will take care of itself,” Mixon said. “The line was blocking their ass off and the receivers doing the same thing. We all got committed to running downhill and that's what we did. At the end of the day, everything took care of itself. We all bought in and it was just amazing.”
Mixon admitted it was difficult at first to find that groove. The Bengals were forcing the ball to three different running backs despite averaging a league-worst 55 offensive plays a game.
It wasn’t working at all. Even with the 152 net rushing yards gained against the Browns, the Bengals' season average is still just 75.6 rushing yards per game, which ranks 31st in the league. The Bengals weren’t even reaching 100 rushing yards per game as a team for most of the season.