Marvin Lewis: Joe Mixon should show maturity like everyone else

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell gets past Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carl Lawson during the first half of the Sunday Oct. 22 2017 game in Pittsburgh

Mixon wondered why he didn't get any carries in the second half and why the Bengals went away from the ground game in general, which led to a sharp response from Lewis on Monday.

Mixon finished Week 7 with 8.3 FanDuel points and 2.70 Rushing Net Expected Points, per numberFire live.

However, he was quite outspoken about not getting a touch in the final two quarters even though the Bengals trailed 20-14 at halftime.

"Yeah, that's frustrating", he said about the scarcity of his opportunities in the second half, in which they opened trailing by six. "It's an 11-man job to run the football for us".

In response to those remarks, Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis said that the rookie needed to "show a little maturity". We are in the room and feel like we are a part of the offense.

The Bengals' offensive numbers were uninspiring, a testament to the lights-out play of the Pittsburgh defenders. Andy Dalton threw 30 times, completing 17 for 140 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions.

Running the ball has been a problem all season for the Bengals, who entered the game 29th in the National Football League with an average of 84 yards a game and 31st with 3.2 yards a carry.

"I feel like I could do way more than (Bell) did", Mixon said.

"How many games we got?", Bell said, when asked in how many more games he could handle 35 rushes.

Mixon was unhappy that his number wasn't called in the second half. He noted that Mixon was in the game in the third quarter, but said, "whatever plays are called are called", adding, "we are not going to create a run when we are down by 12 or 15". "There's nothing else I can say", Mixon concluded.

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