The Cincinnati Bengals may have received an extra chip on their shoulder during their divisional round game against the Buffalo Bills, as some players have expressed animosity over the promotion from a potentially neutral AFC Championship Game.
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After Joe Burrow led the Bengals to a 27-10 victory over the Bills on Sunday, he spoke to CBS’ Tracy Wolfson after the game and was asked about the talk surrounding a neutral venue for the conference championship.
“Better send those refunds,” Burrow said.
Burrow finished the game 23 of 36 with 242 passing yards and two touchdown passes. He would get off to a hot start leading the Bengals to touchdowns on their first two drives of the game.
The first was a six-play, 79-yard drive that ended with a Burrow touchdown pass to Ja’Marr Chase. After forcing Buffalo to punt, Burrow engineered a 10-play, 72-yard drive that ended with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Hayden Hurst.
Cincinnati wouldn’t look back.
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Joe Mixon, who rushed for 105 yards and a touchdown, had been most candid about the NFL’s handling of the playoff situation in the wake of the league turning their January 2 regular season game against the Bills a “no contest.” called after Bill’s safety Damar Hamlin went into cardiac arrest and collapsed on the field. The game has been cancelled.
Ahead of Sunday’s playoff game, Mixon said the advance sale of AFC Championship Game tickets was “disrespectful”.
“I mean, to be honest, it’s disrespectful,” he said Wednesday when asked if the reports motivated the team. “But we’re not worried about that. Like I said, we have a game to play on Sunday, right? So you can’t count us.’
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“We’ve got a game to play on Sunday. Like I said, that other stuff – that doesn’t mean s–. We’re going to go there on Sunday and we’re going to do what the hell we have to do to come back with the ‘W ‘, and then we’ll see what they’re talking about.”