Joe Mixon’s landing celebration in opposition to the Baltimore Ravens poked a little bit enjoyable on the NFL’s home-field benefit rule change.
The a number of playoff rule modifications applied within the wake of the cancellation of the Week 17 sport between the Buffalo Payments and Cincinnati Bengals meant that if the Ravens beat the Bengals in Week 18, they’d determine home-field benefit with a coin flip instantly following the sport.
So, when the Bengals’ star working again scored his first landing within the first quarter to offer the Bengals a 10-0 lead, the working again pretended to flip a coin in the long run zone to represent the brand new rule.
Happily for the Bengals, this rule by no means wanted to be applied after Cincinnati beat the Ravens, 27-16, to safe a house playoff match in opposition to the Ravens in the course of the wild-card spherical. However the Bengals will not face the identical Ravens crew subsequent week. Baltimore is “hopeful” that quarterback Lamar Jackson will return after he missed the previous 5 video games with a knee harm and can seemingly get working again J.Ok. Dobbins again after the crew sat him in Week 18.
Bengals weren’t pleased with the rule change earlier this week
The celebration wasn’t delicate, much like the Bengals’ responses to the coin flip rule when it was introduced.
Here is Mixon’s tweet concerning the rule on Thursday:
Head coach Zac Taylor additionally voiced his frustrations with the rule after the NFL introduced its determination. Taylor stated the change wasn’t truthful or equitable to the Bengals in comparison with the way it affected the remainder of the AFC.
“It looks as if there are positives for lots of groups and simply negatives for us,” Taylor stated, through The Enquirer. “So, we’ve the chance to play for a coin flip that may solely negatively affect us. We don’t have the chance to play for a coin flip that positively affect us. Once more, let’s simply observe the principles and we settle for that. We simply have to show our focus to preparing for Baltimore after which doing every thing we are able to to manage what we are able to management at that time.”
What’s even funnier is former Bengals receiver Chad Johnson asked for this touchdown celebration yesterday. Whether or not it was carried out severely or in jest, Johnson bought what he requested for very early within the sport.