CINCINNATI — Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon scored a franchise-record five touchdowns in a 42-21 win over the Carolina Panthers Sunday afternoon at Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati.
Mixon rushed for four scores and caught another. The Bengals ran for five touchdowns for the time since 1988.
In addition, Mixon ran for 153 of the team’s 241 rushing yards. Joe Burrow went 22 of 28 for 206 yards, passing for one touchdown and running for another.
Cincinnati got on the scoreboard first when Mixon capped a 90-yard, nine play drive to start the game with a two-yard touchdown run to put them ahead, 7-0, after one quarter.
Burrow scored from a yard out in the opening moments of the second quarter to cap a 10 play, 71-yard drive to increase the lead to 14-0. Mixon added his second touchdown of day from three-yards away to extend it to 21-0 with 7:29 left in the first half.
Germaine Pratt intercepted P.J. Walker’s pass and the Bengals took over at the Panther 42-yard line. Cincinnati took advantage of a short field driving to the one-yard line where Mixon scored his third touchdown of the half to expand it to 28-0.
Right before halftime, Jeremy Bates picked off Walker and the Bengals had it with 1:24 left in the half. Burrow found Mixon for a 12-yard touchdown pass and Cincinnati led, 35-0, at halftime.
Mixon’s 14-yard touchdown run in the third quarter capped the scoring for the Bengals.
Former Browns quarter back Baker Mayfield threw second-half touchdown passes for Carolina.
Cincinnati enters the bye week with a 5-4 record.
The Bengals next game will be November 20 on the road against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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