‘So we don’t follow the rules anymore’: Bengals Joe Mixon hits out at NFL for not following its own rules after canceling his team’s game against the Bills and the neutral site and coin flip were option amid playoff chaos
Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon seems unhappy with potential NFL playoff plans.
Buffalo safety Damar Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest and had to be resuscitated on the field in Cincinnati on Monday night, eventually canceling the Bengals-Bills game.
The 24-year-old is now breathing and talking on his own accord, but the cancellation of the Monday Night Football matchup has caused chaos and uncertainty for the upcoming AFC playoffs.
NFL owners will meet Friday to discuss possibilities moving forward, but the league has already suggested options such as a neutral-site AFC Championship Game if either franchise makes it that far.
Joe Mixon was critical of the AFC playoff scenarios released by the league earlier this week
A coin-flip to determine home field advantage was also raised by the league. Not everyone is happy though, including Mixon.
He tweeted a photo of the NFL policy manual Thursday night, with the caption ‘So we don’t follow the rules anymore,’ followed by a frog and tea emoji – often referencing a popular meme of Kermit the Frog accompanied by a quote. ‘But that doesn’t suit me.’
Mixon shared a specific part of the rulebook related to the ‘competitive policy for canceled games.’ This states that in the event of a game ending that way, the final winning percentage determines the playoff seeding.
The running back hit out at the NFL for not following its own policy regarding canceled games
Mixon shared a screengrab of the NFL’s ‘competitive policy for canceled games’ on Thursday
The Bills-Bengals showdown at MNF was canceled after a life-threatening incident in the first quarter
Under those decisions, the Bengals would clinch the AFC North regardless of the result against Baltimore Sunday.
However, the league – under its new proposal – would likely revert to a coin flip to determine whether Baltimore or Cincinnati would make the playoffs, should the Ravens win.
If approved by NFL owners, Cincinnati — or Buffalo — would play the Kansas City Chiefs at a neutral site in the AFC Championship Game.
Cincinnati defeated the Kansas City Chiefs earlier this season, as well as in the 2021 AFCCG