The Cincinnati Bengals have dropped four of their last five games and are seeing their season slowly slip away.
Mixon didn't mention anything specific that the Bengals have done to playing not to lose, but it won't be hard for Cincinnati fans to point at coach Marvin Lewis as an embodiment of that strategy.
The only Cincy win in the last five games was a 37-34 victory over the sinking Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in which Lewis' team watched a big lead disappear. In Sunday's loss to the Baltimore Ravens and rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson, the Bengals took an eight-point lead with 5:45 remaining in the third quarter. They wouldn't score another point the rest of the way.
Under Lewis, the Bengals have lacked the ability to bury teams when given a chance. Mixon wasn't explicitly calling out his coach when saying the team needs to get a win, but with Lewis' history, it's hard to read that comment as anything other than a referendum on the second-longest tenured coach in the NFL.