Mixon carried the ball 15 times for 51 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 20-16 win over Buffalo.
Mixon put Cincinnati back on top early in the fourth quarter when he bounced his run outside and got around the edge for a five-yard score. The controversial second-round pick has drawn his fair share of criticism early in the season for underwhelming in a featured role, averaging just 2.8 yards per rush thus far. Still, it is clear that the Bengals are ready to eschew their former two-headed monster of Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill for the more complete Mixon. The rookie has averaged 19 touches per game over the past three weeks. Hill and Bernard have been limited to, respectively, 19 and 15 touches total during that same span.
Mixon carried 17 times for 29 yards and caught all four of his targets for another 19 yards in Sunday's 31-7 win over the Browns.
Mixon received north of 20 touches for the second straight week, but he was only able to muster 1.7 yards per carry against an improved Browns front. This was quite disappointing from a fantasy perspective, as the makings were there for a genuine breakout after being pushed into a featured role a week ago. Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard combined for just 28 yards on nine carries, so it appears Mixon will continue to dominate the touches next week against the Bills. If Mixon doesn't begin to perform, however, the team could reconsider the backfield alignment in the short term.
Mixon rushed 18 times for 62 yards and secured all three of his targets for 39 yards during Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Packers.
It would appear newly-installed offensive coordinator Bill Lazor isn't as keen on deploying a backfield committee as the departed Ken Zampese was, considering Mixon received 18 carries Sunday compared to seven for Jeremy Hill and three for Gio Bernard. While Mixon wasn't particularly effective with his touches, the rookie appeared patient yet decisive when called upon and should have much more productive days in store as the season unfolds.
The Bengals' early-season offensive struggles prompted the firing of offensive coordinator Ken Zampese following their Week 2 loss to the Texans, with Bill Lazor assuming those duties in Zampese's stead. One of Lazor's main initiatives as the Bengals' new coordinator will likely be carving out more work for Mixon, who has logged 17 carries to Giovani Bernard's 12 and Jeremy Hill's 12 through the team's first two games. Mixon is only averaging 2.6 yards per carry, but he offers more burst and pass-catching ability than Hill and more strength between the tackles than Bernard, making him the team's most complete back. While Mixon's well-rounded skill set probably won't earn him a three-down role until he yields better results, it appears that the team will at least make a more concerted effort to get the ball in the rookie's hands more frequently at the expense of the veteran holdovers.
Mixon rushed nine times for 36 yards and hauled in one reception for five yards in Thursday's 13-9 loss to the Texans.
The rookie tellingly out-touched Jeremy Hill by three carries, the second time in as many 2017 contests in which he's done so. Mixon found running room easier to come by than in the opener against the Ravens, boosting his per carry average to 4.0 after managing just 1.1 yards per tote in Week 1. With veterans Jeremy Hill and Gio Bernard combining for just 27 yards on 11 rushes, there's little reason to believe that Mixon won't continue to serve as the lead back, even by just a modest degree, for the immediate future. He'll look to build on his Week 2 effort versus the Packers in a Week 3 road tilt.
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