FBG says: Neutral matchup. For as bad as the Bengals have been this season, they have remained consistent in giving volume to Joe Mixon. On the year, Mixon has seen an average of 15 carries per game, and over his last five games has seen an average of 20 carries per game. With the increased volume, Mixon has been slightly more productive and part of that has been changes on the offensive line as Billy Price replaced Michael Jordan, and Cordy Glenn returned. Unfortunately for the Bengals, Price suffered a back injury last week which will keep him out which will once again put rookie Michael Jordan at left guard who has been one of the worst offensive guards in football this season.
Over the last four games, the Browns have significantly improved their rush defense as they have not allowed a running back to rush for over 63 yards and are allowing just 62 yards per game with 3.6 yards-per-carry. This is a defense that before these last four games had allowed 113 yards per game and 4.9 yards-per-carry. So is this defense improving? The short answer is yes, but they have also faced a favorable recent schedule in Pittsburgh twice, Buffalo, and Miami. Even still, just to stop anyone after their early-season struggles is a step in the right direction as Sione Takitaki has been playing more as the Browns have started to move away from a nickel defense and more towards a traditional 4-3. While the Bills game was the one impressive performance, it remains to be seen how the Browns will perform moving forward and we likely won't know after this week either as they are facing the Bengals who have the fourth-fewest rushing yards per game this year.