RB Joe Mixon - Cincinnati Bengals
|6-1, 228||Born: 7-24-1996||College: Oklahoma||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2017|
Week 21: bye week
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Joe Mixon's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 17 vs PIT (13 / 105 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
Mixon finished off the season in fine fashion. He didn't get the start, though he in-dicated after the game it was due simply to a response to the personnel package the Steelers opened with and nothing injury or discipline related. The Bengals weren't able to sustain enough drives to get Mixon to the magic number of 20 carries that has almost always led to a Bengals win. He still made the most of his opportunities, how-ever. Mixon rushed for 8.1 yards per carry, highlighted by a season-long 51-yard spring in the fourth quarter. He was able to squirt through a small crease, then weaved his way down the right side to get the Bengals into the red zone. The play demonstrated his elite burst and long speed that is so rare in a back his size. Unfortu-nately, he looked a bit winded after the long run and left the game for a couple plays. He didn't end up touching the ball again and the Bengals offense had to settle for a game-tying field goal.
2018 Week 16 vs CLE (17 / 68 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
Mixon was again the centerpiece of the offense. His workload (19 touches) is much more impressive when considering the Bengals only managed 46 offensive plays and played most of the game trailing by multiple scores. It was often an all-or-nothing proposition for Mixon, which made it hard to string together first downs. He had six carries for no gain or negative yards and was often hit in the backfield. The Browns were stacking the box and bringing blitzes more often than not. On the other hand, he also broke off long runs of 15, 16 and 20 yards, showing the quick feet, loose hips, and easy acceleration that has made him so dangerous down the stretch. He also looked smooth on an 11-yard catch and run on a swing pass. Mixon's talent shone through in flashes but the Bengals were too often dominated in the trenches for the running game to really shine.
2018 Week 15 vs OAK (27 / 129 / 2 rush, 4 / 2 / 1 / 0 rec)
Mixon got off to a bit of a slow start on the ground but the Bengals were persistent in sticking with the run. It paid off. Mixon had a fantastic effort to break loose for a career-long, 47-yard gain. He made a man miss in the hole, bounced outside and weaved his way down the sideline. After the long gain, Mixon later finished off the drive with a 1-yard touchdown. Marvin Lewis decided to go for it on fourth down and Mixon rewarded his faith in the run game, burrowing through a small hole and keeping his balance to barely push across the goal line. Mixon took a toss sweep to the right and was able to get to the edge for a 15-yard touchdown. Mixon didn't have much success as a pass catcher, gaining just one yard on four targets. He was targeted near the goal line but Driskel misfired badly on the short pass. Overall, it was another excellent effort for Mixon who was the clear focal point of the offense. The Bengals are now 6-1 this season when Mixon carries the ball 20 times or more.
2018 Week 14 vs LAC (26 / 111 / 1 rush, 6 / 5 / 27 / 0 rec)
After facing criticism in recent weeks for not getting Mixon enough touches, the Bengals coaching staff fully committed to a Mixon-centric game plan. He set career highs in carries (26) and touches (31). From the opening drive, it was all Mixon. He burst through the middle for an 18-yard gain on his first carry of the day. A couple plays later, he took a swing pass for an 11-yard gain. The Bengals again fell behind early, trailing 14-3 early. Unlike past weeks, they didn't abandon the run and kept feeding Mixon. The second drive again featured Mixon almost exclusively and he touched the ball 10 times on the Bengals first 12 plays. He showed elite patience and burst taking back-to-back carries for nine yards. Mixon also showed well as a receiver. Aside from a pass that was batted down at the line, he caught all of his targets and led the team in receptions. Mixon had a goal line carry on an early 2nd-and-goal and dove forward just shy of the goal line. The Bengals relied heavily on Mixon to the end. He touched the ball eight times on a late 79-yard touchdown drive. Mixon capped it off with a one-yard touchdown run up the middle.
2018 Week 13 vs DEN (12 / 82 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Mixon was fantastic and it was a travesty he didn't get more touches and playing time. Part of the issue was how many times penalties put the offense in impossible downs and distances. However, the Bengals coaching staff often put themselves in those spots by trying to pass on early downs when they should have just been riding Mixon. Mixon looked like he was on his way to a big game when he dominated the opening drive, catching a short pass and rushing four times for 40 yards. He ripped off back-to-back gains of 7 and 8 yards on the first two offensive plays. A few plays later, he burst through the line, made a man miss and weaved his way for a 23-yard gain. Mixon had one of the few highlights plays for the Bengals offense on a 9-yard catch and run to pick up a first down. He caught the ball short near the right sideline, made the first man miss and then powered through another tackle attempt to pick up the first down on a play where it looked like he had no chance. Even though the game was close nearly the whole way, Mixon played just 57% of the offensive snaps.
2018 Week 12 vs CLE (14 / 89 / 0 rush, 7 / 7 / 66 / 0 rec)
Despite the Bengals falling into a huge hole early, the team stuck with Mixon over Bernard, a testament to his ability to make an impact as a receiver. Despite the demoralizing game, Mixon was able to provide an emotional spark with his spirited play. Trailing 28-0, Mixon broke off an impressive 28-yard run where he made a man miss in the hole, hurdled an attempted ankle tackle and weaved his way deep into Browns territory to set up a touchdown. Mixon showed well as a receiver again, finishing second on the team in yards. His soft hands, quick feet, and powerful running style make him a mismatch in space. Mixon deserves an assist for Driskel's short rushing touchdown. Driskel ran a draw and Mixon came in strong behind him, pushing and then dragging him into the end zone.
2018 Week 11 vs BAL (12 / 14 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 38 / 0 rec)
Mixon never find any room to run. He was dropped for a 4-yard loss on his first carry. Mixon did plow on for a 1-yard touchdown and had some success as a pass catcher. He had a 21-yard catch and run to get inside the 5-yard line and setup a touchdown. The return of Giovani Bernard did eat into some of Mixon's work as a receiver though, as Mixon saw just three targets.
2018 Week 10 vs NO (11 / 61 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)
Mixon ran hard and set a tone early. He had gains of 7, 7, 14, and 11 yards on the opening touchdown drive. Mixon was able to use his speed to get to the edge for big gains on a pitch sweep play that the Bengals have used to good success of late. Mixon made a great catch n the left flat and accelerated past a defender for a 17-yard gain. The game script set up awfully for Mixon with the Saints scoring touchdowns on each of their five first-half possessions. With the Bengals trailing big, they were forced to abandon the run. Mixon dominated the running back snaps early. However with the Bengals in the hurry up, two-minute offense from the middle of the second quarter on, Mixon rotated fairly evenly with Giovani Bernard once the team fell behind big.
2018 Week 8 vs TB (21 / 123 / 2 rush, 4 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec)
Mixon played a career-high 85% of the snaps and was the clear centerpiece of the Bengals offense. He put together a monster first half, rushing for over 100 yards and a pair of touchdowns before the break. While he was certainly running well, he often had big holes to run through. Mixon broke off an 18-yard gain on the very first play of the game but was later dropped for a short loss on 4th-and-1 to end the drive. Mixon walked in for an easy 1-yard touchdown after a long completion to Tyler Boyd setup the Bengals just shy of the goal line. Mixon had three short receptions, all on the same second-quarter drive. The Bengals did a great job of getting Mixon to the outside where he could use his speed to get around the edge. He picked up 13 to get the Bengals into the red zone on a pitch to the sideline. After a couple long completions to Tyler Boyd, Mixon ran for a 12-yard touchdown off of right tackle, galloping through a big hole, splitting a pair of defenders to get into the end zone untouched. He finished off his monster first half with a big-time run on a gain of 43 yards. Mixon weaved through defenders and accelerated to top speed for the big gainer. Like the rest of the offense, Mixon did not do much in the second half. Three of his eight second-half runs went for negative yardage.
2018 Week 7 vs KC (13 / 50 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 1 / 0 rec)
The lackluster numbers don't tell the story of Mixon's performance. He made everything he could of the opportunities he had. Mixon was especially effective on 3rd-and-short, showing patience and incredible lateral agility to hop sideways when a hole finally opened and then lowering his pads to push pas the line to gain. The issue was there was simply nowhere for Mixon to go on too many runs. Mixon also failed to make an impact as a pass catcher. The Bengals rarely split him out wide and the Chiefs always had a man on him when he leaked out of the backfield. Despite the lack of production, Mixon still showed his impressive abilities as a receiver. He made a sweet one-hand grab on the opening drive and then made the first man miss but was still held to a gain of just two yards.
2018 Week 6 vs PIT (11 / 64 / 1 rush, 7 / 4 / 20 / 0 rec)
The Bengals didn't have enough possession to truly get Mixon going and only managed 13 rushing attempts total as a team. However, with somewhat limited touches, Mixon's physicality and explosiveness was on full display. He set the tone for the offense early with cutback runs of 13 and 17 yards, both time lowering his pads and delivering blows at the end of the run. He also made some nice plays as a pass catcher singled up against linebacker Vince Williams. He was able to get separation with quick cuts and showed off his excellent hands. Mixon's 4-yard touchdown went right up the middle and put the Bengals ahead late. He lowered his pads and powered through two defenders near the goal line.
2018 Week 5 vs MIA (22 / 93 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 22 / 1 rec)
Mixon showed no ill effects from the knee surgery that kept him out of the last two games. He looked quick and was able to make explosive cuts. Mixon also instantly returned to a massive workload, touching the ball 25 times against Miami despite sharing time with Mark Walton. Mixon was instrumental on the two most important drives of the day for the Bengals. He scored the only offensive touchdown of the game on an 18-yard catch. He lined up in the backfield and ran a route down the seam before breaking to the outside. Under heavy pressure, Dalton lofted it up in Mixon's direction. Mixon was able to come back to the ball and make a leaping catch and then run a couple yards into the end zone. He is one of the few bigger backs in the league who can make wide receiver-like plays like this out of the backfield. On the go-ahead field goal drive late in the fourth quarter, it was almost all Mixon. He had an 11-yard gain on a delayed draw up the middle. The next play, he took a handoff up the middle, found no room to run and bounced it outside with a sharp cut and then accelerated for a 31-yard gain. He showed the change of direction and speed that make him a special talent. He then made a man miss and on an eight yard gain just down to the 2-yard line. In addition to the crucial tangible contributions, Mixon's playmaking and attitude helped get the crowd into the game and build some mo-mentum when things were looking bleak.
2018 Week 2 vs BAL (21 / 84 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Mixon ran hard and had a couple highlight runs, including a 21-yard scamper that was one of the game's deciding plays. He started right and found nowhere to run, then reversed all the way back across the field to break loose for the big gain. It allowed the Bengals to milk the clock late and set up a field goal to put Cincinnati up by 8 in the games final minutes. Mixon had a goal line carry from the 1-yard line early, but was dropped for a three-yard loss when he tried to break it outside. Mixon left the game in the first half with a knee injury and was listed as questionable to return, spending much of the second quarter in the locker room. He returned and gutted through a knee injury that was obviously bothering him, as he came up gimpy after a couple runs. After the game, Mixon had surgery to remove a loose body in his knee. The procedure was deemed a success and Mixon is reported to be out for the next 2-4 weeks. The most likely return dates would be either Week 5 against the Dolphins or Week 6 against the Steelers.
2018 Week 1 vs IND (17 / 95 / 1 rush, 7 / 5 / 54 / 0 rec)
Mixon was fantastic, both as a runner and pass catcher against the Colts and looks to be well on his way to a breakout season. The Bengals clearly wanted to get him established early, with six of the first seven plays of the game either handoffs or passes to Mixon. He quickly made his presence with a decisive 7-yard run straight up the gut on the first play of the game. He opened the second drive with runs of 4 and 7 yards and then burst for a gain of 21 on a screen pass down the left sideline. He looks noticeably faster and more explosive after slimming down in the offseason. His speed was evident on his long run of the day as well. He outran a Colts linebacker to the edge on an outside run and flew down the sideline for a gain of 21. Mixon's touchdown came from a yard out. The Bengals lined up in a heavy formation with a defensive lineman in at fullback and Mixon leaped over the top to get in. Mixon dominated in terms of usage, with over 90% (22 of 24) of the running back touches on the day. On the game-winning fourth-quarter drive, Mixon was the key, touching the ball on 7-of-10 plays. His seven targets show the Bengals plan to use him heavily as a pass catcher, which makes him an elite fantasy option going forward.
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