There are a lot of storylines following the Bengals’ Week 1 victory, but these are the three biggest takeaways from an amazing win.
Watching the Bengals in the offseason and the preseason gives us some indication of what the team will look like, but it is nothing compared to the regular season. With a phenomenal comeback win in Week 1, the Bengals showed us a few things we may not have known heading into the season. We will learn new things every week, so here’s what yesterday’s game taught us.
Joe Mixon will be the focal point of the offense
After a disappointing rookie year, Mixon was expected to have a breakout year this year. Although some positive growth was likely to happen, becoming the centerpiece of the offense was definitely not a guarantee. Now, after one game, it looks like Mixon will be the engine of the Bengals’ offense.
His production was the main reason to believe he’ll take on the mantle of primary option. He rushed for an impressive 5.6 yards per carry and flashed as a receiver. In space, Mixon showed he’s virtually unstoppable. He picked up chunk gains on almost every rush, getting 4 yards or more on more than half his carries. Mixon almost singlehandedly got the Bengals’ go-ahead touchdown.
Not only was Mixon’s production encouraging, but his workload was as well. Giovani Bernard got only two touches, one of which was negated by penalty. Tra Carson took some snaps but saw no touches. In fact, the team used Carson as a blocker for some of Mixon’s runs. It’s clear that this is Mixon’s backfield and the Bengals will ride him to wins throughout the year.