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Cincinnati Bengals: 3 bold predictions for Week 7 versus Jacksonville

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CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 6: Cincinnati Bengals fans cheer on their team during the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Paul Brown Stadium on October 6, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Arizona defeated Cincinnati 26-23. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 6: Cincinnati Bengals fans cheer on their team during the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Paul Brown Stadium on October 6, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Arizona defeated Cincinnati 26-23. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images) /
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CINCINNATI, OHIO – OCTOBER 06: Joe Mixon #28 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs with the ball during the NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals at Paul Brown Stadium on October 06, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Bryan Woolston/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OHIO – OCTOBER 06: Joe Mixon #28 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs with the ball during the NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals at Paul Brown Stadium on October 06, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Bryan Woolston/Getty Images) /

Fans who wondered what happened to RB Joe Mixon in Week 6 will see him again against the Jaguars. Mixon, who turned in an absolutely depressing performance against Baltimore, rushed for only 10 yards on eight carries. Sunday he gets another shot.

Credit, if you want to call it that, goes to first-year head coach Zac Taylor. Taylor hasn’t done a particularly good job with Mixon, or the offense as a whole. While quarterback Andy Dalton has seen consistent numbers week to week, the Bengals on offense have been remarkably average and predictable.

Has Taylor misused Mixon? Yes. If for no other reason than beginning in Week 3 at Buffalo, Mixon was adding to his rushing yards. Against Baltimore in Week 6, Taylor seemed to abandon the run. Of note is that against the Ravens, Cincinnati was never really out of it, being at one point only down 10 points.

Mixon should have a better game plan designed for him this week. Unless Jacksonville gets out fast by multiple scores. He should see a lot of touches. The Bengals have become very predictable, especially with what Taylor has Dalton doing. Getting Mixon going early and often would keep the Jags off the field on offense, and help eat up the clock.

Mixon is due for a breakout game. Week 7 is when it finally happens.

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