Ja’Marr Chase is a huge help to the Bengals run game
Years of frustration, anger, and sadness were absolutely unloaded onto the Steelers this past Sunday. Ja’Marr Chase and the Cincinnati Bengals give a new meaning to the word “dominate” as they boat race the Steelers 41-10. For all Bengals fans, we understand how important that beatdown truly was. The significance of the game is felt by all generations of Bengals fans.
One caveat to consider is that many of these current players haven’t truly been a part of the rivalry. A considerable amount of these players are playing in the rivalry for the very first time. One of these players is first-round pick and OROTY favorite, Ja’Marr Chase.
Statistically, Chase didn’t have his flashiest games, only hauling in three catches for 39 yards. However, one of the best parts of Chase’s games is what he does without the ball in his hands. He does all the right things when the spotlight isn’t shining in his direction. Most of us saw a hint of Chase’s blocking ability during the game against the Lions.
However, that was only a glimpse into Chase’s blocking ability.
On Sunday, the Bengals proceeded to absolutely dominate in the running game. Joe Mixon ended with 28 carries, 165 yards, and two touchdowns. Mixon was unstoppable.
Much of the credit goes to the blocking ability of the offensive line, and it is deserved. However, Chase made some key blocks on Joe Mixon’s runs. Chase shows no fear when it comes to blocking.
One analyst that is an incredible follow is Brian Baldinger (@BaldyNFL on Twitter). He broke down the all-22 film from the game Sunday. He tweeted a video of this Mixon run and gave an in-depth analysis. Pay attention to what he says about Chase and his role in the run.
Ja’Marr Chase is a stud in the run-blocking game.
In the video, you get to see Chase’s ability to pick up downfield blocks on a power run. You see his body language, and how aggressive he is at the point of attack. That type of aggression isn’t taught, it’s embedded. It is that type of attitude that separates a player from a pro. This is why the Bengals drafted Chase over every other player, and they’re reaping all the benefits.
Baldinger makes a point to highlight Chase’s body language after the play. He is more excited about Mixon’s success than Mixon is! Seeing Chase go crazy for his teammates is one of the most heartwarming from a Sunday that was filled with them.
Chase did not have a big day statistically by any means, but he is making the plays away from the ball to help his teammates and team succeed. You can see that Chase does not put his individual success over the team’s success. That type of attitude will get the Bengals to the playoffs. That type of attitude will hopefully win the Bengals a ring or two.
One more thing of note that I realized is how much Zac Taylor trusts Chase in the run game on inside blocking. There are multiple sets that the Bengals run that motion Chase inside. The scheme fit seems unorthodox but has proven to work itself out towards the back half of the season. This is something to keep an eye on for the foreseeable future.
Whatever Zac Taylor has cooking, it’s smelling real good. In the famous words of The Rock, The Bengals look to the rest of the AFC and shout “Do you smell what Zac Taylor is cooking?!”
For more content from the Back Row Bengals Podcast, Click here!