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Will we see more of Samaje Perine against the Dolphins?

The veteran running back has certainly done enough to earn more carries.

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Samaje Perine runs hard. He hits holes without hesitation. He’s more than capable in pass blocking. And he looks fully healthy. It is for those reasons that I’m about to argue that right now he deserves to be taking away carries from the supremely talented, exceedingly charismatic Joe Mixon.

First, let’s take a look at what Perine was able to do against the New York Jets in the fourth quarter, when the opponent knew the Bengals were trying to run down the clock.

Perine ran for positive yardage (and at least four yards) seven times in a row. That is honestly quite astonishing considering how weak the running game has been all year.

And I wasn’t the only one massively impressed with the drive. As you can see, Perine earned an 86.3 rushing grade and 76.9 pass blocking grade from Pro Football Focus. This after seeing only one carry in each of the first two games against the Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys.

And it should be noted that Perine wasn’t getting better blocking than Mixon was.

This led to a little discussion about how carries should be split between the two backs. On the #1 Bengals Podcast, we talked about why Perine might make more sense for a team looking for a counter punch to a high-flying vertical attack.

Watch the conversation by clicking here!

As you can see in the clips below, Perine runs more decisively and uses his power more effectively. There is no wasted movement but rather just a battering ram lowering his head and keeping his legs moving to pick up the yards available. Mixon, meanwhile, seems to be in his own head, moving horizontally while missing out on the opportunities in front of him.

You can also listen to our discussion on iTunes or using the player below:

So what do you think?


How should the carries be split between Mixon and Perine?

This poll is closed

  • 5%
    90% Mixon, 10% Perine
    (52 votes)
  • 33%
    75% Mixon, 25% Perine
    (324 votes)
  • 46%
    50% Mixon, 50% Perine
    (445 votes)
  • 14%
    More Perine than Mixon
    (139 votes)
960 votes total Vote Now