The Cincinnati Bengals had an anemic running game when franchise quarterback Joe Burrow was healthy enough to benefit from having one, but that has changed with backup quarterback Jake Browning.
Zac Taylor and Brian Callahan have jump-started Joe Mixon and the run game, and they’ve done it by finally giving Chase Brown a shot at showing what he can do.
And he hasn’t disappointed.
Sunday’s win over the Colts was the first time in Brown’s career that he’s gone over 100 yards from scrimmage. He added 80 yards on three receptions, including a 54-yard touchdown catch-and-run on a screen pass, to his 25 yards on the ground. Mixon had 79 yards on the ground and added another 46 yards on three receptions. Mixon praised his rookie counterpart after the game.
“I can tell that boy’s been taking notes,” he said. “I like to see that. It’s a great thing to see. He’s doing the little things right, and that’s what we teach in our running back room.”
Jonah Williams also shared his thoughts on the duo of running backs and how they complement each other and the offense.
“There’s sort of different elements of talent that we have,” he said. “Mixon is a huge, physical back. One of the most physical backs in the league. And then we’ve got some of the speediest receivers in the league, and then there’s Chase Brown, who hits 22 miles per hour. It’s like we’re super variable on how we can attack people. And, like I said, Zac’s been calling great games with tons of variety. We’re keeping teams on their heels, and it helps us look good and to score points.”
Mixon and Brown have combined for 408 all-purpose yards over the last two weeks, and it’s no coincidence the Bengals have scored over 30 points in both weeks. It also should be noted the Bengals scored more than 20 points more than the Colts did, and they did it when Ja’Marr Chase only caught three passes for 29 yards.