With an offensive line that had failed to get holes open for their number one running back Joe Mixon for the first four weeks of the season, it looked early on Sunday that hadn’t been the case. On their first offensive drive, the Bengals took the ball down the field with Mixon like he was an All-Pro.
Of course that wasn’t the first time we saw that. Seahawks running back Chris Carson had a good time in week 4 against the Cardinals as well. Mixon ran for 60-yards on the first Bengals offensive drive of the day.
For the entire game, it did get better. Mixon only ended up with 33 more yards on the day. The Bengals ended with 108-yards rushing on the day.
However, again, it was the Bengals. They ran Mixon 8-times on the first drive but only 11-times the rest of the game. They didn’t stick with it and should have as the Cardinals were in no danger of pulling away.