3. RB Joe Mixon
Joe Mixon is one of the premier running backs in the NFL and is bouncing back from a 2020 season in which he only played in six games due to injury.
With Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry being sidelined for the next six-to-10 weeks with a foot injury, Mixon will have a legitimate shot at winning the NFL rushing title.
Through eight games, Mixon is fourth in rushing with 572 yards. He is tied for fifth with five rushing touchdowns. He has only gone over 100 yards rushing, but he is someone who can make defenses pay if they don’t contain him.
The Browns have the third-best rushing defense in the NFL giving up just 84.8 yards per game. This will be another good test for this defense a week removed from facing Najee Harris.
Mixon is able to catch passes out of the backfield and has two receiving touchdowns on the season. He has three games with four or more receptions.
After being upset by Mike White and the New York Jets, Mixon said the game with the Browns just got bigger. He’s right. This is a crucial divisional matchup for both teams as the Browns can’t afford to drop a second game in the division while the Bengals want to move to 3-0 within the AFC North.