If you’re a fan of the NFL and are looking forward to a matchup between the Patriots and Bengals, then this game may be the one for you. The New England Patriots are the league’s best defense, allowing just 11.1 points per match and snatching 21 interceptions. They should have a field day against the Bengals, who have been woefully inept on offense all season.
Rex Burkhead scored his debut touchdown last week as a New England Patriots player against the Saints. Tom Brady tossed a touchdown pass to the rookie running back, and he was on his way to a 6-0 lead. Another touchdown was caught by Rob Gronkowski. Burkhead also had a nice game against the Ravens in Cincinnati, where the Bengals have been terrible in their first two games.
With Gio Bernard out for the season, Burkhead received extended opportunities to play. He had a late-season knee injury that sidelined Jeremy Hill, but he still managed to rack up 45 carries for 211 yards. Burkhead displayed a lot power between tackles as well as precision in the passing game. After signing a one-year deal with the Patriots, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis predicted a bright future for the rookie. He did point out the injury history of his fellow teammate.
The Bengals were 5-9 and out in playoff contention. Rex Burkhead was pleased with his 8-7 record in the game against Bengals. Despite being a rookie, the former Nebraska star had only 30 offensive touches in his three previous NFL seasons. He had only seven carries and just two receptions in his first 10 games.
Rex Burkhead is an interesting player. Despite his limited workload, he has the potential to become a valuable fantasy asset. His workload is not huge, but his solid hands and ability to find the open field make him an excellent timeshare partner. With his versatility, he could replace free agent LeGarrette Blount as the Texans look to bolster their rushing attack. He can also be useful on early downs and goal line work.
Rex Burkhead was raised in Dallas-Fort Worth and was born in Kentucky. He attended Plano Senior High School in Plano, Texas, where he was a standout defensive end. Helu caught Burkhead as he was escaping the Huskers’ receiver drills. The pair worked together to improve their defensive game. Rex Burkhead has carved out roles on third down and short yardage situations.
Despite being injured in Week 17, Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill will not play against the Ravens. Instead, they will look to the veteran back Rex Burkhead. After all, he is the former backfield mate of Giovani Bernard. The two men have been e-mailing each other and exchanging old man emojis since their days in the Bengals. The two also share a high school friend in James White.
In a game full of momentum-shifting plays, one game-changing play by Danny Shelton may have been a fluke. The play actually seemed to have shifted momentum in favor of the Patriots. They reclaimed the lead with a touchdown drive and a field-goal. Modern analytics showed that this play was nothing more than a gimmick.
Although Shelton signed a one-year contract with the Patriots, his minimum value was $1 million. Regardless, Shelton’s production was solid and he made the Patriots better on second downs. He ranked eighth in the NFL in run defense and received the highest pass rush grade from Pro Football Focus. The Bengals, on the other hand, have historically bad run defenses. Shelton is an intriguing depth option for the Bengals.
On the field, Shelton has been a nuisance. Despite being just 6-foot-6, Danny Shelton’s physical attributes are more impressive than his size. He is a former defensive lineman who played for the Patriots from 2012 through 2013. And he has a lot more to offer than his physical size. He did the same number of bench press reps that Michael Jordan, the NBA legend.
New England has had difficulty stopping the Bengals from the ground this season. However, Shelton’s presnap read, which rocked Mixon’s legs, helped turn the momentum in the Patriots’ favor. Meanwhile, Bengals coach Zac Taylor tried to instill confidence in his team. Despite the loss they still managed to score at least 17 points.
The Patriots struggled to contain Cincinnati’s ground attack and had trouble containing Andy Dalton. Although they were able initially to contain Cincinnati’s ground attack, their front seven failed to stop the Bengals’ run attack. They were able to stop Joe Mixon’s ground attack on fourth down and they also contributed from the defensive depth chart. This is a positive sign.
The Patriots’ front seven did a good job against the Bengals’ wide receivers. Dalton targeted Gilmore 12 times and completed more passes for Jackson than to his own receivers. Even when throwing to two defenders, he was able to record a passer rating 5.9 In the second half, the Bengals’ aerial attack was stopped by the Patriots’ pass defense. They ended up winning 34-13 at Paul Brown Stadium.
The New England Patriots will be visiting Paul Brown Stadium to face the Bengals. Bill Belichick will have to defend Mixon, who is 6-foot-1 and 220 pounds. Mixon is a major question mark for Belichick because of his struggles this season. He has had a negative rushing total on 14 of his 26 carries, and he has gained just seven yards on five of those tries. However, Mixon did break out for a career-high 146 yards rushing against the Cleveland Browns last week, and he added another 40 yards through receiving.
While Tom Brady is the face of the NFL, there’s a new face on the field, a third-year running back named Joe Mixon. The third-year running back faced NFL legend Tom Brady, and was too shy to ask for Brady’s jersey after the game. Mixon played a great game against the Patriots despite his nervousness. He gained 136 yards running on 25 carries, and earned praise from Bill Belichick as well as his head coach.
Mixon, fresh from a career-high performance will face one the most elite defensive units in the NFL. The New England Patriots rank No. 1 in total defense (264.3 yards per game) and turnover differential (+19). Aubrey Tate, Cincinnati Bengals’ best offensive weapon, has been lost. Mixon’s role in this week’s game will be even more important.
The Bengals have several players on the COVID-19 reserve roster. After testing positive for COVID-19, Joe Burrow, the starting quarterback, is expected to miss the playoffs. In his place, backup quarterback Brandon Allen will take over. The Bengals also have Vonn Bell and Tre Hendrickson on their injury report. However, they did not expect these players to be out for very long.
Joe Mixon is a solid fantasy choice this week, thanks to his impressive rushing numbers and balanced offensive attack. In seven consecutive games, he has scored at least 17 fantasy point. His average fantasy points in these games is 22.3, and he should be added to your lineup for the playoffs. Mix him up in your lineup if you own any of the above players to take advantage his strong performance.
The Bengals are close to making the playoffs, having won the Jets’ game on Sunday. They could win the AFC North if they win the Jets’ match and avoid a Jets loss. A loss or tie by the Patriots would prevent the Bengals from getting any higher than that, but regardless of seeding, they’ll host the first round of the playoffs.
The Patriots’ running game has been struggling. The Patriots average only 77.7 yards per game, which is the fourth-worst total in the league. Sony Michel, on the other hand, is a pedestrian runner. He also ranks last in yards following contact, meaning that he hasn’t been effective at shedding contact. But against a Bengals’ run defense, the Patriots have the ability to exploit any rushing opportunity.