November 1, 2022, 7:48 pm
Bengals 13, Browns 32 (Browns ML(+152) Under 46)
Pregame: Joe Burrow and the Bengals offense come into this game flying high. They’ve been hitting their stride recently, and now they face a disappointing Browns defense. The key story to watch in this game is if the Browns’ front four will be able to create enough pressure on Joe Burrow to make him uncomfortable. If they do, and the Bengals’ miss Ja’Marr Chase too much, the Browns could upset the Bengals at home.
Postgame: The Browns completely dominated from the beginning of the first quarter through the final buzzer. Nick Chubb was unstoppable, and the Bengals offensive line caused many problems. Jacoby Brissett played his best game of the season, and the Browns moved the ball at will. The Bengals have a lot to figure out with their offensive line, while the Browns could make a late playoff push if they can tread water while Deshaun Watson finishes serving his suspension.
Pregame: Joe Burrow: Joe Burrow is coming off an incredible game where he threw for 481 yards and 3 touchdowns. Burrow started the year off slow, but he’s been playing well lately. Not only has he been safer with the ball, but he’s increased his efficiency tremendously. The Browns are ranked 15th against opposing quarterbacks, making this a neutral matchup for Burrow. The injury to Ja’Marr Chase will hurt Burrow, but the Bengals still have a fantastic surrounding cast. Burrow should be started in most leagues and only sat if you have a consensus top-5 quarterback on your roster.
Postgame: Burrow completed 25/35 passes for 232 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, adding 39 rushing yards to round out his line. Burrow’s fantasy day was extremely underwhelming, as he only managed 13.48 fantasy points in 4 points per passing touchdown leagues. Burrow was pressured all night, and the Browns front four played one of their best games of the season. The Browns turned 36.4% of their pressures into sacks, resulting in five. It seemed like Burrow missed Ja’Marr Chase in this game, which is unfortunate because he was playing great as of late. I wouldn’t be worried about Burrow long-term, but the offensive line has to improve for him to reach his fantasy ceiling.
Pregame: Joe Mixon: Joe Mixon has not been efficient with his touches this year, but he’s still seeing a lot of volume. Mixon is seeing 17.3 carries per game but averaging a career-low 3.3 yards per carry. Mixon is also averaging a career-high in receiving yards and receptions per game. The browns allow the 3rd most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs, so if Mixon can increase his efficiency, he could be in for a monster game. Mixon is a must-start running back this week.
Postgame: Mixon was absolutely terrible in the rushing game last night. He took his eight carries for 27 yards, as his poor efficiency this season continued. Mixon was saved in PPR by seven catches for 32 yards. The offensive line is a big problem in Cincinnati, and it may be time to start getting worried about Mixon. Due to volume, Mixon is still a must-start, but fantasy managers can’t be confident in his game at this point in time. Samaje Perine only saw one carry for seven yards and three catches for 10 yards. Perine is nothing more than a handcuff for the rest of the season.
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