RB Joe Mixon leads NFL in rushing after Week 1

Prior to the Cincinnati Bengals’ season-opener against the Minnesota Vikings, there were two main storylines discussed more than any others.

How would the Bengals slow down running back Dalvin Cook? And will Cincinnati’s offense with a healthy Joe Burrow and his wide receiving corps be too much for Minnesota’s secondary?

It was almost as if running back Joe Mixon was the forgotten man to some degree. But as the game unfolded at Paul Brown Stadium, it wasn’t Cook who left as the best running back on the field. It was Mixon.

"It was fun to watch,” head coach Zac Taylor said on Monday.  “(He’s) just such a great weapon to have.”

With all the Week 1 games now complete, Mixon leads the NFL in rushing yards with 127. Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon ranks No. 2 behind Mixon with 101 yards. Only four other running backs in the league rushed for 100 yards or more.

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