Mixon is going up against one of last year's worst run defenses in an ailing Steelers team that allowed 144 first downs on the ground. Burrow can threaten so consistently in the air, which lets the Bengals get ahead and pound out the game with the Oklahoma back.
While it seems a little obvious to start a top 3 NFL running back, its EXTRA obvious this week because Taylor is going up against the Texans; one of the worst run defenses last season with 2400 yards and 25 TDs allowed.
Dobbins is the starter for the Ravens this year and looks to have recovered well from his ACL injury in pre-season of last year. He was explosive for the Ravens in 2020, and could easily get 150 yards with 2 TDs versus the Jets.
Josh Jacobs is a great back, and the Chargers run defense was awful last year, but they've spent heavily in the offseason to completely re-vamp the run defense. Khalil Mack is consistently graded by PFF as one of the best run-stopping pass-rushers in the league
Jets Nation we know you're excited about the young rookie and what he can bring to the table, but Baltimore has one of the stingiest run defenses in the league. They allowed 3.8 Y/A last year and only 1436 yards while forcing 8 fumbles.