“We said to the offense it is lost that we were running the ball better than anybody has run it against them,” Lazor said. “For us to understand we’re gaining momentum in the run game is very important. That’s how we feel. We feel like we’re getting better in the run … I think we’re gaining momentum that way … I don’t think it had to do with (the running backs). I think in general our momentum kind of slowed up making first downs.”
It’s been a trend ever since Mixon came back from a knee scope Oct. 7 against the Dolphins. He’s averaging five yards per carry. It may say something about how the lack of defense has forced them to throw or that they’re being careful with his knee or maybe a little of both (he was limited Thursday after not appearing on the injury report Wednesday), but he’s doing it averaging 16.5 carries per game. Now that Bernard is back after missing a month with a sprained knee, he’s adding to their confidence.
“The offensive coaches have mentioned the running game continues to escalate,” said rookie center Billy Price, whose return last week from a foot injury didn’t hurt. “We continue to get good runs. They’ve been saying it’s just a matter of time before it pops. For the work we’ve put in, continue to improve, make sure we’re matching what the backs are doing and making sure the offense is in rhythm, there are a lot of good things going on.”