Philadelphia Eagles running back Bryce Brown burst onto the scene with 189 yards against the Carolina Panthers on Monday Night Football in Week 12. Brown scored a pair of touchdowns that night but also lost two fumbles.
Brown followed that performance up with 183 total yards and two more touchdowns in Week 13 against the Dallas Cowboys. Brown lost a fumble in that game as well but looked like a force to be reckoned with.
Brown was stopped dead in his tracks by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 14, gaining just 12 total yards. He did not fumble the ball, but he didn’t get in the end zone, either. The Bucs have the league’s best run defense. While nobody expected Brown to be that bad due to his previous two performances, it isn't a surprise that he struggled.
Thursday Night Football proved to be unkind to Brown as well. The Bengals aren’t quite as stout of a run defense as Tampa Bay, but they are solid and held Brown to 45 total yards.
After averaging 8.1 yards per carry in his first two starts, Brown has averaged 1.4 yards per carry in his past two games. That simply isn't cutting it.
Next up is the Washington Redskins. They enter Week 15 with a top-10 run defense. Considering the way that Brown has run in the past two games, you can’t feel good about his prospects, especially if LeSean McCoy is finally ready to return from his concussion.
You can’t say for sure that the struggles will continue for Brown, but he’s looking like a very difficult option to choose in Week 16.
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