Has Elijah Mitchell Reclaimed The 49ers Backfield?

  • Elijah Mitchell has missed two of five games this season.
  • Mitchell appears to be the starting RB in San Francisco when healthy, which he is.
  • He has -110 odds to rush for more than 62.5 yards against the Colts on Sunday night.

SAN FRANCISCO - Elijah Mitchell has had a rocky start to the season, although he has seemingly established his presence in the San Francisco 49ers backfield.

Mitchell, who was a dark horse to take over the position, has been compared to the injured Raheem Mostert - a quick back who can hit gaps with speed.

With Trey Lance sidelined (the rookie QB had 16 rushes against the Arizona Cardinals, cutting into Mitchell’s workload), is this the game that Mitchell breaks out in?

Elijah Mitchell's Rushing Yards O/U Odds

  • OVER 62.5 -110
  • UNDER 62.5 -118

Mitchell only has one game this year with more than 62.5 rushing yards, although his season has been marred by injury.

That one game was his first, a 19 carry, 104 yard effort against the Detroit Lions, who are allowing the seventh most rushing yards per game.

He followed that performance up with 17 carries for 42 yards against the Philadelphia Eagles, before missing the next two weeks.

Mitchell saw his volume take a hit with his return, but not because of competition for his starting RB slot.

Quarterback Trey Lance saw more carries than Mitchell in his first game back against the Arizona Cardinals.

However, Jimmy Garoppolo is now under center for the 49ers, which should give Mitchell his previous volume back.

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The Indianapolis Colts defense is 14th in the NFL in terms of rushing yards allowed, averaging 111.0 rush yards allowed per game.

Elijah Mitchell's Carries O/U Odds

  • OVER 15.5 -135
  • UNDER 15.5 +104

In his two games with Garoppolo under center, Mitchell has recorded 17 and 19 rushing attempts.

The O/U for his game against the Indianapolis Colts is set at 15.5, with the online sportsbooks putting a lot of shading towards the OVER.

Indianapolis has allowed 27.2 rushing attempts per game, which is 19th in the NFL - not an outstanding rushing defense by any metric.

San Francisco ranks ninth in the NFL in terms of rushing attempts, with 28.2 rushing attempts per game.

Mitchell appears to have a firm hold on the backfield and with Lance injured, will not see his carries eaten into by his quarterback.

Will that be enough for him to hit his OVERs against a fairly mediocre Indianapolis defense?

NFL betting fans will find out when this game kicks off for Sunday Night Football, at 8:20 p.m. EST on NBC.