Bengals' ground game off-stride

Posted Oct. 07, 2010 @ 11:53 a.m.
Posted By Mike Wilkening

Through one-quarter of the season, the Bengals were still searching for answers for their running game. Entering Week Five, the Bengals' longest run was 13 yards, and the club was averaging 3.3 yards per rush, and this with its entire starting offensive line and the top two tailbacks (Cedric Benson and Bernard Scott) returning from a ground game that ranked ninth last season. Also, the Bengals were on pace for 61 fewer carries than a season ago, with greater emphasis on the passing game. Interestingly enough, the running game showed signs of life Week Four at Cleveland when the offense went to the no-huddle in the second half, with Benson racking up three rushes of 10 yards or more in eight carries. But Lewis, leading up to Week Five, indicated that the no-huddle limits the Bengals' options on offense and takes practice time to perfect, making for a tough risk-reward decision.