The Cincinnati Bengals ground game broke out yesterday afternoon at San Diego against the Chargers as they rushed for 164 yards as a team. It’s the third time they have ran for 150 or more this season.
As a team they have always strive to rush for 150 yards or more every game this season. So far that hasn’t been the case, but yesterday’s big running day is a good sign to come.
If this team is going to have a deep postseason run, they might need to rely on the run game more than having Quarterback Andy Dalton throw the ball a lot.
Running back BenJarvus Green-Eills rushed for 92 yards on 20 plus carries against the Chargers. It’s December, the weather is getting colder and you going to need him and Giovani Bernard to pound the ball down the stretch and hopefully into January.
Now, here’s my position why they should run more and throw less. It’s the inconsistent play of Dalton, and now I think the coaches realize it’s time to pound the ball more. We all fell into the hype, including myself of Dalton’s three game stretch in October, where he was off the charts and making his case as one of the elite quarterbacks in the league. Since then he’s been in the decline throwing six touchdowns to nine interceptions in the last four games.
He had a rough second quarter, where he threw a horrible interception and his passer rating was 21.2, that was “Bad Andy”. Yes, he was better in the second half. He had the go-ahead touchdown pass to AJ Green in the third quarter for 21 yards.
The Bengals pound the ball in the fourth quarter led by Offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth, who was forced to move to the inside spot in the first quarter, as left gurard Clint Boling torn his ACL and it was confirmed today. The move to Boling’s spot for Whitworth helped the running game as him and offensive tackle Anthony Collins, who moved into Whitworth’s spot.
Whitworth’s great blocking and Green Ellis pound running opened up the passing game to do play action, it included a key 28 yard right sideline pass from Dalton to Green late in the fourth quarter. The final five minutes of the game was all about running the ball and clock.
I think this team should run the ball more, if they can get this kind of performance like that on Sunday, it will help Dalton and the passing game in the long run.