Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens: Three to Watch in the Opener

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Giovani Bernard, Running Back

Aug 24, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) hands the ball off to running back Giovani Bernard (25) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Bengals’ updated offense will feature both a stronger focus on the running game and no BenJarvus Green-Ellis, so Bernard will be the main focus.  Expectations are that he is ready to burst into the superstar tier of NFL running backs,  so the pressure will be on.

Jackson has a strong group of backups to turn to, including rookie Jeremy Hill, but Bernard can help make the offense elite.