Last season, the Bengals won the AFC North Title because of their ball control offense and stingy defense. Cedric Benson became the focal point of the offense, running behind a solid run-blocking offensive line.
This year, Cincinnati is throwing the ball more, and now they’re 2-3 after a tough 24-21 loss.
Carson Palmer had 29.1 pass attempts per game last season. This year, that number has jumped to 38.8. Cedric Benson carried the ball 31.6 times per game last year. He’s averaging 27.8 carries per game this year. I can understand changing the philosophy if the running game isn’t working, but Benson has been fine. It’s been Palmer who’s been turning the ball over. He had three interceptions in Sunday’s loss to Tampa Bay.
Benson ran all over Tampa Bay’s defense, yet Cincinnati kept airing it out. Yes, Benson did carry it 23 times (a lot these days). He had 144 yards, averaging 6.3 yards a carry. Palmer threw it 36 times. Everytime the Bengals ran the ball, they shredded the Tampa Bay defense.
How about Tampa Bay, 3-1 wow! Josh Freeman may be the most underrated young quarterback in the league. His poise under pressure was fantastic as he led Tampa Bay to two seperate scoring drives in the final two minutes of the ball game.
Cincinnati has a much needed bye week. The team needs to get their act together.
About the Author
Written by Adrian Fedkiw
I currently work for the Sports Network. It's the best job ever! I am a 2010 graduate of Temple University where I majored in broadcast journalism, I LOVE SPORTS! That's why I am here. I have a vast knowledge and want to share my athletic intelligence with the world. Some people like to spend their time shooting down aliens in Halo; I like to spend my time watching sports, current and old. It's my passion! I got asked one time how I can watch a game over again when I already know the outcome. 5 minutes later, he's watching Happy Gilmore reciting all of the lines from the movie. Hypocrite! As for my favorite sports teams, I've been a lifelong Philadelphia sports fan. My favorite athlete is Allen Iverson. He didn't like practice that much, but when it came to gametime, no one let it all out on the floor like Iverson. He is absolutely beloved in the city of Brotherly Love. For college athletics, obviously I pay close attention to Temple. (Yes, football too) Even before I stepped foot on Temple's campus for the 1st time in 2005, I was a fan. Oh the good old days of John Chaney! Some other tidbits about myself, I love cheesesteaks, I hydrate myself with Welch's Grape Juice and Snapple. I love the HBO show Entourage. Also, when is Kenny Powers making his much anticipated return in Eastbound and Down!