Breaking down the Bengals Improved 2012 Running Game

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Aug 21, 2011; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets linebacker Josh Mauga (53) hits Cincinnati Bengals running back Cedric Benson (32) after Benson fumbled the ball in the first half of the preseason game at New Meadowlands Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Farrell/The Star-Ledger via US PRESSWIRE

The Bengals running game in 2011 left a sour feeling in the stomachs of Bengals fans. There was a mix of bad attitudes on the sidelines when certain backs (see: Benson, Cedric) were not getting ‘enough’ carries, and also inconsistent effort on the field. There were plenty of causes for the unsuccessful rushing campaign by the Bengals last season. Some were due to a weak interior offensive line, some to the fact that the backs simply could not get enough push to get those tough yards on 3rd or 4th and short or on the goal line.

The running game last season was a major attribute to the Bengals having one of the worst touchdown percentages in the red zone at a dismal 45.1%. Another problem was the fact that Cedric Benson couldn’t seem to get a handle on the football and ended up with 5 fumbles in 2011 and a total of 12 over the past two seasons. All of these factors warranted a time for a change in Bengaldom.

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