The Bengals running game has become the achilles heel of a team with enough talent to make the playoffs, but as of now is on pace to be drafting in the top-10 of the 2013 NFL Draft. The team was held to a mere 76 yards on 20 carries (3.8 ypc average), and never seem determined to establish the running game against a Browns team who had surrendered 243 rushing yards to the Giants the previous week.
It led to the teams’ continued inability to convert on 3rd-down(5/14 Sunday) and again forced Andy Dalton to carry the load on offense, something the Bengals aren’t built to do. The offensive line isn’t good enough to hold up in pass protection when the defense is pinning their ears back, and with Sunday’s excruciating loss to the Browns, the Bengals fell to 0-5 when Dalton has 40+ passing attempts.
With news that 2nd-string RB Brian Leonard is set to undergo tests to determine the severity of a rib injury he suffered during a special teams play in 2nd-quarter yesterday, he could be out for at least next week vs. the Steelers, leaving the Bengals with the sub-par BenJarvus Green-Ellis and the unproven Cedric Peerman. They may be forced to add a runningback to not only give the team some much-needed depth, but hopefully also give the NFL’s 22nd-ranked rushing-offense significant boost.