One of the great positive signs (in a game full of them) for Cincinnati in last Sunday’s rout of the Chiefs was the Bengals ability to run the ball.
Granted, the Chiefs rank 25th in the NFL at stopping the run, but chewing up 189 yards on the ground is impressive against any defense, particularly when Cincinnati had struggled so badly in that phase of the game all year long. Then Bengals really hadn’t been able to run effectively for any period of time since the first half of the first game of the season against Baltimore.
Since then it’s been some tough sledding. Against the Kansas City, however, Cincinnati was finally able to spring BenJarvus Green-Ellis for his first 100 yard game of the season, and also got 75 yards from Cedric Peerman. Bengal fans have been waiting for Jay Gruden to get Peerman more involved in the offense, and they got their wish last Sunday.
The Bengals would be wise to continue a run-first philosophy against Oakland this Sunday. The Raiders defense is tied for 27th in the NFL (with Kansas City) in rushing yards per attempt, which should provide Gruden the opportunity to build Green-Ellis’s confidence as well as give Peerman increased exposure.