As the Bengals trailed 13-10 in the 4th-quarter of yesterday’s game vs. the San Diego Chargers with their slim playoff hopes on the line, it would have been easy for Jay Gruden to call on his Pro Bowlers, Andy Dalton and A.J. Green, to carry the team to victory once again. Though the Bengals were coming off back-to-back 100 yard rushing performances for the first time this season, they were going against a Chargers defense that ranked 5th in the NFL and had allowed just one 100-yard rusher this year.
But that didn’t keep BenJarvus Green-Ellis from putting the Bengals on his back as put the Bengals and their slim playoff hopes on his back as he carried his team to victory. On the Bengals go-ahead TD drive in the 4th-quarter, he had 6 carries for 23 yards, ran for two first downs, and repeatedly got crucial yards after contact as he helped run the clock down and give the Bengals defense a much-needed rest.
He finished the day with 118 yards on 25 carries (4.7-yard average), and it marked the first time a Bengals RB has gained over 100 yards in three straight games since the franchises all-time rusher, Corey Dillon did it in 1999. It’s no surprise the Bengals won all three of those games as they’re on a four-game winning-streak and control their own destiny as far as making the playoffs.