Oh, and these Bengals haven’t exactly made it a secret they believe they’re a Super Bowl-contender, and that requires winning at least two playoff games, despite not having won one in the past two decades. The past two losses have been due to the lack of an efficient offense, and Bernard makes the Bengals offense as good as it’s ever been in the Jay Gruden-era. Heck, Gio already looks like he could become the best all-around back the Bengals have had since Corey Dillon.
In other words, because Bernard may get 5-10 less touches than he should be getting in the coming weeks, don’t be discouraged. Instead, visualize those carries being saved to be used against the likes of the Ravens, Denver Broncos, New England Patriots or Houston Texans in the playoffs.
I’d rather see them sacrifice a win or two during the regular season to get one in the postseason.