Finally, the Bengals running backs were included a lot in a gameplan, and they managed to have a great game Sunday against the San Diego Chargers, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. We are in December, and with that comes really cold weather, snow, sleet, cold rains, ice, and so on. Those can really hurt a passing game, especially if there is no running game to compliment that.
That is a big reason that Peyton Manning hasn’t had much playoff success outside of 2006’s Super Bowl run for the Colts. Now, if you have a good running game, you will go places. If you have a good defense, you will go places. The Bengals have the defense, and this Sunday saw the running game have a breakout game. BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Gio Bernard racked up a total of 153 yards, with Andy Dalton adding 11.
This needs to continue, and Bengals Offensive Coordinator Jay Gruden knows it.
“You have to. We had two back-to-back (bad-weather games) the last couple games,” Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden said Monday, sounding like a Weather Channel reporter shivering on the banks of the Ohio River.
“At Baltimore, the winds were very difficult to throw the ball and the home game here against Cleveland, it was hard to throw the ball in the rain and the wind. We figured the last four games, we have an opportunity for four bad-weather games. So establishing some kind of running game is going to be important to keep the clock moving, keep our defense off the field and try to get something.”