BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Giovani Bernard will be Vital for Wild-Card Game

Dec 1, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis (42) celebrates after a touchdown during the first half against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

A few weeks ago, the Cincinnati Bengals beat the San Diego Chargers 17-10 behind a strong run game from runningbacks BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Gio Bernard, who racked up over 150 yards on the ground in San Diego.

Now, the same Chargers team will come to Cincinnati, and it is sure to be an exciting rematch, but this time, the winner will be one step closer to a Super Bowl. The Bengals haven’t won a post-season game in 23 years, and if they want that to change, these Bengals RBs will need to take advantage of a bad Chargers defense.

And with the weather potentially including snow and freezing rain hitting Cincinnati on Sunday, as well as temperatures that will get as low as 7 degrees, running the ball will be even more important in a game like this.

“Oh yes, it’s a big difference,” Bengals defensive end Wallace Gilberry said when asked about the impact weather can have on a team. “Cold-weather teams play well in cold weather. You get a team like Miami or San Diego — from a place where the weather’s always nice — in this 20-degree weather, it’s a big difference on your body.”

23 years is way too long, and seeing that I have never seen the Bengals win a playoff game, these two would really make me happy, the team happy, the city of Cincinnati happy, and the entire Bengals fanbase happy if they have another game this Sunday like they did when they last played the Bolts.

If they do that, it gets obvious from here. Play-actions come, and so will the big passing plays. Andy Dalton has done really well when the run game has been clicking, and when Andy does well, the Bengals are a force to be reckoned with.

 

 

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