Aug 8, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (25) runs the ball in the first half against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports
The NFL debut for Cincinnati Bengals rookie running back Giovani Bernard was one to forget, as the former North Carolina Tar Heel was able to muster just 28 yards on 10 carries (2.8 ypc) vs. the Atlanta Falcons in his first preseason game.
Against the Tennessee Titans, Bernard showed why he was the first RB to be selected in this year’s NFL Draft, as he exploded for 55 total yards and one score vs. the Titans in a little more than one quarter of play. They came on 33 yards rushing on six carries (5.5 ypc) and one reception for 22 yards.
That performance was highlighted by a first-quarter outburst that saw him account for 48 yards and a touchdown on the second drive of the game for the Bengals, who looked as crisp as they ever did at any point in the 2012 season. When the Bengals made Bernard the focus of their offense, they went on two consecutive touchdown drives, and made it look rather easy. And to think, that was without All-Pro receiver A.J. Green.
Maybe this is what Pete Prisco foresaw when he pegged the Bengals as his Super Bowl pick.