Aug 17, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Daniel Herron (34) dives into the end zone for a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Against the Titans, the Bengals had four rushing plays of 15+ yards. Rookie RB Rex Burkhead had a 22-yard long run, and second-year back Dan Herron had the night’s longest play from scrimmage with a 40-yard run. The Bengals ended the night with a team total of 236 yards with
five players averaging 5.2 yards per carry or more. It looks safe to say Marvin Lewis is committed to establishing a running game early in the season.
The most interesting statistics to me watching this game was that Tennessee controlled the clock throughout the entirety of the game, holding Possession for 32.48 minutes, while the Bengals only had the ball for 27.12 minutes. A margin of even just five minutes is a very long time in this league, not to mention the fact that Tennessee won the turnover battle with two fumble recoveries, and the penalty battle with 5 penalties for 44 yards. vs. the Bengals’ 48 yards on 6 penalties.
Despite those miscues, the Bengals were able to win due in large part to eight passing plays of 10+ yards, with five of those being 20 yards or more. Andy Dalton’s quarterback rating of 113.7 going 9/14 with one touchdown and 115 yards, along with Josh Johnson’s 105.1 quarterback rating on 5/7 passing with 73 yards would be just enough to give the Bengals their second preseason win.
This team has depth at every position. On any giving night, Jay Gruden and his offense could bring a variety of game plans to confuse the defense, and the Cincinnati Bengals are showing they have the balance and depth to continue their winning ways in 2013.