Aug 29, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (25) runs with the ball against the Indianapolis Colts at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
The Bengals may be opting to give the more explosive Giovani Bernard more carries soon over the power-game of BenJarvus Green-Ellis. This, after Gio’s breakout performance this past week vs the Pittsburgh Steelers.
In a crucial AFC North showdown that often sees the Bengals struggle to establish a running game against Pittsburgh, Bernard provided a huge spark to the offense, rushing for one touchdown while scoring on another on a 27-yard reception out of the backfield.
He finished the night with 65 total yards on just nine touches., and became the first Bengals rookie to score a rushing and receiving TD in the same game since Craig Taylor did it in 1989 against the Detroit Lions.