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3 Takeaways from Sunday’s win over the Patriots

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Sep 22, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (25) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the first quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

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Rookie running back Giovani Bernard is a star in the making, and as the season goes on, the national attention he gets will only grow as people realize he is the next star RB that can do it all in a league more geared toward smaller, shiftier back who operate well in space.

Entering Week 5, here’s a look at running backs with a minimum of 25 carries and their yards-per-carry average:

  • 6.7 Ben Tate (34 carries)
  • 5.9 LeSean McCoy(78 carries)
  • 5.5 James Starks (34 carries)
  • *5.4 Fred Jackson (48 carries)
  • 5.2 Reggie Bush (48 carries)
  • 5.2 Alfred Morris (56 carries)
  • 5.1 Knowshon Moreno (46 carries)
  • 4.9 DeMarco Murray (72 carries)
  • 4.8 Frank Gore (61 carries)
  • 4.8 Ronnie Hillman (25 carries)
  • 4.7 Matt Forte (67 carries)
  • 4.6 DeAngelo Williams (62 carries)
  • 4.5 Giovani Bernard, CIN (32 carries)
  • 4.5 Adrian Peterson, MIN (92 carries)

Needless to say, Bernard was due for more carries vs the Patriots, and he received just that, rushing 13 times for 62 yards (4.8 ypc). While many will unfortunately remember hist fourth quarter fumble, it should dim the bright future Giovani has in this league, and thankfully, it will be in Bengals stripes.

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