That was a huge win. Not a pretty win. Not an encouraging win. But a huge win nonetheless. The Bengals fought off two huge demons – the West Coast and the bye week – and with just 4 games remaining, hold a 2-game lead in the division with 3 home games left.
The win also allowed the Bengals to keep pace with the Colts and Patriots to keep hope alive for the 2 seed, or at worst, the 3 seed. Before taking a look ahead at the big matchup against the Colts this weekend, lets’ look back at the win in San Diego.
Here’s the Week 12 Good, Bad and Ugly…
Dec 1, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (25) is tackled by San Diego Chargers safety Eric Weddle (32) after a short gain during the first half at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
The Run Game
As the weather turns, the emergence of the run game is important for 2 reasons: 1) it is harder to throw in poor weather and 2) it takes pressure off Dalton. It was very encouraging to see the Bengals come out of the bye week and run for their most yards in regulation (164).
Most encouraging were the holes being opened by the line and the sight of the 2012 version of BJGE. While the injury to Clint Boling weakens the line depth, I think this line might be better with Whitworth at LG and Collins at LT. One thing is for sure, the switch worked well on Sunday.