Dec 15, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Gio Bernard (25) runs with the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
On a night where bright spots for the Cincinnati Bengals were few and far between. It seemed only a few players minimize their mistakes early and continued to fight the entire game. The Bengals were playing from behind very early in this game primarily because of special team mistakes. One player in particular didn’t quit and continued to play hard every play, even when it all seemed over.
The game ball for this week goes to rookie running back Giovani Bernard
Gio seemed to fight every play against the Steelers on Sunday night. He caught two passes for 13 yards and ran 13 times for 33 yards and scored the first Bengals touchdown in the second quarter, which gave this Bengals team a glimmer of hope in the first-half. He kept fighting to get first downs in short-yardage situations, and took the majority of the snaps for the running back position.
Bernard was once again solid in pass-protection for Andy Dalton. He fought for every yard and even though he lacked in yards, he set the tone with hard work and energy. Sometimes, having the most yards doesn’doesn’t translate into a successful game, as proven last night.
Bernard was one of maybe two or three players this week that seemed to push himself every play from the start. He deserves the game ball for a complete game and continuing to fight hard in a tough loss. The Bengals now head home to face the Minnesota Vikings, who are coming off an impressive win against the Philadelphia Eagles.
They’ll need another game ball-performance from Bernard to maintain and possibly clinch the AFC North this week.
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