Bengals: 5 Reasons To Get On The Bandwagon

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Nov 29, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) against the St. Louis Rams at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 31-7. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 29, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) against the St. Louis Rams at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 31-7. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Running Game

This is where the Bengals’ season will be won or lost. The ground game will definitely have to improve. Over the course of the 2015 campaign, Giovani Bernard was the standard of production. He was able to post an average of 4.7 yards per carry. He’s a model of consistency. In his time with the Bengals, he’s averaging 4.3 yards a pop. He has never ended a season under four yards per carry. He was rewarded with a three-year extension that will keep his talents in Cincinnati.

Jeremy Hill is due for a rebound. The big, shifty back had an sub-par year that may have been the  sophomore slump syndrome. He showed flashes of the form that had him in the discussion for Rookie of the Year. But his spotty performances had fans wondering if he was a bust.

When the season gets going, the ground attack will be fine. Hill has vowed to be a better back and atone for his “fumble” in the Wild Card game.

"“I’ve had a lot of great people in my circle and a lot of great people supporting me through this whole process. That fumble hasn’t done anything but make me want to work harder and get better every day.”"

Hill and Gio will once again be Thunder and Lightning.

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