Bengals Offense 2016: Previewing Cincinnati’s Strength

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Aug 28, 2016; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis looks on in the second quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 28, 2016; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis looks on in the second quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports /
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Bengals running back Rex Burkhead. Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports
Bengals running back Rex Burkhead. Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports /

Shake, Rattle and Roll: The Story of the Bengals Rushing Attack

The injury to Cedric Peerman was a blow to the depth at the running back position for the 2016 Bengals.  The Bengals still have the dynamic duo of Hill and Bernard. They run behind one of the best offensive lines in the league.  Hill will look to climb out of the valley of Playoff fumbles and distance himself from the likes of Earnest Byner.

If he can clear his mind and regain his 2014 form, this will be a scary, strong running game.

The Bengals still have the dynamic duo of Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard to run behind one of the best Offensive Lines in the league.

Hill’s counterpart, Bernard, is a dynamically quick runner who can catch the ball out of the backfield as good as any RB in the league.  If he stays healthy and can continue to wreak havoc on opposing Linebackers the sky will be the limit for these backs.

Add in Rex Burkhead (a poor man’s Danny Woodhead) and you have a scrappy, talented mix of runners to alleviate the pressure on the new receiving corps.  Look for a heavy dose of the running game early in games to establish play-action pass opportunities.  Once the field opens up, the attack will be pass-heavy. The 4th quarter is when the Bengals can pound a tired defensive line and control the clock to victory.

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