The Cincinnati Bengals parted ways with Cedric Benson during the offseason and replaced him with BenJarvus Green-Ellis–who spent the past four seasons with the New England Patriots. While it’s still early to determine whether or not this was the right move by the Bengals, Green-Ellis has shown plenty of potential in his first regular season game with his new team and already scored his first career touchdown.
Green-Ellis found the end zone right before halftime on a critical 4th and 1 from six yards out to make it a one-score game for Cincinnati. The Bengals could have easily cut the lead to 17-6 with a simple field goal by Mike Nugent, but with the way the Ravens’ offense played in the first half–Marvin Lewis knew it was important to score a touchdown instead.
Turns out, the gamble paid off for Green-Ellis and the Bengals as the touchdown should provide momentum in the second half as they will receive the ball as well. His rushing yards may not have been as high as other running backs in the league, but one of the best features about Green-Ellis is his ability to find the end zone as he’s scored 24 rushing touchdowns over the last two seasons.
It’s still early to tell, but the Bengals appeared to make the right move by brining Green-Ellis on board if he can pick apart defenses over the course of the regular season as he did in the first half against the Ravens during the team’s first game of the 2011 season.