The Cincinnati Bengals shocked the football world when they defeated the New England Patriots and improved their home record to 3-0this season. Why is it a shock that a playoff contender was able to defeat another playoff contender? The reason is because the Bengals have been very inconsistent on offense recently. However, there is one area that the Bengals excelled in, which is why they came out victorious in a very important game.
There is no question Cincinnati’s commitment to the run proved to be the difference in the win. The Bengals are not known as a running team and the Patriots have been decent at stopping any such attack this season. However, Cincinnati decided to stick with their game plan from the get-go and it paid off huge.
“We obviously have to be more effective running the football still, continue to commit to running the football, and stay with it, and make positive plays in the running game, and not get spooked away from it too often,” head coach Marvin Lewis said last Monday, according to Bengals.com.
The credit goes to offensive coordinator Jay Gruden and the coaching staff for not being afraid to keep handing the ball off. Also, the committee of rushers who did not disappoint when opportunities came up deserve credit for getting the job done. To put together a game plan and then execute it against a very talented team should give the Bengals plenty of confidence in the run game going forward.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis (19 rushes, 67 yards, one touchdown), rookie Giovani Bernard (13 rushes, 62 yards) and quarterback Andy Dalton (six carries, 25 yards) were able to keep New England’s defense honest with their ability to move the ball on the ground. Their performance is definitely something that must be built on in preparation for Week 6.