Upon Further Review: Bengals

October, 8, 2012
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Revisiting the Cincinnati Bengals' 17-13 loss to the Miami Dolphins:

The Bengals need to show more confidence in running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis. They really don't have any other choice at this point.

Cincinnati placed backup Bernard Scott on injured reserve after injuring his knee Sunday, which ends his season.

Before his injury in the first quarter, Scott had gained 40 yards on five carries against the NFL's top-ranked run defense. At that time, Green-Ellis had 1 yard on three attempts.

The Bengals handed the ball off to Green-Ellis only six more times over the next three quarters. These few carries could indicate the Bengals were trying to avoid Miami's defensive strength. But this could mean a lack of faith in Green-Ellis, who fumbled three times in his previous two games.

Green-Ellis' workload will be more clearly defined Sunday when the Bengals face the Browns, who gave up 243 yards rushing to the Giants. The Bengals will turn to Brian Leonard and Cedric Peerman to take Scott's role, but neither are considered featured backs.

STAT THAT STICKS: 100 -- Catches for wide receiver A.J. Green for his career. According to Elias Sports Bureau, he is the first player in NFL history with at least 100 receptions, 1,500 yards and 10 touchdowns in his first 20 career games.

OVERHEARD: “We thought we could stop them and get the ball back again, then kick another field goal and win the game. We got the ball back, but weren’t able to do anything with it.” Head coach Marvin Lewis on why the Bengals kicked a field goal with 3:05 left in the game instead of going for it on fourth-and-5 when trailing by four points.

WHAT'S NEXT: The Bengals (3-2) play at the Browns (0-5), who have lost four straight games at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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