Monday, November 19, 2012
Upon Further Review: Bengals
By Jamison Hensley
Revisiting the Cincinnati Bengals' 28-6 win at the Kansas City Chiefs:
The Bengals got back to their winning formula -- running the football.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis went over 100 yards rushing for the first time in 10 games as a Bengal, gaining 101 yards and one touchdown. Success in the running game usually means a win for Cincinnati, which is 31-7 since 2003 when a Bengals running back cracks 100 yards.
"Benny getting over 100 was huge," quarterback Andy Dalton said. "It was a goal going in to get over 100 and we came out and we executed. This week we really emphasized the running game, we wanted to get it going and we did. We challenged the guys up front and the backs and they did a great job."
It's been some time since the Bengals got a back over 100 yards. The last one to do so was Cedric Benson, who had 106 yards rushing against the Browns on Nov. 27, 2011. That was a drought of 14 games.
Green-Ellis is the first back other than Benson to gain over 100 yards for the Bengals since Larry Johnson three years ago.
STAT THAT STICKS: 27 -- Years since the last time the Bengals won by 18 or more points in back-to-back games, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer. Cincinnati defeated the Giants by 18 points (31-13) a week ago and beat the Chiefs by 22 points (28-6) on Sunday.
OVERHEARD: "We've won the last two and it's not worth a darn unless we take care of business next week [against Oakland]. We just have to keep going. We put ourselves in this situation and they just have to take it one step at a time." -- Bengals coach Marvin Lewis.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Bengals (5-5) play host to the Raiders (3-7) in Carson Palmer's first game in Cincinnati since being traded last year.