Monday, December 3, 2012
Upon Further Review: Bengals
By Jamison Hensley
Revisiting the Cincinnati Bengals' 20-13 win at the San Diego Chargers:
BenJarvus Green-Ellis gained over 100 yards for a third consecutive game. But not all the games have been the same for him.
On Sunday, he gained 74 of his 118 yards rushing after first contact. That's his most in a game since the start of the 2009 season, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
It was a week ago when Green-Ellis rushed for 96 yards before contact. That means Green-Ellis had to break more tackles against the Chargers, who had the sixth-ranked run defense before facing Cincinnati.
Green-Ellis is the fourth player in Bengals history to run for 100 yards or more in three consecutive games. Of Green-Ellis’ 25 carries in the game, 10 came in the fourth quarter. Cincinnati now is 34-2 under coach Marvin Lewis when a Bengals player runs the ball 25 times or more.
STAT THAT STICKS: 1 -- Offensive touchdown allowed by the Bengals over the past three games. The Cincinnati defense limited the Chargers to two field goals after making a couple of stands inside the red zone.
OVERHEARD: "Andy [Dalton] doesn’t flinch. He is pretty cool and calm. He’s unfortunately had these one-play interceptions this year that the team runs back quickly. We seemed to overcome. That’s a great quality that he has. He’s able to turn the page and move to the next one. I think our team has gotten to the point where they know they can overcome it." -- Head coach Marvin Lewis on Dalton bouncing back after having a fourth interception returned for a touchdown this year.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Bengals (7-5) look for their third win over an NFC East team this year when they play host to the Cowboys (6-6), who have won three of their past four games.