Bengals will start RB Benson against Lions
Benson sat out Cincinnati’s 16-7 victory over Cleveland on Sunday, the second consecutive game he missed because of a sprained hip. Newcomer
Coach Marvin Lewis said on Monday that Benson will start next weekend against Detroit, but he declined to say how he plans to handle his trio of running backs – four, if third-down specialist
“The only thing I have to figure out is how to win the game, right?” Lewis said. “I have one job.”
Having three potential starters at running back makes it easier, though diplomacy will be involved. The last thing that the
A victory on Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium would give the
They ran the ball 45 times for a total of 210 yards, the second time this season that they’ve rushed for more than 200. The defense allowed only 169 yards, its stingiest showing in 26 years.
“I think we came into the game plan knowing we weren’t going to have to score 30 points to win,” quarterback
It wasn’t a one-week thing. In the past two games against Oakland and Cleveland, the
“If teams aren’t going to give us certain throws, we’re capable of running the ball,” said Palmer, who was 13 of 24 for 110 yards against the
The game plan was so conservative on Sunday that fans at Paul Brown Stadium occasionally booed.
“Sometimes people are spoiled as far as they don’t see the 80-yard passes or the 90-yard runs like they’re used to,” Johnson said. “But this is the (AFC North) division; this is what it is. These are the divisions that go to the Super Bowl, the ones that can grind it out.”
Now, Lewis has to figure out how to divvy it up.
Benson expects to regain his role as primary running back. Before he was hurt, Benson led the league in rushing attempts with 205 in nine games. When asked after the
On Monday, Palmer said the players expect Benson to get most of the carries.
“Cedric’s the guy,” Palmer said. “That’s not going to change, and Larry knew that coming in. Cedric is our running back.”
Johnson doesn’t have a problem with moving back into a low-profile role.
“I just came here for a second chance,” said Johnson, who is under contract through the end of the season. “I’ll just take everything in stride and move on. Whatever they want me to do, I just have to do it.”
While the running backs and quarterback are fine with the run-first approach, at least one receiver is getting antsy to do something other than block.
“Now next week, we’ve got the Detroit