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Bengals RB Cedric Benson is waylaid by two Detroit Lions tacklers
Am I the only one that finds "Cincinnati" difficult to spell?
Seriously, I get it wrong every time. I had to type in the first three letters on Google to make sure I got it right for this article.
Just like the Cincinnati Bengals seem to just barely get it wrong week after week.
As I examined the statistics for this team, there is nothing drastically bad or good. In most offensive and defensive categories, the Bengals are at least respectable. If things go right for them, they can win a lot of games.
But yet they are 2-6. How?
With Cincinnati, it only takes an off-night from one side of the ball to bring them down because there is no consistency in the running game. If Carson Palmer is a little off or the defense has a poor showing, the running attack cannot be relied upon week to week to keep the Bengals competitive. I have Cedric Benson on my fantasy football team—I understand.
Let's take a look at some of their losses individually to show you what I mean.
In Week 1 vs. New England, the running game was rather respectable, gaining 87 yards. Not a great showing by any means, but it's something. But the Bengals lost the turnover margin by two, giving the Pats a victory.
In Week 4 against the Cleveland Browns, Benson played poorly, leading the running game to just 67 yards. Because of this, the 79 yards worth of penalties committed by Cincinnati had a major effect.
This happens in just about every single Bengals loss. The running game cannot make up for the one shortcoming the team happens to have that week. Maybe it's a little bad luck, but for a team expected to compete for an AFC North crown, a 2-6 record is very disappointing.