A.J Green is Cincinnati’s most consistent big-play threat, but Jermaine Gresham and Cedric Benson are the players who will keep the Bengals offense on the field by converting third downs.
I don’t know what Paul Brown Stadium does for Cedric Benson, but he is a more explosive runner in front of the home crowd. At home, he averages 4.4 yards per carry versus 3.6 on the road. That is nearly a yard more each time he touches the ball.
Benson has played one fewer home game than road game, but his numbers are nearly identical. On the road, he has four touchdowns, at home he has two. Ced has picked up 25 first downs outside of Cincinnati, and 22 on his home field.
Jermaine Gresham is also a different player in front his home fans. Gresham averages a solid 8.5 yards per reception on the road, but an astounding 11.5 yards per catch at home. In two fewer home games, Gresham has two more catches than on the road and nearly 100 more yards inside of Paul Brown Stadium than outside of it.
Gresham and Benson will be energized by the possibility of playing their way into the playoffs and will play at a higher level in front of Who Dey Nation on Saturday. It is their play that will lock up a Bengals win.