Cedric Benson falls to third in the league; Daniel Coats leads NFL with five drops

In the third and fourth quarter, Cedric Benson ran four times for 10 yards rushing. What? That's it. How do the Bengals take the leading rusher in the NFL and, by in large, neutralize him with the play-calling? Maybe it's simple. You could argue that it's understandable that the Bengals were somewhat dismissive with the running game, sporting an 11-point deficit with 2:29 left in the third quarter. But there's a lot of time left. Keep establishing the run game. I agree. And yes, I converse with myself. A lot. However, the Bengals were struggling. In the third quarter, the offense recorded two first downs -- both by penalty. The Bengals defense was on the field for 11 minutes and 11 seconds. There just wasn't any rhythm because the offense went three and out twice and gift wrapped a fumble with 10:13 left in the third quarter. And, as a result, Cedric Benson had his worst outing of the season.

Adrian Peterson picked up 143 yards on 22 carries against the Baltimore Ravens last Sunday to retake the league lead by a whopping 93 yards rushing over Cedric Benson. Chris Johnson, now the league's second-leading rusher, also had a monster game for a team that was utterly destroyed, rushing for 128 yards on 17 carries.

Category Stat Rank
Yards Rushing 531 3rd
Touchdowns Rushing 4 t-7th
Rushing First Downs 22 6th
Carries 127 1st
10-yard or more rushes 14 t-3rd
Amount of times stuffed 10 t-12th
Yards Rushing on First and Ten 248 5th
Conversions on Third-<3 71.4% (5/7) 13th
Yards / Carry: Carries 11-20 4.4 14th
Yards / Carry: After 21 carries 4.2 7th

Passes Dropped. Of the top 24 players that have dropped the most passes, four are Cincinnati Bengals players. Thankfully, we're not alone. The Cleveland Browns have four players in the top-24 also. Who are the Bengals players?

Player Drops Rank
Daniel Coats 5 t-1st
Laveranues Coles 4 t-6th
Cedric Benson 3 t-12th
Chad Ochocinco 3 t-12th

Targets: Chad Ochocinco is the most targeted receiver on the Bengals with 53.

Stats from Stats.com

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