CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 11: Halfback Cedric Benson #32 of the Cincinnati Bengals scores a touchdown as he is chased by defensive back T.J. Ward #43 of the Cleveland Browns during the season opener at Cleveland Browns Stadium on September 11, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
Earlier this year after Cincinnati took a 20-17 lead following A.J. Green's 41-yard touchdown, Benson exploded through the line of scrimmage late in the game to score a game-sealing 39-yard touchdown that eventually resulted in Cincinnati's 27-17 win over the Cleveland Browns during the regular season opener. Benson has sustained plenty of success against the Browns, posting 331 yards rushing on 71 carries with two touchdowns in his past three games.
Though Benson has largely struggled this season, eclipsing 75 yards rushing only three times this year, his best game of the year came during the regular season opener, posting 121 yards rushing against the Cleveland Browns. The same Browns team that currently ranks 29th in the NFL on rush defense, allowing an average 139.3 yards rushing per game.
With wide receiver A.J. Green returning, along with Jerome Simpson putting together his best performance of the season last week, it stands a good chance that Cleveland's passing defense, ranked tops in the NFL, might focus more on Cincinnati's biggest offensive threats in the passing game, leaving Cedric Benson alone just enough to face mainly seven-man fronts.