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Does Bengals RB Jeremy Hill reach the 100-yard mark against the Jaguars?

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Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard is sitting out against the Jaguars, giving rookie Jeremy Hill his first opportunity to absorb a majority of the team's carries. Does he reach the 100-yard milestone?

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There are some circles, or some within the circle, suggesting that without Giovani Bernard, backup running back Jeremy Hill will hit the 100-yard benchmark on Sunday.

It makes sense.

With both players splitting carries this season, Hill's absorption of Bernard's production gives the rookie an opportunity to reach his first 100-yard milestone.

So the question... Does Jeremy Hill hit 100 yards rushing against the Jaguars?

First, let's get an inaccuracy out of the way.

Giovani Bernard accounts for 69 percent of the rushing attempts between these two, with Hill carrying the football 10 times or more in only two games this season. Suggesting that these two are splitting carries, usually applies balanced distribution. That is NOT the case here. In fact, it's not unlike other seasons when BenJarvus Green-Ellis' started and commanded a serious bulk of the team's rushing attempts. Cincinnati does not know how to evenly distribute production with their running backs... or we've just wrongly assumed that they would.

And yet, that's just the background noise in this constant story of imperfection. Cincinnati has a bigger issue with their rushing offense and it has little to do with the running backs. Bernard, Green-Ellis, Hill, Cedric Benson... it's all the same thing. You could literally shuffle pieces around and come close to the same production in any game.

The issue is the offensive line.

Guards Clint Boling, Kevin Zeitler and Mike Pollak, along with center Russell Bodine, have accumulated negative Pro Football Focus grades in the running game. Andre Smith? Horrible. If we combine the PFF grades on the right side of the offensive line, Bodine, Zeitler, Pollak and Andre Smith have an accumulated run blocking score of -8.2. Bodine, Boling and Andrew Whitworth have an accumulated run blocking score of -5.3. NOTE: Bodine has a run-blocking score of -6.0; excluding the starting center, the left side is -2.2 and the right side is +0.7. Hill and Bernard carry a combined 3.5 yard/rush average when running off the right side, as opposed to a 4.5 yard/rush average when running to the left.

Why don't they just run more to the left? Good question.

Then there's the art of history. Hill and Bernard have reached the 100-yard milestone, as a duo, twice this season (Atlanta and Carolina) -- and against the Panthers, Bernard ran for 137 yards on his own. In fact, Hill and Bernard have combined for 80 yards or more in three games. That's pretty pedestrian.

Jacksonville carries the league's 20th-ranked rushing defense, allowing 115 yards/game. However, when they're bad, they're bad. Against Miami, Indianapolis, Washington and Philadelphia, the Jaguars defense allowed 144 yards rushing or more -- 191 yards against the Redskins.

Maybe it's possible.

Cincinnati isn't built for 100-yard rushers this season -- philosophically or personnel-wise. The offensive line isn't conducive to consistent success on the ground. Yet Jacksonville is a Jekyll and Hyde of rushing defenses.

Does Hill reach 100 yards rushing?

My mind says, no. My gut says, sure. My heart says 1,553 yards... in the first quarter.