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Giovani Bernard on-pace to break James Brooks' franchise record

Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard is off to a quick start with 333 yards from scrimmage. If he keeps it up, he could break a 28-year old franchise record.

Joe Robbins

Three games deep into the season, second-year running back Giovani Bernard has 185 yards rushing and 148 yards receiving, giving him 333 total yards from scrimmage. Because Cincinnati had an early bye week, the overall number isn't that significant but his average scrimmage yards per game (111) ranks third in the AFC and seventh in the NFL.

It also puts him on pace to reach 1,776 yards from scrimmage on the season, which would surpass James Brooks' (1986) franchise record for the most yards from scrimmage in a single-season. Brooks rushed for 1,087 yards and posted 686 yards receiving in 1986, giving him 1,773 yards that season.

Corey Dillon is second on this list with 1,609 yards (with 1,311 yards of it rushing) in 2002.

Additionally, Bernard and Jeremy Hill combined for 265 yards from scrimmage against the Atlanta Falcons earlier this year. It's the most by two Bengals running backs in a single-game since Corey Dillon (216) and Brandon Bennett (70) combined for 286 on Dec. 3, 2000.