Run the ball and stop the run. It’s an age-old adage in the NFL which still rings true in this era’s pass-happy state, but there are instances where that proves false. One such case was on Sunday in Cincinnati as the Bengals hosted the defending Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos.
One of the positives for the Bengals in Week 3 was their ability to get running back Jeremy Hill going against a quality defense. It was part of a game plan that played into the Bengals’ hands, but unfortunately, the team fell short in different areas to fall to 1-2.
In terms of rushing yards, Hill’s 97 on the ground was his best since the end of the 2014 season. A major chunk of those yards came on a 50-yard scamper in the first quarter, but he did churn out positive yardage—especially early.
Note the athletic pull blocks by Cedric Ogbuehi and Kevin Zeitler to spring Hill. Even though both have had an inconsistent start to the 2016 season, their tenacity and athleticism were definitely on display in the big run.
It wasn’t just his big run that highlighted his big day, though. Hill had two rushing touchdowns against the Broncos, giving him three on the season. Many of the runs he had came by tough-sledding, so it was good to see the big back harness his 2014 form.
With so many struggles on the offensive line, secondary and even at times with Andy Dalton, Hill was the MVP for the Bengals on the afternoon. Even though second half inconsistency marred his day, the Bengals were in the Week 3 matchup largely due to Hill’s efforts.
Does Hill get your vote for the Bengals’ Week 3 Most Valuable Player? If not, who gets your nod?