Giovani Bernard rushed 15 times for 80 yards and caught five passes on eight targets for 21 yards Sunday against the Seahawks.
Bernard vastly outplayed Jeremy Hill, who rushed eight times for 13 yards and caught one pass for 12 yards, and he appears the be the top option in the two-back set. Hill can still poach some goal-line touches here and there, but Bernard looks like the one who will get the initial reps before Hill gets his opportunities. Bernard has rushed at least 13 times in four straight games, though he has just one touchdown on the season. Up next is a Week 6 trip to face the Bills before a Week 7 bye.
Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard carried the ball 13 times for 62 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs . He was not targeted in the passing game for the first time this season.
The third-year back led the Bengals in backfield touches for the third straight week, but Jeremy Hill did pile up three rushing touchdowns on the day. Hill should regain his share of the carries sooner or later, somewhat limiting Bernard's role in that capacity, but there are still plenty of touches available to him as a change of pace back and a receiving threat out of the backfield. Week 5 brings with it a tough home matchup versus the formidable Seattle Seahawks defense.
A week after Jeremy Hill was benched for fumbling, Bernard once again led the backfield in touches and yards on Sunday. Some of this could be attributed to the Bengals finding themselves in quite a few passing situations late in the game, but Hill was unimpressive with just 21 yards on 12 carries. Both backs will continue to see plenty of action, but Bernard will seemingly garner a few extra touches for as long as Hill remains out of favor with the coaching staff.
Cincinnati will welcome the Chiefs and their stingy run defense to town in Week 4.
Hill's return to the starting lineup doesn't necessarily dictate he will get a vast majority of the carries, however.
Bernard became head coach Marvin Lewis' best friend after fellow back Jeremy Hill fumbled his way into the dog house. Bernard narrowly trailed Hill in touches in Week 1, 19 to 14 and should get his opportunities regardless of Hill's status. The difference between a Hill the Bengals trust and one they don't comes by way of goal-line carries, carries Hill hogged last season. Whether or not Hill earns the coaches' trust in the weeks to come will have enormous implications for Bernard's value.
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|16||12/28/15||@ DEN||8:30 pm|
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