Bernard had three carries for seven yards and two catches for eight yards in Sunday's loss to the Steelers. Bernard actually got the start on the first series ahead of Joe Mixon, but that was largely ceremonial, as Mixon was the primary ball carrier again Sunday. That's reflective of the new reality -- Mixon became a three-down back this season, so Bernard's role was marginalized except for the two weeks where Mixon was hurt. He finishes the year with 211 yards rushing and 218 yards receiving, tallying three touchdowns in the process.
Bernard caught both of his targets, but was unable to gain yardage during Sunday's 26-18 loss to Cleveland. The two touches tied a season low for the veteran back. Bernard hasn't scored since Week 4 and has topped 40 total yards just once in seven active games since as Joe Mixon has accounted for 65.7 percent of the Bengals' carries this season. The season ends next Sunday against a top-10 Pittsburgh run defense, surrendering just 4.1 yards per carry.
Bernard had six carries for seven yards and two catches for 25 yards in Sunday's win over the Raiders. The six carries and 30 offensive snaps were actually as high as Bernard has gotten when Joe Mixon has been healthy, and Bernard even got a red-zone carry inside the 10-yard line, but it's clear this isn't going to approach a timeshare so long as Mixon isn't hurt.
Bernard ran for seven yards on three carries and added 13 yards on two catches during Sunday's 26-21 loss to the Chargers. While Joe Mixon continues to dominate the backfield work, Bernard has not quite found his groove after returning from a sprained MCL. He topped 40 total yards in three of his first four games of 2018 and scored thrice. In his five games since returning, he's reached that total just once and has not scored. Bernard has gotten some more work as a receiver since backup Jeff Driskel took over under center, averaging four catches per game with Driskel compared to three catches per game in seven games with Andy Dalton. That's not an ideal setup Sunday against the Raiders as Oakland has been stingier against the pass than the run this season.
Bernard had six catches on eight targets for 32 yards in the Bengals' Week 13 loss to the Broncos. He also had five catches for 14 yards. The Bengals had trouble moving the ball against the Broncos all day, so Bernard's relatively heavy volume in the passing game made a meager impact.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/15||San Francisco 49ers||20||19.00|
|8||10/27||@Los Angeles Rams||14||17.26|
|13||12/01||New York Jets||18||17.75|
|15||12/15||New England Patriots||8||16.00|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||84||335||2||39||314||1||82|