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Sep 16, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (25) runs the ball during the first quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Bengals may use even split on running game soon

The Cincinnati Bengals may be opting to give the young, up-and-coming Giovani Bernard more carries after his breakout performance this past week vs the Pittsburgh Steelers. In a crucial AFC North showdown that often sees the Bengals struggle to establish a running game against Pittsburgh, Bernard provided a huge spark to the offense, rushing for one touchdown while scoring on another long reception out of the backfield, and finished the night with eight carries for 38 yards and another 27 yards on one catch. He became the first Bengals rookie to score a rushing and receiving TD in the same game since Craig Taylor did it in 1989 against the Detroit Lions.

“I think they are going to get more to 50/50 sooner than later, probably,” offensive coordinator Jay Gruden said on Thursday. ”We are obviously very happy with our running back situation the way it is. Honestly if Gio is in the game, I am content. If BenJarvus is in the game, I’m fine with either one of them in there. I don’t have a problem.”

Through the first two games, the enigmatic BenJarvus Green-Ellis has 36 carries for 100 yards, while the rookie Bernard has just 12 for 60.


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