CINCINNATI (AP) - In the Bengals' biggest game, running back
Cedric Benson was a bystander.
The Bengals gave their top runner only seven carries during a
31-10 playoff loss in Houston, one that highlighted a huge problem
they must fix if they want to get back to the postseason.
At the most important times, Cincinnati (9-8) couldn't run the
The Bengals simply got away from the run and let quarterback
Andy Dalton throw the ball more down the stretch, showing
confidence in their emerging rookie. It didn't work so well, as
Cincinnati lost four of its last six games and was held under 20
points four times.