We’ve heard optimism regarding Benson’s return before, but it sounds more definitive this time.
“It was discussed to me what the plan was for the long haul,” Benson
said after Sunday’s win. “They definitely want me to be fresh going into the last five
games and into the postseason. That’s a good plan.”
Larry Johnson’s 100-yard game and Bernard Scott’s superlative play gives Lewis options in his backfield. (The play of the backups also outlines how great Cincy’s offensive line is playing.) This is the sort of good problem the Bengals rarely have.
Benson didn’t sound too thrilled with possibly sharing the workload when asked about it.
“I don’t know. I don’t know. That’s a weird question. I didn’t know I
was having to share time,” Benson said. “I don’t know. If it wasn’t
like that before I don’t know why it would be like that now.”
We suspect Benson doesn’t have much to worry about. Scott says he won’t miss any time because of a toe injury suffered Sunday, but he will likely be used as a change-of-pace back. Johnson didn’t look overly quick or impressive despite his numbers.
Once the Bengals get through the soft part of their schedule, Benson seems likely to dominate carries again.