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Cedric Benson looks good in return to Cincinnati

Cedric Benson, Geno Atkins, Vontaze Burflict, Michael Johnson

Cedric Benson didn’t get the 100 yards he was hoping for tonight.

But he might have done enough to earn something bigger — a starting job with the Packers.

Benson celebrated his return to Paul Brown Stadium with six carries for 38 yards. The local fans have seen him produce, as he’s coming off three straight 1,000-yard seasons with the Bengals.

Benson wasn’t even the Packers’ leading rusher — that was quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who had 52 yards on six attempts, often roaming free on what you’d call a scramble if it was more urgent.

But Benson ran well early on for Green Bay, and on a roster where the next-best veteran bet is James Starks, there’s a chance for him to make the job his own.

Starks is out with a turf toe injury which could open the door, and Benson appears capable of doing all the running the Packers really need (which frankly isn’t much).

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  1. floridaboy619 says: Aug 23, 2012 10:16 PM

    He looked like an RB that has vision. Something Packer RB’s haven’t had in a while. He also had very solid runs out of shotgun and no huddle offense. Exactly what the Packers need on O if he can keep it up and keep the ball!

  2. thehatefulnerd says: Aug 23, 2012 10:19 PM

    Ced-Ben looked good. Very good.

  3. thetokyosandblaster says: Aug 23, 2012 10:20 PM

    And here come the haters to say it’s preseason.

    Packers > Every other team.

    There really isn’t an argument.

  4. der6495 says: Aug 23, 2012 10:21 PM

    Benson went up on fantasy draft boards tonight. Thought he couldn’t catch? Looked fine to me in that aspect.

  5. noeffinway says: Aug 23, 2012 10:27 PM

    Cedric surprised me.

  6. favreblows says: Aug 23, 2012 10:34 PM

    CedBen is the real deal. This is likely the back the Pack have been looking for since Ahman. Here is the call: The Packers will run more this year….and throw less….than last year. CedBen will rush for 1300+ yards and will score 15 TDs. The balance will give the D relief and the Pack will win 15 games…..Again.

    Book it.

  7. uwsptke says: Aug 23, 2012 10:41 PM

    He’s going to open up the passing attack even more.

  8. redbullenergydrink says: Aug 23, 2012 10:47 PM

    Benson looks like the top rb in GB? That’s not saying much.

  9. Revolution22 says: Aug 23, 2012 11:00 PM

    I think Benson secures the spot, but I also think Mark Tyler competes with Starks for the backup/relief job. I don’t like that #44 is sporadic, and injury prone. We could definetly see Mark take the 2nd job if Starks doesn’t live up to par.

  10. castleofcheese says: Aug 23, 2012 11:04 PM

    favreblows says:
    Aug 23, 2012 10:34 PM
    CedBen is the real deal. This is likely the back the Pack have been looking for since Ahman. Here is the call: The Packers will run more this year….and throw less….than last year. CedBen will rush for 1300+ yards and will score 15 TDs. The balance will give the D relief and the Pack will win 15 games…..Again.

    Book it.
    ————–
    I’m a huge packers fan, but what ever you’re drinking, I need some of. 1300 yards? 15 TDs?? You’re nuts… Straight up crazy.

  11. berniemadoffsides says: Aug 23, 2012 11:18 PM

    Anyone is an improvement over Starks – he’s horrendous.

  12. nyyjetsknicks says: Aug 23, 2012 11:35 PM

    I’m shocked it took this long to get him signed. I have never read/heard about him being a bad locker room guy. He’s been
    a solid performer.

  13. canamac86 says: Aug 23, 2012 11:43 PM

    Anybody else notice how well the play action worked? So much better with a legit rb!

  14. 4ever85 (aka Butch DeadLift) says: Aug 23, 2012 11:48 PM

    CedBen is the real deal. This is likely the back the Pack have been looking for since Ahman. Here is the call: The Packers will run more this year….and throw less….than last year. CedBen will rush for 1300+ yards and will score 15 TDs. The balance will give the D relief and the Pack will win 15 games…..Again.

    Book it.

    ———

    Is this the same Ced Benson who avg 3.9 and 3.5 yds/carry and had as many fumbles as TDs the last two seasons?

    He also had a whopping 15 receptions last year, which I’m sure will fit perfectly with the Power O Pack attack.

  15. jcustunner says: Aug 24, 2012 12:07 AM

    Benson is going to be a fantasy draft steal. With Green Bay’s passing threat, it’s easy to see Benson walking to 1,000 yards. The guy has had some off the field issues, for sure, but he produced in an up and down Cincy system for three straight years. No reason to think he’ll struggle on a much better team.

  16. sterlingrodgers says: Aug 24, 2012 12:13 AM

    No way is Benson rushing for 1300 yards, but he did look good tonight, and also looked like a pretty good fit in the Packers’ offense in limited duty. Benson is not great, but his play tonight seemed to illustrate how poor the other RB’s in camp are. He should be a good addition.

  17. vincentbojackson says: Aug 24, 2012 12:31 AM

    I was at the game tonight. What struck me was all the boos from the Cincy fans.

    Apparently they don’t realize that Benson didn’t choose to leave town, the Bengals showed him the door.

    Why boo a guy that gave you all he had, and by all accounts was a pretty good teammate?

  18. spellingcops says: Aug 24, 2012 12:31 AM

    CedBen is the real deal. This is likely the back the Pack have been looking for since Ahman. Here is the call: The Packers will run more this year….and throw less….than last year. CedBen will rush for 1300+ yards and will score 15 TDs. The balance will give the D relief and the Pack will win 15 games…..Again.

    Book it.
    —————-
    Not a fan of an NFC North team, but I have a funny feeling the Bears are gonna win that division, which will soon be the toughest in the NFL.

  19. golfnutt67 says: Aug 24, 2012 1:20 AM

    CedBen is the real deal. This is likely the back the Pack have been looking for since Ahman. Here is the call: The Packers will run more this year….and throw less….than last year. CedBen will rush for 1300+ yards and will score 15 TDs. The balance will give the D relief and the Pack will win 15 games…..Again.

    …………..better wait until week 2 to implementant this plan cuz thain’tihappening week one.

  20. der6495 says: Aug 24, 2012 2:06 AM

    I don’t think he’s going to be as good as Corey Dillon was when he was added to the Patriots in ’04, but I believe he could be enough to ease the pressure off the passing attack (and defense).

  21. zbigern says: Aug 24, 2012 3:11 AM

    I liked this from the word “rumor”. If GB can start fast, as they typically do so as to establish the tempo, they can build halftime leads & pound away in the 3rd quarter with Benson…His 2nd half rushes alone should get him his thou, keep him fresh into the playoffs, build cnfidence on the O-line, keep our D youngry, & continue our ways of making turnovers by maintaining leads by forcing the opposition to pass…this is sweet music to a Packer fans ears…my new favorite song. GO PACKERS!!!

  22. skolvikesskol says: Aug 24, 2012 4:13 AM

    Hahahaha… Its preseason kids… Relax… The gb d will give up 30 no matter who totes the rock. Discount double choke!

  23. joetoronto says: Aug 24, 2012 4:46 AM

    But… but….what happened to that great defense?

  24. bearzfan says: Aug 24, 2012 6:07 AM

    I am obviously a fan of the bears and have little love for the green and gold. I live just south of the Wisconsin border in Illinois. Some of my favorite places are in Wisconsin, including Door County. HOWEVER, most of the Packer fans I know are straight up trolls. I realize that nothing (and I mean nothing) is going on sports wise in Green Bay, but Packer fans exhaust me. Need some recent proof of Packer fan mentality? How about the guy from Green Bay who wants to evict his tenants because they are Bear fans. What a tool. Check out the story here:

    http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/08/23/green-bay-landlord-wants-to-evict-tenants-because-theyre-bears-fans/

    Rodgers goes down, Packers are toast. Plain and simple. Hope Cutler and Marshall plaster your green and gold butts in a few weeks.

  25. chi01town says: Aug 24, 2012 6:14 AM

    Rodgers out ran Benson with 57 yards an dumb azz packers fans is happy…. What really happend was the Bengales shut him down an showed everybody that Benson is shot… Packers fans…. Cutler is coming…. Ha ha ha

  26. iluvbears says: Aug 24, 2012 6:18 AM

    Still not enough to change my mind that if Rodgers goes down, so does the GB season. Benson cannot carry the team on his own like many great RBs can. GB is more dependent on one player than any other team in the league.

  27. jimmysee says: Aug 24, 2012 6:38 AM

    With that offense in place, they really do not need all that much from him. And Green Bay has the locker room leadership in place to keep Benson in-line and producing.

  28. faulkn22 says: Aug 24, 2012 6:41 AM

    LMFAO at the comments talking Benson up. Yeah, he’s going to fix the running game, a back that struggled to find a team until August. All other 31 teams are manned by idiots that let him fall through the cracks.

    Rodgers ran for more yards last night, lol.

  29. tdrundmc says: Aug 24, 2012 6:57 AM

    favreblows says:
    Aug 23, 2012 10:34 PM
    CedBen is the real deal. This is likely the back the Pack have been looking for since Ahman. Here is the call: The Packers will run more this year….and throw less….than last year. CedBen will rush for 1300+ yards and will score 15 TDs. The balance will give the D relief and the Pack will win 15 games…..Again.

    Book it.

    Wow, you made this prediction based off a pre season game against the bungles. Here’s my call..Benson has always been and will continue to be a turd.

  30. glowingstone says: Aug 24, 2012 7:17 AM

    redbullenergydrink says:

    Benson looks like the top rb in GB? That’s not saying much.

    —–
    Realizing that you were really shooting for a snarky response more than anything else, you have something of a point. I think what you were trying to say, however, is that Green Bay should be a relatively easy place to earn a starting position at RB.

    That said, Cedric Benson had a good night, and I for one agree that he looks like a starter. Once the offense gels, I thing Benson is going to be a weapon of choice for GB and predict that he’ll have an outstanding season.

  31. bealeman says: Aug 24, 2012 7:18 AM

    It’s no surprise Benson ran well. It is because he runs well, he always has. Just a crack is all he needs to pound thru and nail a safety or OLB. He will always get a couple yards and that’s something we haven’t had in years. I don’t believe he’ll score 15 times or rush for 1500, but I do believe he’ll put new meaning into the Packers’ play-action game and that will be just enough separation Jennings or Nelson needs to take it to the house from anywhere on the field.

  32. pingguy says: Aug 24, 2012 7:38 AM

    Benson runs hard when,and only when,he needs cash.Been that way since day 1.

  33. crohrbaugh says: Aug 24, 2012 7:42 AM

    Trust bengals fans on this one. There are times when he looks like he can be a stud. however, he is awful in the red zone and fumbles over and over on key drives.

  34. huskerguy says: Aug 24, 2012 7:43 AM

    “Packers fans…. Cutler is coming…. Ha ha ha”

    Sweet… most teams enjoy when mama’s boy comes to town so their D can pad their INT stats.

    Just saying…

  35. jmach396 says: Aug 24, 2012 7:58 AM

    The thing that made Benson so valuable last night wasn’t his yardage total. It was how on every play the defense was AWARE of him, opening up the passing game. They ran so many play action roll-outs where the entire front 7 flowed to Benson and left Rodgers an easy 15 yard pass. This will happen all season long. In the first half Rodgers will light em up and get their 30 points, and in the second half McCarthy finally has the bulldozer of a back he has always wanted for when he goes ultra conservative and tries to grind out the win. It was infuriating to watch in years past with inferior running backs, but I think Benson has the make up to be perfect in this role.

  36. dollarbill247 says: Aug 24, 2012 8:19 AM

    Green Bay fans…don’t beleive the hype. Ced is ok not great. He’s also a head case and love jail too. His ceiling is 1100 yards and 5 TDs. Bunch of homers on here predicting “great things” from Ced. If he could go one year without an arrest that would be a “great thing”.

  37. superjroch says: Aug 24, 2012 9:04 AM

    iluvbears: “Benson cannot carry the team on his own like many great RBs can.”

    You are right. You have to be a GREAT running back to carry a team on your shoulders when your QB is gone. That’s why the Bears were horrible for Walter Payton’s first 7 years. He was never a “Great” running back until they got a quarterback and defense to support him. Then he got most of his yards in junk time when McMahon and the defense exploded for 21 point leads by halftime.

    Even in the Super Bowl… when it really counts… where is Walter? MIA. The Fridge had a bigger impact.

  38. smchristensen says: Aug 24, 2012 9:11 AM

    I’ll take 6 yards falling forward over 2 yards and a pinkie tackle any day.

  39. lrt79 says: Aug 24, 2012 9:12 AM

    Rodgers keeps arrogantly scrambling around like that and he’s going to become a target like Vick. Doesn’t matter how much the league wants to protect him; he can still do commercials on IR.

  40. artvan15 says: Aug 24, 2012 9:19 AM

    The concern I have with Benson is that he is a fumbler. Hope that doesn’t cost the Packers in the end but Packer fans better be prepared.

  41. purpleguy says: Aug 24, 2012 10:44 AM

    The offense looked pretty dang good; however, I’m not so sure it’s a great idea for Rodgers to be running around all over the place, particularly in pre-season, and even more particularly given the quality of the back-up QB.

  42. dukemarc says: Aug 24, 2012 2:03 PM

    lrt79 says:
    Aug 24, 2012 9:12 AM
    Rodgers keeps arrogantly scrambling around like that and he’s going to become a target like Vick. Doesn’t matter how much the league wants to protect him; he can still do commercials on IR.
    ————————————-

    Keep thinking that – he’s has the best combination of scrambling and passing of any QB in the league – let the hate flow through you.

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