The Bengals rank fifth in the NFL in points and seventh in offensive yards, so there hasn’t been much problem moving the ball in Cincinnati.
Their rushing numbers are down from last year, though, and Jeremy Hill has been less productive than he was in the second half of last season, which led to a question for offensive coordinator Hue Jackson about getting the ground game going in the coming weeks. It was not a question that Jackson responded to all that kindly.
“We’re trying to win games. It’s not about running the ball. Please,” Jackson said, via ESPN.com. “That’s not the only thing we do. We throw the ball, too. You asked me about running the ball and you said, ‘Are we going to jump-start the running game?’ And I said, ‘We’re running the ball.’ So I don’t understand what it is that you guys are looking for.”
The Bengals are running the ball fairly often — they’re sixth in the NFL in attempts — and they have had good balance with the pass in most weeks. Hill hasn’t lived up to last year’s standard, but Giovani Bernard has found good success on a team that’s now 8-1. While they’d surely like to be more productive when they do run, as would most teams, it hasn’t been a weakness that opponents have been able to use to hurt the Bengals and it’s unlikely Jackson’s going to have a different take unless it becomes one.