The Vikings enter today’s game against the Bengals with a 35-game streak of not allowing an individual to rush for 100 yards. The streak goes back over 2 years, is the longest active streak and is the longest such streak since the Ravens went 38 games without allowing a 100-yard rusher.
The player to break Baltimore’s streak earlier this season was Bengals RB Cedric Benson. In that game, he carried the ball 27 times for 120 yards and 1 TD. Today, Benson goes up against the Vikings and most-certainly has his sights set on breaking another streak.
Based on recent history, you’d think Benson will have ample opportunity to gain 100 rushing yards today. In his last 3 full games, Benson has rushed the ball 36, 34 and 37 times. Cincinnati is 2nd in the NFL with 406 rushing attempts on the season.
On the other hand, NFL Network’s Steve Wyche commented this morning on NFL GameDay Morning that recent acquisition Larry Johnson might be getting more carries as the season continues down its home stretch. This is most likely an attempt to keep Benson, the team’s workhorse, fresh for the postseason. The Bengals are a lock to make the playoffs and having their bellcow fresh and ready to roll will be important for the playoff prospects.
Aside from breaking the Vikings 35-game streak, Benson has additional motivation to do well today. In 4 career games against the Vikings as a member of the Chicago Bears, Benson averaged just 41.0 yards per game.
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