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Week 1 vs. CLE
Rushing: 4 / 3 / 0
He was in on the 3rd drive and his 1st carry there were not any holes to run through but it was his second carry that will drive the coaches nuts and is why Cedric Benson will continue to pound out 20+ carries a game. Scott takes the hand off and starts running left to the sidelines, running East-West where Benson runs it North-South every time. Scott had a couple carries and then he wasn't used much the rest of the game. This writer does not anticipate that changing.
Week 2 vs. DEN
Rushing: 2 / 10 / 0
Bernard Scott was a non-factor in this game aside from an 8 yard carry with Cedric Benson being preferred for the majority of the game. Scott, even on his 8 yard run, showed the kind of boundary speed necessary to warrant more touches. If Benson goes down, Scott will be a valuable commodity in fantasy leagues. Like Benson, the game script definitely figured into Scott's lack of touches.
Week 3 vs. SF
Rushing: 2 / 10 / 0
Scott's time may come, if Benson is suspended in future weeks, but until then he gets scraps: 2 rushes, with one of them going for an 8 yard gain, both in a meaningless situation at the end of the first half.
Week 4 vs. BUF
Rushing: 5 / 13 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 9 / 0 on 2 targets
With Cedric Benson struggling early in this game, Bernard Scott got his chance on the last series of the first quarter. He touched the ball 5 times on that drive, which included four rush attempts for 16 yards and a catch for 4 yards. The biggest gain came on a run out of a shotgun formation when he picked up 7-yards up the middle. The drive resulted in a field goal, which were the only points the Bengals put up in the first half. Although Scott looked quick and probably deserved more snaps, the team went back to Benson and eventually got him going in the second half. Scott did not touch the ball again until the first series of the fourth quarter, when he was stopped for a loss on a rush attempt and picked up 5 yards on a short pass as the team went 3 and out. The Bengals still seem to have a hard time finding ways to get him more involved in the offense.
Week 5 vs. JAX
Rushing: 6 / 20 / 1
Receiving: 2 / -1 / 0 on 2 targets
Scott was used sparingly as the Bengals are clearly trying to save him and fullback Brian Leonard for the coming suspension of Cedric Benson, but Scott was on the field for the critical game-winning TD on 3rd and goal from the 2. He took the handoff from QB Andy Dalton and went nearly untouched into the end zone over the left side. He was stuffed on his first carry of the day and slipped on the second, but managed to log a couple of nice runs in addition to the game-winner in limited duty.
Week 6 vs. IND
Rushing: 11 / 29 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 5 / 0 on 1 targets
Bernard Scott got a lot of carries to try and make
something but accomplished very little compared to Benson. He is a
smaller back that gets tackled and goes down easier compared to
Benson. The Bengals got very little push towards the end of the game
when they were trying to run out the clock and called simple running
plays which Scott could hardly do a thing with as he was met at the
line frequently. It is a good sign for Scott that he got so many
carries and is the clear backup to Benson but he won't be given the
ball in crucial moments of the game and won't contribute much out of
the backfield as QB Dalton likes to use TE's and WR's more in the
Week 8 vs. SEA
Rushing: 22 / 76 / 0
Receiving: 3 / 0 / 0 on 3 targets
Scott had a hard time generating consistent yards against the tenth ranked rush defense in the league. He was hit quite often at or behind the line of scrimmage and several times tried to turn the corner only to have a defender waiting for him. If you look at the stats, while his 3.5 ypc isn't impressive, it's better than the average Seattle gives up (just 3.1 ypc). Scott fought hard and was able to break tackles and gain a little yardage often when hit at the line. Still, Scott was just stopped for short gains, no yards or negative yards far too many times by an intense, penetrating defensive line. Overall, while it appears Cedric Benson's job is probably safe when he returns from his suspension next weekend Scott may get to keep a few more carries throughout the game.
Week 9 vs. TEN
Rushing: 6 / 24 / 0
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 1 targets
There were a couple of times in this game where Scott reminded you of the old Chris Johnson more than Johnson himself did. His very first carry was his best. Before it was called back for holding he went for 12 yards on a play where Benson likely would have had 2 or 3. His elusiveness was just amazing as he could seemingly got from full speed to stopped to full speed in the blink of an eye. It was even more impressive that the Bengals ran the exact same play again Scott did nearly the same thing, gaining 7 yards through a pile of players without actually touching anyone. Scott had his share of negatives as well though. He generated no push whatsoever between the tackles and dropped a swing pass that would have put him in the type of open-field situation that he thrives on.
Week 10 vs. PIT
Rushing: 7 / 38 / 0
Although Scott just had 7 carries, he looked better and more explosive than Benson. Although he is not Chris Johnson, it's hard not to draw comparison to him as they both run with the same gliding style. Also, they have similar body types, hair, and wear the same number. On several runs on Sunday, he broke tackles and was quite elusive. Since he is under 200 pounds most people think he is just a change of pace back but he runs with power and often does not go down on first contact. Cincinnati seems to be getting him more involved each week and he is making the most of his carries. If he continues to run hot like this it would nice to see him get even more carries as Benson is just not the same back he used to be.
Week 11 vs. BAL
Passing: 0 - 1, 0 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 9 / 40 / 0
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 1 targets
Once again Bernard Scott was the most efficient back for the Bengals and once again that earned him only 33% of the load. Scott got his first opportunity on the Bengals 3rd drive. 3 runs produced a first down, but on a 4th he was stopped 5 yards deep in the backfield by nothing more than a hand. He has to show more power than he did on that run. Scott ground out 14 yards on 3 carries in the 2nd quarter and the Bengals seemed to have him running up the middle more than he has this year. He was also involved in a really strange play in the third quarter on what looked like a toss left, lateral back to the QB. Scott's throw back to Dalton was so terrible that it ended up being a forward pass, and an incomplete one. His biggest gain of the day came on a toss left where Scott showed great patience hiding behind his blockers and then bursting through the hole for 18 yards. Scott saw no action in the 4th quarter as the Bengals went to Brian Leonard in the hurry up offense.
Week 12 vs. CLE
Rushing: 4 / 1 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 2 / 0 on 2 targets
Scott did not have many opportunities in this game and did not get much room to run on those attempts either, losing 10 yards on his first 2 attempts as he was tackled just as he received the handoff. His next 2 carries went for 11 yards combined, but he spent most of the game on the sideline with Benson having the hot hand.
Week 13 vs. PIT
Rushing: 5 / 30 / 0
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 1 targets
Despite being a key cog in Cincinnati's 2009 win in Pittsburgh due to a kick return touchdown, Scott wasn't heavily involved in this game --- even before it got out of hand. He did get some work at the end of the game after Cincy basically conceded defeat and ran the ball the last few minutes. Scott did have a long run during that time period though as he used vision and bounce to hit a hole and bust into the second level. He's still a great compliment to Benson that should probably be used more often.
Week 14 vs. HOU
Rushing: 6 / 4 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 15 / 0 on 2 targets
Scott never managed to break out in the running game, where all but one of his touches came in the second half when the Texans front seven began to win the battle against the Bengals offensive line. His best play was a 14 yard gain on a shovel pass on 3rd and 15. Scott gained about 11 yards and then met a trio of defenders. Staying on his feet allowed Scott's offensive linemen to make it to the scrum and push him forward for another three yards, just falling short of a first down that would have changed the outcome of the game.
Week 15 vs. STL
Rushing: 7 / 20 / 1
Scott was used in relief of Cedric Benson against the Rams when Benson had received a number of successive carries during long drives. While Scott had only seven carries to Benson's 22, it was clear that he was more comfortable in the offense and possessed superior vision in finding the holes created by the Bengals line. Scott scored a touchdown on a run off tackle to the left late in the third quarter. The run came after a pass interference call that set up first and goal from the one for the Bengals. On the play, Scott took the handoff from Andy Dalton and quickly burst in to the seam in front of him. Scott shows excellent acceleration and clearly trusts his blockers to open holes in front of him. While his ability to carry the load on every-down is questionable, he clearly provides a spark to the offense when given the opportunity.
Week 16 vs. ARI
Rushing: 10 / 28 / 0
Scott may not bring the power to the Bengals' run game that Benson does, but his speed and explosiveness are a very useful compliment for the Cincinnati offense. With Benson having difficulty holding on to the ball, Scott was the back called on to grind out the clock late in the 4th after the Bengals took over on downs.
Week 17 vs. BAL
Rushing: 6 / 34 / 1
Receiving: 1 / 8 / 0 on 2 targets
Bernard Scott got involved early as a pass catcher, but his best play was his touchdown run. Scott took the sweep from Dalton and made a nice stutter move to freeze the LB before outrunning defenders to the edge to score. Scott is a player who deserves to get many more touches in this offense.
Week 18 vs. HOU
Rushing: 6 / 11 / 0
Receiving: 3 / 29 / 0 on 4 targets
Scott came in as a the Bengals rusher on third down. Like Benson, he struggled to find much room on the edges. His best runs came on 2nd and 3rd down at long distance where the Texans were more defensive of the pass.