RB Giovani Bernard - Cincinnati Bengals
|5-9, 202||Born: 11-22-1991||College: North Carolina||Drafted: Round 2|
Week 12: vs Cleveland Browns
FBG says: Bad matchup. The Bengals running game is an absolute mess. They are on pace to be one of the worst units in recent memory as they are only averaging 68 yards per game this season and the worst in Bengals history. The issue is a combination of Joe Mixon not performing to the level that many had hoped when the Bengals took him in the second round of last season's NFL Draft, the offensive line has been a mess as Matt Bitonti has them graded as the 27th best offensive line in football and the game script has not helped as the Bengals have fallen behind early in games this season. The Browns rushing attack the last few weeks have shown cracks in the framework as they have allowed 111 yards per game and 4.0 yards per carry to opposing teams over the last two weeks. This is a situation where you should still trust the overall season stats over the last couple of weeks and not overreact as it was inevitable that the Browns at some point throughout the season would not continue the pace that they were on, but they are still a very talented unit led by Danny Shelton, Christian Kirksey, and Joe Schobert. This is a defense that is designed to stop the run and still ranks first in opponents yard per carry at just 3.1 yards per carry this season.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2017 Week 11 vs DEN (3 / -4 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Bernard had a tough game. He was dropped for losses of three and five yards on his first two rushing attempts. The Broncos line was getting too much push for slow developing running plays to the outside. Bernard caught a short dump off over the middle.
2017 Week 10 vs TEN (2 / 10 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 38 / 0 rec)
Bernard played 21-of-51 snaps but had a relatively quiet day. He mostly played on third down and in the hurry-up offense but got a handful of snaps on first and second downs as well. Bernard racked up nearly half of his yardage on dump offs against prevent defense in a last-minute drive with the Bengals needing a touchdown.
2017 Week 9 vs JAX (1 / -1 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -5 / 0 rec)
For the fifth in the last six weeks, Bernard played less than 33% of the offensive snaps (28% of the Week 9 snaps). With Mixon's emergence, Bernard has been mostly an afterthought in the offense. He touched the ball just twice on Sunday and both touches went for negative yards.
2017 Week 8 vs IND (2 / 5 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Bernard was a non-factor in the game. He played just 14 snaps and failed to haul in either of his two targets. His two rushes both went for minimal gains.
2017 Week 7 vs PIT (3 / 8 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / -1 / 0 rec)
Bernard led the Bengals running backs in snaps (23 out of 51 total) but was completely ineffective. Bernard dropped what should have been an easy 7-yard completion in the final minutes before half that ended up being a turning point in the game. It led to a Bengals punt that allowed the Steelers another score before halftime.
2017 Week 5 vs BUF (2 / 2 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 30 / 0 rec)
Bernard played 22 of 66 snaps but only touched the ball four times. His biggest gain came on a 3rd-and-21 screen that went for 17 yards. He was ineffective as a runner. Bernard was stuffed for a loss on a 3rd-and-short carry.
2017 Week 4 vs CLE (3 / 12 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 67 / 1 rec)
Bernard has seen his role reduced but has found a way to make an impact despite limited playing time. He is still the top option when the Bengals go to their two-minute drill offense. In the final minute before halftime, the Bengals set up a screen perfectly against a Browns blitz. There was nothing but green ahead of Bernard who caught the ball and ran straight ahead, going completely untouched into the end zone for a 61-yard touchdown. Bernard also drew a long pass interference penalty on a wheel route down the sideline.
2017 Week 3 vs GB (3 / 27 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 12 / 1 rec)
Bernard played by far his fewest snaps of the season (13 snaps, 21% of total). He did make an impact in his limited opportunities, however. He took his first carry behind pulling guards to the right side, burst through a big hole, and weaved his way for 25 yards. Bernard scored a 6-yard touchdown on 2nd-and-goal. He lined up in the backfield, slipped through the line and was wide open due to a busted coverage. He took the quick pass from Dalton and literally walked into the end zone. After the two impact plays early, Bernard managed just eight yards on three touches the rest of the way.
2017 Week 2 vs HOU (5 / 10 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
Bernard played over half of the offensive snaps, playing more snaps (33) than Joe Mixon (16) and Jeremy Hill (15) combined. The playing time should be encouraging for Bernard's fantasy owners, especially when considering that (unlike Week 1) the Bengals were never behind by more than one score. However, Bernard wasn't able to take advantage of the increased opportunity and was clearly the least effective of the three backs. He managed just 2.0 yards per carry and 4.0 yards per target. On an early 3rd-and-3, Bernard lined up in the slot and ran a quick out one yard short of the sticks. He was tackled immediately and the Bengals were forced to punt. In the Bengals first trip to the red zone, Bernard was the victim of poor play-calling. He took a pitch left and faked a reverse toss to John Ross that fooled nobody and led to a five-yard loss. Bernard got another shot at a third-and-short and came up short again. He took a carry off right tackle and was knocked backward on first contact.
2017 Week 1 vs BAL (7 / 40 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 39 / 0 rec)
Bernard led the Bengals backs in snaps with 26 and played well. However, much of the usage was probably due to game script as the Bengals were behind by three scores for the entire second half and Bernard is the back the Bengals use in the two-minute offense. The Bengals came out rotating running backs by drives. Bernard came in for the third drive of the game and gave the offense a spark. His big play on the drive was a 23-yard run up the middle. He burst through the line and made a Ravens linebacker fall down on a quick juke at the second level to turn a solid gain into a big play.
Latest NewsBengals | Giovani Bernard has role in passing game (Sun Nov 12, 05:29 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard caught five passes for 38 yards against the Tennessee Titans in Week 10. He also rushed for 10 yards on two carries during the game. link to story
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