By Josh Dhani of dhanisports.wordpress.com
The Cincinnati Bengals will be facing the Chicago Bears this Sunday. Everyone is looking at the battles.
They are looking out for Jay Cutler vs. Carson Palmer, Chad Ochocinco vs. Devin Hester, and of course: Cedric Benson vs. Matt Forte.
Before the season, I bet a lot of fantasy owners got Forte in the very first rounds of their draft and took Benson very late.
Probably the people who didn’t pick him now regret this. And I know some NFL teams that regret this as well.
First, the Chicago Bears. Benson did look pretty good backing up Thomas Jones, but when he took the starting role when Jones went off to NY, it didn’t turn out that well.
One of Benson’s games included 30 carries for only 70 yards. That doesn’t look good at all. 30 carries for 70 yards! That’s barely even two yards per carry for God’s sake. That’s when Chicago drated Matt Forte and when Benson went off to Cincinnati.
But more of that later.
Other teams include the 49ers in the 2005 NFL Draft as they picked Alex Smith over Ronnie Brown, Braylon Edwards, and Cedric Benson himself. But people also made Benson look bad as the players that were picked after him had a better career.
Benson never lived up towards his potential people had dreamed about. He was stuck here. During the offseason, it seemed that Cincy would give up Benson. With guys like Knowshon Moreno and Donald Brown entering the NFL Draft, the Bengals looked to adding them.
But Cincy made the right choice in resigning Cedric. And now here is Cedric, who is number three in the NFL currently in rushing yards with 531. He’s ahead of the guys who pretty much had a better career as him, guys including Frank Gore, Thomas Jones, and Steven Jackson.
But this year is Benson’s year.
Benson has made history as well. He’s the first 100-yard rusher in like what? A billion years? But anyways, he was the first 100-yard rusher in a while to run for that many yards over the Baltimore Ravens’ defense.
If you look at all the running backs who faced B-More this season, all of them pretty much had 20 yards. But here is Benson having like 100 yards more then them, on the Ravens’ defense!
Things just couldn’t turn out better. Benson is looking towards a Pro Bowl, no doubt. So when he puts on that orange/black jersey with the 32 plastered on his chest.
You better be ready.
Because Benson is readier than ever.