Though his 2012 season statistics through four games only show him gaining 228 yards on 64 rushing attempts, Green Bay Packers running back Cedric Benson has been a key to the team’s offensive success during the early going and is showing signs that he could bring new life to the Packers attack as the season wears on.
Will he rush for 1,000 yards for the fourth straight season? Probably not. The Packers pass-happy offensive scheme won’t allow that to occur. But his production should give the Packers exactly what they were looking for when Ted Thompson brought him to Green Bay in August.
As he has shown the last two weeks, first against the Seahawks when he took over in the second half of that game, and again last week against the Saints when he nearly hit the century mark, Benson has brought a new attitude to the Packers run game.
His punishing runs between the tackles is slowing the defensive pass rush and allowing quarterback Aaron Rodgers more time in the passing game.
We are just beginning to see his impact. If Benson can continue to rush between 15 to 20 times per game for 75 to 90 yards, he will be exactly what the Packers want and need.
Flash back to the Packers 2010 Super Bowl run when James Starks came out of nowhere to revitalize the Packers run game – that is exactly what the Packers need at this point in the 2012 season.
If Benson can continue this type of production the rest of the season, he will give the Packers just what they are looking for – however, he has to do two things: he has to stay healthy and he can’t turn the ball over.
Not only will his production on the field give Alex Green more time to heal his surgically repaired knee, but it should also provide Starks more time to get healthy.
More than likely Benson will need a breather as the season wears on, so it’s important that both Green and Starks are healthy when called on.
Benson could be the key to many wins over the remaining three-quarters of this season and could indeed be the linchpin to another Super Bowl run.