It was the statheads at FootballOutsiders that coined the notion of the Curse of 370, the seemingly magic number of carries by a running back in a season where his production falls off significantly the next. It’s an indicator of overuse, and it’s something worth keeping an eye on as the second half of the season unfolds.
To reach 370 carries in a season, a back would have to average 24 carries in a game. And as we stand at the midpoint of the season, only one player is getting that much work–Bengals juggernaut Ced Benson. Benson leads the league with leads the league with 198 carries in just eight games; that’s right at about 24 per clip.
While Carson Palmer’s resurgence and the outstanding play of the Bengals’ front seven certainly have been factors in how Cincinnati has overtaken the AFC North, Benson’s production might have to be curbed if the team expects to make it back to its first Super Bowl in 20 years.