3 Takeaways from Sunday's win over the Patriots

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Nov 11, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham (84) makes a catch for a first down in the fourth quarter against the New York Giants at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports


The production from the tight end position was a hot topic this offseason, and up to this point, the duo of Tyler Eifert and Jermaine Gresham have has lived up to expectations.

Entering Sunday, the Bengals had played two-tight end formations on 43.32 percent of their 254 offensive snaps, which lead the NFL.

Against New England, the two were targeted a combined 11 times while catching nine passes for 77 yards, which was nearly half of Andy Dalton’s passing production on the day.

Through five weeks, they’re second and third on the team in receiving yards and 20+ yard receptions, and Dalton has targeted them a combined 30 times.

Those numbers would be even better if not for the erratic play of Dalton thus far, and if he can get his play under control, Eifert and Gresham will only see their production continue to increase as they become focal parts of this offense.





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