Is the Red Zone Offense the Bengals' Weakest Link?

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Dec 13, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden talks with quarterback Andy Dalton (14) during the third quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Bengals defeated the Eagles 34-13. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

 
Throughout this season, numerous Bengal fans had hoped and expected to be putting up some points with this new offense. The Bengals drafted Giovani Bernard and Tyler Eifert, but the Bengals are averaging a mere 18.8 points per game, which is 24th in the league. The Bengals can ride their defense in games, but they have to average more than just 18 points a game if they want to be true contenders.

But what have been some things holding them back? Is it inexperience, as Eifert and Bernard are rookies, Sanu and Jones are only second year players with very little playing time, and Dalton and Green only being around for three seasons, but only had two full offseasons to work with? Let’s take a deeper look.

The Bengals offense has left some points on the board. Both Jay Gruden and Andy Dalton have been underwhelming this year. While Dalton is not going to lose you any games, he still owns the 9th best completion percentage in the league; even after a horrid game against the Browns. Dalton has to get a better poise within the pocket and trust his arm more to pull the trigger, rather than hesitate, trying not to throw the interception.

With that said, Gruden must utilize his players to their best strength. We know Jermaine Gresham is not the best blocker, but he is still a very good receiver with great yards after the catch ability. But something is amiss with this offense. Mohamed Sanu, Jermaine Gresham, and Tyler Eifert have no touchdowns this season, and it is now week 6.

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