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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – Week 2

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Sep 16, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert (85) is tackled by Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley (56) during the second quarter at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

The 2-TE Sets

For all the talk of who the Bengals #2 WR would be, I think it is evident…it is Gresham/Eifert. The Bengals are running 2 TE sets more than 50% of the time (so much that they inactivated the FB) and it is working. In 2 weeks, Eifert and Gresham have combined for 19 catches and 214 yards. When Green, Eifert and Gresham are on the field at the same time, it creates big matchup problems for the defense (see Eifert’s 61 yard catch Monday night for proof).

Now I would like to start seeing more 2 TE sets with Gio in the backfield.


He didn’t do anything great, but for the most part, he didn’t mess up either. He seemed fairly healthy and I love the attitude and leadership he provides this team. Though he always seems to lose the fights he is involved in, he is bringing attitude, and the penalty he drew at the end of the game was a result of Steeler frustration, a penalty that the Bengals normally get, not the Steelers.


His 3.4 ypc was not good and I wish I hadn’t seen him in the game as much as he was, but he got the hard yards and how big was his 3rd and 6 conversion in the 4th quarter? That was a Big Boy run in a big time situation. Up just 10 with 3+ minutes to go, on their own 25 and the Steelers still holding 2 TOs, the Bengals could not afford to give the ball back to the Steelers. BJGE made sure they didn’t.

That conversion sealed the game because it forced the Steelers to use their remaining 2 TOs, swallowed the 2 minute warning and allowed the Bengals to take the clock all the way down to 1:43 before giving the ball back to the Steelers. I love this one-two punch of BJGE and Gio, I would just like to see the touches at closer to 50-50 rather than 70-30.