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Is the Red Zone Offense the Bengals’ Weakest Link?

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Sep 8, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (12) makes a catch against Chicago Bears strong safety Major Wright (21) during the second quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

So out of 12 red zone opportunities, the Bengals have only targeted Sanu three times (four if you include where he fumbled the ball at the 17 yard line), Eifert has had technically two passes thrown his way in the red zone, three if you include the tipped pass he caught. And Gresham has had no passes thrown his way in the red zone.

It’s mind boggling as to why the Bengals are not using huge mismatches with their tight ends, especially since neither of them are under 6’5. Many times, Gruden just lets his team try to pound it in and keep his tight ends to block. It seems as if Gruden isn’t calling enough plays to utilize his players to the best of their abilities. Yes, people can say Dalton needs to look their way, but it appears play calling is pretty poor within the red zone.