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ICYMI: 6 keys to Bengals beating the Bills

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Sep 8, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert (center) makes a catch between Chicago Bears cornerback Tim Jennings (left) and Bears outside linebacker Lance Briggs (right) during the second half at Soldier Field. Chicago won 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

5. Utilize the Tight Ends

The two tight end set was supposed to be a great asset to this game, one that defenses would be afraid of. Most of the year, sadly, they have just been used as security blankets. Very little have we seen Jermaine Gresham and Tyler Eifert attack the seams. This comes down to Jay Gruden actually using his players to their strengths. It’s obvious that Gresham is not the best at run blocking, but he is still a huge asset to the passing game. Eifert is a good blocker with great hands.

We saw a few times where the Bengals actually went to the tight ends in the seam and they went for major yardage. If the Bengals want to have a great offense, Jay Gruden actually has to use his tight ends as threats, rather than check down targets.

6. Turnovers

All throughout this year, the Bengals offense has allowed far too many turnovers, especially at crucial times. Andy Dalton has thrown five interceptions, but only two were his fault; whether it be a dropped pass or being out muscled for the ball, or even a route ran poorly. The Bengals have also fumbled the ball seven times this year, losing four of them. The Bengals have turned the ball over nine times in five games.

You cannot win football games like that, especially at crucial times like the Bengals have. If the Bengals can hang on to the ball and not make as many mistakes, this offense would gain confidence and score more points, putting the other team in a bigger hole. This problem needs to be fixed soon, and if the Bengals turn the ball over against the Bills numerous times, it could be a long, ugly game.

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