Cincinnati Bengals: Five Players To Watch vs. the Falcons

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Jeremy Hill’s power may allow the Bengals to keep the Falcons grounded. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Jeremy Hill

One of the best ways to beat an opposing team’s offense is to keep them off the field and this is exactly what Jeremy Hill can do for the Bengals on Sunday.

Hill is a bruiser of a runner possessing a 6’1″, 238 pound frame.  He was drafted to take the hits and gain the tough yards in the way former running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis did for the Bengals.  He has the ability to break the big runs for the Bengals, but it’ll be his ability to “move the chains” that will be his biggest contribution to the game.  In 2013, the Falcons defense allowed a staggering 4.8 yards/rush, which made them the second-worst defense against the run (also second-worst in total rush yards allowed).  In their first game against the Saints, they weren’t much better allowing Mark Ingram and Co. to gain 5.0 yards/rush.  The Bengals will need to take advantage of this if they are to keep the Falcons aerial attack off the field and allow their defense ample time to rest.

Jeremy Hill didn’t see much of the field against the Ravens receiving only four carries, but according to Hue Jackson, this will change going forward.

The Ravens’ stout run defense may have been the primary reason for Hill’s limited use, but the Falcons’ porous run defense is the reason why Hill will play a crucial role on Sunday.