Nov 23, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) celebrates a first quarter touchdown against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
I’m thankful for the Bengals’ depth. As bad as the season has looked, this team is 7-3-1 even after getting hit by the injury bug in a harsh way. This wouldn’t have been possible without their depth.
When the Bengals get their defensive captain back, Vontaze Burfict, the defense will get a huge boost. Meanwhile, if the Bengals get Tyler Eifert back at any point, the offense, and primarily Andy Dalton, will benefit in a huge way. They’ll probably see a few extra touchdowns versus field goals in the red zone due to his presence alone.
Most teams would’ve come apart with all the injuries this team has been hit with. But because they have built an incredibly deep roster, the Bengals remain in first place of the AFC North and are in contention for a playoff bye.
Matthew Willson I am most thankful for our safeties. There have been many times they have saved the big play or have played the last line of defense giving up a field goal instead of a touchdown.
Reggie Nelson and George Iloka have proven their worth and with the run game defense finally coming back to this team, the Bengals could be a threat to the Steelers and Browns with them accounting for three of the five games remaining. They could also be a huge part in a pass first Broncos offense with Payton Manning running the offense on the other side.