Five Bengals Who Will Be Vital on Two-Point Conversions
Jan 4, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill (32) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts in the first quarter in the 2014 AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports
With the NFL changing the rules around extra points, it’s reasonable to assume that teams will consider “going for two” more in the coming season. The Cincinnati Bengals won’t be immune to this decision, and considering Marvin Lewis’ thoughts on the topic, the Bengals may see a significant uptick in trying to get that eighth point. Luckily, the Bengals possess the necessary weapons in order to convert these types of plays.
Yet, the Bengals’ offense won’t be the only unit tested following the rule change. The defense will also be asked to defend against opposing teams’ attempts to put eight points on the board. The Bengals have done well to upgrade their defense over the offseason. Although it’s far to early to determine if these additions will actually produce a better defense, it seems the team is better prepared to defend against these short yardage plays.
With both the offense and defense being tested following this rule change, the Bengals will need some specific players to step up and play big during these moments. Limiting a team to six points versus eight could very well be the difference in many games, and hence, the difference between a playoff team and one that misses out. Here are five players who will need to step up during these two-point moments in 2015.
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