Oct 4, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert (85) runs the ball against the Kansas City Chiefs in the second half of the game at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati defeated Kansas City 36-21. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports
The Cincinnati Bengals have taken the NFL by storm, and as a result, they have a 6-0 record to show for it heading into the bye week. Several players have stood out throughout the season, which is a huge testament to the Bengals’ coaching staff for getting production out of a roster that disappointed in 2014. In addition, Cincinnati’s training staff should get some credit for working with the players and helping them stay healthy. At Stripe Hype, we’re obviously Bengals fans, so it could seem like we’re a little biased in saying that 10 Bengals players should make the Pro Bowl. But in all reality, these 10 guys all have legitimate Pro Bowl cases, and they should all make the Pro Bowl if their production continues through the second half of the season. Before I hit the top 10, here are some honorable mentions.
Oct 18, 2015; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill (32) runs the ball while avoiding tackles during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bengals beat the Bills 34 to 21. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
Jeremy Hill could make the Pro Bowl if he can gain some decent yards throughout the second half of the season. His five rushing touchdowns rank second among running backs, but his 3.1 yards-per-carry average is holding him back. Hill’s longest run of the season only went for 11 yards; he needs to break off some long runs.
Kevin Zeitler and Andre Smith have been solid on Cincinnati’s offensive line, keeping opposing defenses in check throughout the season. Zeitler has been a monster in the run game, while Smith has excelled in both the running and passing games, holding Justin Houston to zero sacks in Week 4 against the Kansas City Chiefs. He’s also gone an impressive 251 snaps in a row without giving up a sack in pass protection. Unfortunately, the Pro Bowl is still a popularity contest. Popular players who aren’t necessarily excelling are likely to reach the Pro Bowl over under-the-radar guys like Zeitler and Smith.
So without further ado, here are 10 Bengals who should without a doubt make the Pro Bowl (provided that their production doesn’t drop and that they stay healthy). If you think that I’m being biased, let me convince you otherwise. Hit me up on Twitter @HoweNFL and we can talk Bengals all day.
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