Oct 4, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert (85) makes a catch in the first half against the Kansas City Chiefs at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 36-21. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
1. Tyler Eifert
Much of the success in the Bengals passing game can be attributed to Tyler Eifert. This year, the tight end has been able to overcome the injury bug that has plagued each of his first two seasons in the league and the difference has shown. Eifert has recorded 28 receptions for 342 yards and a team high six touchdown receptions.
Against a leaky Steelers secondary, it will be key for Dalton to build a report with Eifert early in this matchup. In their first seven games, the Steelers have allowed 44 receptions for 465 yards and six touchdowns against opposing tight ends. In addition, if Eifert is able to cause concerns for the Steelers defense early it will create big play opportunities for A.J. Green and Marvin Jones on the outside.
This matchup bodes well for Eifert because the Steelers defense has particularly struggled against big name tight ends this year. In Week 1 against the New England Patriots, Rob Gronkowski recorded five receptions for 94 yards and three touchdowns and in Week 5 against the San Diego Chargers, Antonio Gates hauled in nine receptions for 92 yards and two touchdowns.
Eifert will certainly be a player to watch because of the dynamic role he plays in the Bengals offense.
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