Bengals vs. Texans: 3 Bold Predictions

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3. Tyler Eifert sets the Bengals franchise record for touchdowns by a tight end.

This has been a special year for the Bengals offense as a unit and for many players individually. One reason the offense has been so special has been the emergence of Tyler Eifert. Eifert leads all NFL pass-catchers with an impressive nine touchdowns. In second place, New England’s Rob Gronkowski and Odell Beckham have eight TD’s apiece; however, they’ve both played one more game than Eifert, who could extend his lead in tonight’s matchup.

Through eight weeks, Eifert has tied the Cincinnati Bengals’ franchise record for touchdowns by a Bengals tight end in a season. Only Bob Trumpy (in 1969) and Rodney Holman (in 1989) have recorded as many touchdowns in a season as Eifert. But it took 16 games for each of these players to catch nine touchdowns; Eifert has nine touchdowns through eight games, and he could take sole possession of the franchise record with just one touchdown catch tonight.

Eifert’s presence on the field helps create mismatches for defenses who have to choose whether to double-team Eifert, or whether to double-team his teammate, A.J. Green, who could actually be the more lethal weapon in this Bengals offense. This also leaves opportunities for other passing targets like Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones to make plays as well.

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With a lot of attention and effort spent defending the Bengals’ pass attack, this also creates opportunities in the run game. A nightmare for opposing coaches and defenders, the Bengals offense is incredibly efficient and composed, especially in the red zone. It will be extremely difficult for the Houston Texans to try and keep all of the Bengals’ offensive weapons out of the end zone. Eifert will have more than a chance to take sole possession of break the Bengals’ franchise record for most touchdown receptions by a tight end in a season against the Texans on Monday night.

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