In this day and age, your team cannot succeed with just one major offensive weapon.
Long gone are the days where you could just hope one guy could make all the plays needed to win games for you. You need a handful of players who can compliment each other and make enough plays to help the team succeed. Fortunately for the Cincinnati Bengals, they have quite a few guys who can do that, but mainly two big time targets that shined this past season: wide receiver A.J. Green and tight end Tyler Eifert.
Exactly how good were Green & Eifert as a tandem? Well if you ask Quarterback Andy Dalton, they certainly made his life much easier. Leading the team to another division title scoring a combined 23 Touchdowns, and each earning a trip to the Pro Bowl.
Eifert, with 13 trips to the end zone this season while missing three games became one of the best red zone targets in the NFL. While guys like Rob Gronkowski and Greg Olsen continue to get the recognition of the best tight end’s in the league, Eifert getting his first chance to be a big time player in the NFL, took that ball and ran with it.
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A.J. Green continues to show he is one of the true elite wideouts in the NFL. This season Green racked up 10 Touchdowns, another 1000 yard season, and continued to shine and at times, put the Bengals on his back.
Green and Eifert also managed to be one of just three tandems in the NFL to each have 10 touchdowns along with the New York Jets stars Branson Marshall & Eric Decker (14 for Marshall, 12 for Decker) and the Allen’s from the Jacksonville Jaguars Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns (14 for Robinson, 10 for Hurns). Neither the Jets or Jaguars were playoff teams like the Bengals with Eifert and Green.
The Bengals are very fortunate to have two of the best at their respective positions in this great game. While they continue to develop as top tier talents in the NFL these guys will in fact be a huge part of the Bengals future as they not only chase that first postseason win, but also records and championships.