The Cincinnati Bengals are in danger of making it to the postseason three straight years just to get bounced out of the first round each and every time. However, this is the first year since 2009 that Cincinnati is hosting a playoff game as the San Diego Chargers will head to the Midwest for Wild Card weekend. Of course, this will be the second Chargers-Bengals battle of the year with San Diego looking to avenge its Week 13 loss.
Moving on, Cincinnati heads into this playoff matchup with an absolute arsenal of offensive weapons. The talent group is spearheaded by A.J. Green, but Marvin Jones and Giovani Bernard both know how to put a show on of their own. However, one Bengal just hasn’t taken off like so many hoped he would. Rookie tight end Tyler Eifert came to Cincy with a boatload of expectations, but with two touchdowns the first-round pick has yet to find his niche at the NFL level.
Well, he’d better find it soon, because Andy Dalton and the Bengals are going to need his size and speed versus the Chargers.
San Diego head coach Mike McCoy is likely to have his defense key in on Green, leaving Dalton rather hamstrung. However, if Eifert establishes himself as a go-to target early and often then that would open Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden‘s playbook. At the end of the day: Eifert only has two touchdowns and 445 receiving yards on the season, but has a chance to really shine and give the Bengals their first playoff victory since 1990.