When the Cincinnati Bengals went into their bye week, the AFC North was led by Pittsburgh. They emerge to an AFC North now led by Baltimore.
The division is certainly up for grabs this season, which is good news for the Bengals, who had an up-and-down first half of the season that ended with a tie against Washington. It looked like the Steelers' division to lose at the beginning of the season, but Pittsburgh has now lost three straight, and the Ravens stopped a four-game losing streak to regain the division lead by defeating the Steelers on Sunday. It's a sign of how up-and-down this season has been. The Bengals still have two games against the Ravens and another one against the Steelers coming up, so who ends up on top at the end is anyone's guess.
The Bengals aren't likely to gain much ground this week considering the Ravens play the winless Browns, but they need to maintain their footing with a win against the Giants on "Monday Night Football". Tyler Eifert gives Bengals a spark: Sure, the Bengals ended the first half of the season in a tie that A.J. Green described as a 'blah' feeling, but they do have one reason to be optimistic. After falling to last place in red-zone efficiency, the Bengals now rank 18th in the league. cheap nfl jerseys
Could that move be attributed to the return of Pro Bowl tight end Tyler Eifert? It certainly doesn't hurt. The Bengals scored a touchdown on all four of their red-zone possessions. Green, who has had two consecutive games of at least 120 receiving yards, noticed teams have been devoting less safety help his way now that they also have to account for Eifert. Perhaps that trend will continue against the Giants, who rank 25th in passing defense, wholesale nfl jerseys from china allowing 277 passing yards-per-game. Bengals' record on "Monday Night Football" isn't stellar: The Bengals are 11-22 all-time on "Monday Night Football". They lost both of their "Monday Night Football" contests last season -- against Denver and Houston. The Giants are 24-38 on "Monday Night Football". The teams have met only nine times, with the Bengals holding a 6-3 record. Giants have worst rushing attack in the league: The Giants are averaging 68.3 rushing yards-per-game, which ranks last in the league. There's no Ezekiel Elliott here, as the Giants leading rusher Rashad Jennings is averaging 2.6 yards per carry. The Giants now appear to be going with a committee of Jennings and rookie Paul Perkins, who received a career-high 14 touches against the Eagles on Sunday, catching three passes for 15 yards and running for 32 yards on 11 carries. cheap jerseys The Bengals have allowed two 100-yard rushers this season -- Browns backup quarterback Kevin Hogan rushed for 104 yards against them and Elliott rushed for 134 yards in a loss to the Cowboys. Place-kicker Mike Nugent is struggling: Mike Nugent has missed three field goals and an extra point attempt in the past three games, leading the team to try out kickers during the bye week. The Bengals didn't sign anyone, but Nugent is certainly on notice heading into the second half of the season. It's notable that Nugent's longest field goal is 47 yards, which ranks 27th among the 34 kickers who have attempted at least one field goal this season. He has missed all three attempts from 50 yards or longer. Jeremy Hill, Green can move up in record books: Hill needs only nine yards to pass Paul Robinson for sole possession of 12th-place all time in franchise rushing history.nfl jerseys cheap Hill has 2,441 rushing yards, but Giovani Bernard is right behind him with 2,404. Hill is already tied for eighth in franchise rushing touchdowns with 25. He can tie Ickey Woods for sixth place if he gets to 27 touchdowns. Green needs 35 receiving yards to pass Isaac Curtis for second all-time in Bengals receiving yards. A stat Dalton would take back: Quarterback Andy Dalton has already surpassed Carson Palmer in career sacks as a Bengal. Palmer played seven seasons in Cincinnati and was sacked 160 times. Dalton, now in his sixth season, has been sacked 165 times. Dalton has been sacked 25 times this season, and is on track to surpass his career-high -- and Bengals record -- of 46 sacks this season.wholesale nfl jerseys