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.
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, allowing 277 passing yards-per-game.