Rookies Eifert, Bernard give Bengals' offense a different look, much tougher to stop

Two rookies are making the Bengals' offense very tough to stop — so long as Andy Dalton keeps his cool, that is.

First-round pick Tyler Eifert and second-round choice Giovani Bernard made the biggest plays during a 20-10 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night that gave Cincinnati (1-1) an early edge in the AFC North.

Eifert caught a 61-yard pass against one of the NFL's stingiest defenses, setting up the first of Bernard's two touchdowns. The running back got the second one by turning a short pass into a 27-yard score.

Once Dalton settled down, the Bengals piled up 407 yards and did pretty much whatever they wanted in the fourth quarter to put it away.

Cincinnati hosts Green Bay (1-1) on Sunday.


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