Thanksgiving dinner is one of the best meals of the year in America with lots of delicious food. Everybody has different opinions on the different Thanksgiving offerings and which are their favorites. Even though people have different feelings about Thanksgiving food, there are certain foods that are staples at every Thanksgiving.
And just like how certain foods are key for Thanksgiving, there are certain Bengals that are key to the team. When you look at it, Bengals players and Thanksgiving foods have a lot in common.
1. Andy Dalton as mashed potatoes
Andy Dalton is a player that has had his shinning moments as a quarterback, especially in 2015. Mashed potatoes on their own generally don’t have a lot of flavor and need other things with them to really make them shine (butter, garlic, milk, cream, salt). That is just like Dalton; he needs talent around him to win. If you combine the right things with mashed potatoes though it has the potential to be a star at your holiday dinner.
2. Vontaze Burfict as turkey
The centerpiece of the Bengals’ defense is Vontaze Burfict, a superstar linebacker. Turkey is the centerpiece of Thanksgiving and the real star of the show. Everything is reliant on the turkey as the main protein of the meal. Everything would likely fall apart without the turkey. Burfict is like turkey because he is what holds the defense together and keeps it running smoothly.
3. Geno Atkins as stuffing
Stuffing goes with the turkey and generally you don’t have turkey without the stuffing. It is Atkins’ ability to get pressure up the middle and split blocks that helps let Burfict run clean. On top of that, there is a relation in the naming of Atkins’ job and stuffing. Atkins’ main job is to stuff up the holes in the defensive line. He is constantly stuffing running backs at the line and stuffing quarterbacks for sacks. Who would have thought Geno and stuffing have so much in common!
4. A.J. Green as gravy
Where would mashed potatoes be without gravy? That is the main question to ask when comparing A.J. Green to gravy. Green gets Dalton out of trouble all the time and is one of the most dominant receivers in the NFL. Gravy also brings the whole meal together, as Green brings the whole team together as a role model. Gravy goes on top of the turkey and mashed potatoes combining everything into a coherent bunch.
5. Tyler Eifert as rolls
Well made rolls are delicious, and they go excellently with Thanksgiving dinner. As delicious as they are, it never seems that you get enough of them to be satisfied. Tyler Eifert is like rolls in that he is as talented as rolls are delicious. Also just like rolls though you never feel like you get enough of Eifert to be satisfied. Eifert is one of the best tight ends in the NFL. However, he hasn’t played enough games in his career so far due to injury. In fact, he’s missed more than half the games he’s been eligible for in his NFL career. We need more rolls and we need more Eifert!