Buffalo falls to the Bengals. Are you serious?
Well, the Bills took a stumble last weekend against the Bengals of Cincinnati by a close score of 23-20 . Why? Well, maybe you can figure it out, because the Bills faithful watching in Buffalo could not.
The Bills arrived in Cincy sporting an impressive 3-0 record and more importantly coming off a big win against the New England Patriots. The Bills knew they had a target on their back being that they were undefeated and no one in the free world thought they would or could win three games total, however the Bills were out to prove all the haters wrong. Even though the game got off to a slow start for both teams, the scoreboard would see the Bengals score first with a field goal by kicker Mike Nugent.
Moving on to the second quarter, the Bills would find their stride by first scoring on a 43 yard field goal by Rian Lindell and later by a 43 yard touchdown interception by DB Bryan Scott. However, it wasn’t till later in the second quarter that the Bills running game would find the end zone compliments of Fred Jackson who finished the game with 66 yards on 17 attempts and a long of 21 yards.
Coming out after halftime, the Bills defense would see the Bengals score 10 unanswered points making the score 17-13, Bills. Overall, the Bills defense didn’t have that bad of a game picking off Cincy QB Andy Dalton twice in the game and holding the running game to just shy of 150 yards. Dalton would go on to throw for 298 yards, but no touchdowns. Furthermore, it was the Bills defense who kept this game as close as they did, because the offense was horrible. Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick finished the game with 199 yards passing on 20-for-34. The other Bills interception would come from George Wilson, who has come on as of late this season, lead the team in tackles this game with eight.
The fourth quarter would bring about a nail bitter ending only after the Bills would see Rian Lindell kick another field goal, which would be the last points of the game for Buffalo. When it was all said and done, the Bengals scored one more touchdown in the quarter and would go on to kick the game winning field goal with three seconds left compliments of Mike Nugent.
It was a sad ending for what should have turned into another win for the Bills improving their record to 4-0 as they welcome the Eagles this weekend. The Eagles, although packed with talent, can not seem to win and they are frustrated. The frustration can work either way when playing the Bills this weekend. If they are frustrated about not living up to the hype of the money they spent in the off-season, then the Bills will beat them, however, if the Eagles are frustrated because they are not winning in stellar fashion, which they have not been doing, then they could beat the Bills. With this said, although similar sounding comparison, the Bills can beat the Eagles this weekend in front of a sold out Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo.
In closing, the offense better find its way into the end zone again, otherwise the defense will get tired chasing Eagles QB, Michael Vick and RB, Ronnie Brown all over the field.