The Bills defeated Cincinnati Bengals and remained unbeaten 3-0. Counting the preseason, this is seven consecutive victories, and I start seven times with arrows pointing upwards.
The Bills played perhaps the best 30 minutes of defense I've seen in my six seasons as a side report editor for the team. They were absolutely outstanding from the first hit to the last game of the half. The Bengals were 76 yards in the first two quarters. The bills took the ball twice and stifled everything Cincinnati wanted to do. QB Andy Dalton did not complete a pass in the first quarter, finishing the first half at 5 against 1
The timeless miracle has done it again. Gore showed why the Bills still believed in investing in him and even letting go of LeSean McCoy before the season began. He shot through holes and moved across the goal line, making a total of 76 yards with 14 runs (averaging 5.4 yards / carry) and adding a pair of catches for another 13 yards.
Knox had an unfortunate game when he dropped the ball just around the 5 yard line. Besides, he had two of the biggest games in the game, which helped the Bills to victory. He first came across the formation and was opened in the final zone for a first-time JD for a first-time TD pass from Josh Allen. Then, as the Bills needed the most drive, Knox took a pass from Allen, a stiff-armed defender, and ran over another on his way to a win of 49 yards to found the TD who won the game. He landed with 3 catches for 67 yards and the TD.
Beasley did not have overwhelming numbers, but he did exactly what he expected most when the bills signed him – becoming a security blanket for Josh Allen. Beasley finished the game with 8 catches for 48 yards and had after the first hit also the big two-point conversion catch.
QB Josh Allen makes something out of nothing
It was a pretty uneven day for Allen. He did some good and some pretty bad things (see arrow down). His positive was to do something out of nothing. Several times Allen extended the game with his legs, then he was either run or thrown to make a profit. Because of his competitiveness, he always looks for games, even if it does not look as if he would be able to do so. And his size and athleticism allow him to do it. Allen's overall numbers were pretty good, at 23 to 36 (63.9%) for 243 yards and a touchdown. He also ran 9 times for 46 yards, giving him 289 yards total offense that day.
The Bengali recipient John Ross came second overall when he received yards, but the Bills held him for only 22 yards on just 2 catches. They did a tremendous job keeping Ross in front of him and not allowing him to stay open in the field.
White had his first career two-interception game and the first multi-interception day with a Bills cornerback since Stephon Gilmore in 2016 (also against the Bengals and QB Andy Dalton). White fought a defeat and defended two passes.
Hyde was involved in two bills, starting with a large streak of John Ross football, until he tipped the pass White picked to seal the game. He also had 5 tackles, one of which was lost.
Phillips was annoying throughout the game and finished the game with three tackles, including two for losses, one extra sack and two quick beats.
The Bengals have only converted three of their eleven relegation chances, which is only 27%.
- Sean McDermott's 2-Point Decision
Bills' head coach made a critical and correct decision for two after the Bengals were called a rod-penalty after being touched for the first time in an original PAT kick attempt. The penalty put the ball on the one-yard line. The resulting 2 points turned out to be huge, forcing the Bengals to hit a TD too late rather than just a field goal for a draw.
- QB Josh Allen's Critical Mistakes
As mentioned above, Allen's competitiveness and mentality allow him to make games that others can not. But these traits can also often lead to bad decisions and games, and he had some of them, including a fumble he had lost, but fortunately the Bengali defender had one foot out of bounds and then a terrible decision to pass while he fell backwards and no real chance to complete. It was intercepted. Allen's "hero ball" instinct has been shown in some way in the first three games so far. Sunday it finally bit him and almost helped to cost a loss.
The defense of Bills was pretty impressive in the first half. They were very good in the third quarter but looked like another unit in the closing stages and not for the better. The Bengals started their running game, which also led to some big passing games. Cincinnati was up 189 yards in the fourth quarter. They only had 117 the entire other three quarters together.
- RB T.J. Yeldon's Fumble
After betting 11-0 at the start of the second half, the Bills had a chance to break away from Bengals' 15-yard line. T.J. Yeldon ran to the left and fumbled the ball away.
- Too Many Runs to Isaiah McKenzie
Offensive Coordinator Brian Daboll went to the well too often when he asked McKenzie for an end-round on the 3rd and 1st on a critical drive in Q3. McKenzie was stopped for a 3-yard loss, and the bills dulled. It was the third handover to McKenzie and the second in three games.
THE BIG PICTURE
We've all heard it before: "Well, if the Bills play that against the Patriots, they'll probably be killed." right. Or how about, "they have not read anybody well yet." That could be right too.
Yes. The Patriots are the defending Super Bowl champions and once again really good. And the combined records of the teams that beat the Bills so far are 1-8. But here's the thing – none of this has anything to do with the win against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. And none of this takes away one of the three victories they have achieved so far.
Do you know who is still 3-0 and has not done well? The patriots. In fact, the combined records of the teams they played are 0-9. Obviously no one thinks the pats are not good, but you understand that when one of the teams wakes up on Monday morning and is ready to play against each other next week, they do not care.
All the Bills – or Everyone can play the teams on their schedule and try to win every game. And so far they have done that and done it again in a completely different way than any of the first two victories. Week one, hit the jets by coming from behind through two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. In week two you defeat the giants by controlling most of the game. In the third week, they beat the Bengals after taking control early. Then they lost the lead late and rallied for victory.
Ugly victories, pretty victories getting away with a win. It does not matter what you want to call it. If the word "win" is included, it's fine. Sunday was a good day for the bills. They have improved to 3: 0 for the first time since 2011. Now we know what it's like to have high expectations. The bills were 6-point favorites in this game. Many people felt that they would have an easier time with the Bengals and had already joined the Patriots after a week. But Cincinnati had other ideas, and thanks to the great help of the Bills, who had made several critical mistakes, would have nearly spoiled the entire prelude party. Well, yes, if they do that against New England, they'll probably lose. But they did not play New England. They will do that next week.
And what kind of week is this? It's the only game in the entire fixture, where two 3: 0 teams play against each other. Billing fans often wonder or even complain about when their team will enjoy "more respect" and be recognized by the national media. Well, the second part of it is imminent. A win and the first part will surely follow.
No matter what you thought when you went to the Bengals game, whether it was concern and worry, the bills could lose, or already record it as a victory and look at the patriots, it does not matter because now is officially Patriots Week.
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