Week 6: Cincinnati Bengals 27, Buffalo Bills 24 (OT)- Post Game Thoughts

Thaddeus Lewis’s Bills!!!  They… almost get’r done against the favored Bengals at home in Orchard Park.  This one was a pretty interesting contest: each teams traded big momentum swings.  Cincy lead at one point 24-10 and then Buffalo fought their way back to force overtime.  Unfortunately, they let the game slip away from them in the extra frame, but they put up a battle nonetheless.  I can’t believe that E.J. Manuel would have fared better off in this one had he played.  I am, in no way, suggesting that Thad Lewis is a better option for Buffalo but rather the fact that he did a serviceable job filling in for the downed soldier.  Each team was able to mount a bit of a ground game, but the real difference was the aerial attack from Cincinnati.  The lack of weapons had to hurt the Bills here.  Stevie Johnson was a late scratch while the Bengals had their beast of a receiver at their disposal in A.J. Green.  Andy Dalton played pretty well on the road too, which was key.  Cincinnati plays very well at home, it is just when they are on the road where they come out a bit flat.  If this team can consistently play well away from home they can be one of the better squads in the AFC.  Meanwhile, the Bills put forth a solid effort in a game that many did not give them much of a chance to win.  It was a good effort and Doug Marrone has to appreciate that as the team tries to look for something to build on going forward.

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