Coming off a huge win against the New England Patriots last week the Cincinnati Bengals traveled to Buffalo to take on the Bills
this Sunday while looking to take the lead in the AFC North. A season that has been confusing at times has seemingly made sense the last two weeks with back to back wins. A 27-24 win in overtime has shows this Bengals team is different than those of years past.
In years past the Cincinnati Bengals would have collapsed after giving up a 14 point lead in the fourth quarter. Instead this Sunday the Bengals would come back and win in overtime behind a 43 yard Mike Nugent field goal.
Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton looked better today that he has in the last few weeks. Dalton went 26/40 for 337 yards, 3 touchdowns and 1 interception. The incompletion rate for Dalton needs to drop, if he could be a little more accurate Dalton could be one of the best in the league.
Cincinnati’s rushing offense had a change of face this weekend. BenJarvus Green-Ellis was the face of the running game this Sunday. His 18 carries for 86 yards led the team, his brute force power running style is a change of pace from the flashy style that Giovanni Bernard brings to the offense. Bernard had 15 carries for only 28 yards. The Cincinnati run game is definitely much better than it has been in the past few seasons.
The receiving corps for the Bengals was led by Pro-Bowl wide out AJ Green whose 6 receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown led the team. Giovani Bernard also had 6 receptions for 72 yards and 1 touchdown. Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu also got in on the action with 5 receptions each.
Cincinnati has a potent offense this season, their defense has been just as good. Today though the defense struggled a bit at times, especially in the fourth quarter.
Giving up two 20+ yard touchdown passes in the fourth quarter is never ideal. Especially when it sends the game to overtime. But the defense did play well on Sunday. Led by Vontaze Burfict who had 11 tackles on the day the Bengals were able to pressure Bills quarterback Thaddeus Lewis. The defense was able to sack Lewis 5 times on Sunday, pressuring the quarterback has been a strong point for the Bengals this season, the Packers game was the perfect example.
A win is a win even if the game went to overtime. With that win the Bengals move into first place in the AFC North, a depleted North should lead to an easy Bengals division championship should they keep playing as well as they have.
Cincinnati travels to Detroit next week to take on the Lions at 1pm ET.