It wasn’t a pretty game by any stretch of the imagination, but in a game that saw both teams lose their biggest playmakers in the first half, Buffalo won the battle of attrition. The Bills lost LeSean McCoy and Robert Woods to injuries in the first half, while the Bengals lost A.J. Green on third play from scrimmage.
Buffalo’s offense proved to be more effective, especially when it came to their rushing attack. Mike Gillisleeand rookie Jonathan Williamspicked up the slack for McCoy and Tyrod Taylor chipped in as the three rushed for 137 yards and helped the team average 5.4 yards per carry.
That combined with a Bills defense that forced Cincinnati’s offense to go three-and-out four consecutive times between the third and fourth quarter and just 37 second half yards before their final drive, was enough to post a 16-12 victory. Full recap & boxscore at BuffaloBills.com
MORE POSTGAME COVERAGE ONLINE:
– Gillislee, Williams help prop up Bills running game (BuffaloBills.com)
– What they’re saying: Bills players react to their win in Cincinnati (BuffaloBills.com)
– Maiorana: Rex Ryan’s defense sputtered early, finished strong (Democrat & Chronicle)
– Depleted Bills hold on for 16-12 win over Bengals (WHEC)
– PITONIAK: Bills keep their slim playoff hopes alive (WROC)
– Buffalo escapes Cincinnati with a win (WROC)