The Bills had another opportunistic day on defense as they forced three turnovers, which the offense turned into 10 points. But the Bills run game was shut down by Cincinnati’s stout defensive front and their passing game was just too inconsistent. In the end it cost them in a 20-16 loss to the Bengals.
A 10-10 tie at the half between the Bengals and Bills stayed that way until the end of the third quarter. Buffalo went ahead on a Stephen Hauschka field goal, only to surrender the lead one possession later on a Joe Mixon touchdown run early in the fourth quarter (17-13).
A 40-yard punt return by Brandon Tate put the Bills in scoring territory, but they could only manage a field goal to pull within a point with nine minutes remaining. It would be as close as the Bills would get.
After converting five of their first 10 third down situations in the first half, they converted just one of eight in the second half.
On their last three possessions the Bills gained just seven yards on 13 plays, while Cincinnati went for 135 on 21 plays with a touchdown and field goal to show for it before their late interception sealed the game and the Bengals ran out the clock.
The loss dropped the Bills to 3-2 on the season. Read More
MORE POSTGAME REACTION:
– Bills offense horrendous in 20-16 loss to the Bengals (D&C)
– Top 3 things we learned from Bills-Bengals (BuffaloBills.com)
– Pitoniak: Bills offense drops the ball in disappointing loss (WROC)
– What they’re saying: Bills lament missed opportunities in loss to Cincinnati (BuffaloBills.com)
– Bills squander chances in Cincy loss (WROC)
– Bills report card: If there was a grade of G (grounded) then the Bills earned it (D&C)
– Bills TE Charles Clay leaves Bengals game with knee injury (WROC)