The Cincinnati Bengals are now 0-3 after losing yet another nail biter to the Buffalo Bills in Buffalo.
The Bengals offense was non-existent in the first half after not getting a first down until 1:57 left in the second quarter when quarterback Andy Dalton hit Auden Tate for 24 yards to move the sticks. Andy Dalton finished the game with 20 completions on 36 attempts for 249 yards, 1 passing touchdown, 1 rushing touchdown and 2 interceptions. Joe Mixon finally looked like his old self as he rushed for 61 yards on 15 carries and 2 receptions for 34 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver Tyler Boyd had a quiet first half, like everyone on offense, but in the second half he came up big with a couple of 3rd and long receptions for first downs in the 4th quarter. Wide receiver Auden Tate got the start as well and had a great game with 6 catches for 88 yards.
Unlike last week, the Bengals defense played pretty well considering how much they were on the field. For how much they had to play and how bad the offense was, going into the half only down 14-0 was a win. They forced a turnover when defensive lineman Sam Hubbard stripped Bills running back T.J. Yeldon deep in Bengals territory in the 2nd quarter. The Bengals should have had another fumble recovery when Josh Allen got stripped by Bengals defensive back Brandon Wilson, linebacker Nick Vigil fell on the ball while inbounds then he rolled out of bounds after recovering the ball but the refs said he was out of bounds.
The Bengals looked liked the same team that the 49ers blew out last week in the first half, but in the second half they looked like a completely different team as they fought back and showed heart. Darius Phillips took a kick return 92 yards to the house when the Bengals were down 8-0 but it was called back on a soft holding call on Auden Tate and I believe if that would have stood they would have a 1 in the win column. The Bengals look ahead to Pittsburgh next week as they play the 0-3 Steelers on Monday Night Football.