The Buffalo Bills were unable to capitalize off three Bengal turnovers in a 20-16 loss at Paul Brown Stadium.
To the Buffalo Bills’ credit the injury bug became an issue right away on Sunday.
There is already a lack of depth in the teams receiving core with the Jordan Matthews injury suffered last week.
Early in the game, Charles Clay went down with what looked to be a nasty knee injury and the Bills did not have an answer.
He is expected to be out for “multiple weeks.”
Clay has been used often this year and his lack of presences was obvious in the passing game.
Although, to give the Bengals credit, they showed up very prepared.
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However, credit should be given to Marvin Lewis.
The long tenured Bengals coach did an outstanding job.
His defense exposed Tyrod Taylor‘s weaknesses and made him stand in the pocket more and wouldn’t let him run around. They held him to three total rush yards.
The Bills were held to only 221 yards despite having the ball for almost 30 minutes. Tyrod had little help from the banged up O-Line and the Bengals capitalized off that.
The Bengals ‘ offense tried really hard to keep the Bills in the game. Andy Dalton threw two cheap picks but hey, they count.
AJ Green had an AJ Green performance (a 77 yard TD and 189 yards) but he lost a fumble that gave the Bills a sliver of hope.
With three turnovers, and having the ball for 29:59 minutes, the Bills should have scored more than 16 points, all the things I previously mentioned played a factor but they also just flat-out failed to execute.
With the loss the Bills fell to 3-2.
Tyrod Taylor threw an INT late in the 4th quarter to end the franchise record for most quarters without a turnover.
But the positives of the games are that this was only their first conference loss.
The Bills still sit atop in the AFC East.
The injury bug is real in western New York, and the Bills have the bye week coming up next so they have time to get a little healthy and be ready to go.
The bye week is followed by two straight home games, where they sit at 2-0 on the year.
“The Gloveless Wonder” Nick O’Leary led the team in receiving with 54 yards.
Micah Hyde had another interception to remain in the league lead with four.
“Hausch-Money” was perfect on field goals AGAIN.
This marks another game the Bills did not give up more than 20 points, which they have yet to do all year.
The Bills have a much-needed by week.
After the bye, the Bills play host to the Buccaneers on October 22nd.