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Making the Grade: Which Bills Players Rumbled and Stumbled vs. the Bengals in Week 6?

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Jerry Hughes’ impressive play versus the Bengals was noticed by Pro Football Focus. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

The Buffalo Bills lost another close game on Sunday to the Cincinnati Bengals, 27-24 in overtime. The Bills currently sit at 2-4, but they’ve been in every game they’ve played this season. A big reason for Buffalo’s competitiveness is the talent on their team.

Starting this week, Making the Grade will take a look at Pro Football Focus‘ weekly ratings of Buffalo Bills players. If you aren’t familiar with Pro Football Focus (PFF for short) the site uses analytics to grade players (subscription required to access the database). A 0.0 weekly grade is considered average, regardless of position. When discussing each player’s performance, a breakdown will be given of the individual categories that make up the player’s overall grade.

Here’s a look at some Bills players who rumbled, or played well, against the Bengals, followed by some who stumbled, or didn’t play well.


First Downs and Flags: Bills Make Comeback But Fall to 2-4 in Overtime Loss to Bengals

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Da’Norris Searcy played a very active role on the Buffalo Bills defense in Sunday’s loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: John Maher

This past Sunday’s game looked from the beginning like we were going to have a great football game between the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals, and we did, well… sort of. Cincinnati scored a field goal on their opening drive and Buffalo replied with a touchdown, to which the Bengals answered back with a touchdown of their own.  It had the makings of a great game, and it turned out to be, but we had to wait for the fourth quarter for the true excitement, as the Bills did not score another touchdown between their first drive and the fourth quarter.

This was a game of quarters. After a stunning opening touchdown drive by Bills fill-in quarterback Thad Lewis gave the Bills a 7-3 lead, the Bengals dominated until the fourth quarter, when Lewis threw two touchdown passes to eliminate a 14-point deficit and force overtime.

The Bengals ultimately won in overtime on a 43-yard field goal attempt, but regardless, there were some great takeaways from this game, as well as some areas for the Bills that showed they need improvement.


Buffalo Bills Come Up Short in Overtime after Thad Lewis Leads Fourth-Quarter Comeback

Sunday, October 13th, 2013

Buffalo Bills quarterback Thad Lewis threw two touchdown passes to eliminate a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit, but the Bills ultimately lost to the Cincinnati Bengals, 27-24, in overtime. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Bringing back Brian Moorman to replace Shawn Powell at punter paid immediate dividends for the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. Replacing the punter, however, did not fix the deficiencies of the Bills’ punt coverage unit, which helped cost the Bills a second consecutive game when they allowed a 29-yard punt return to Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Brandon Tate in overtime of Sunday’s 27-24 home loss.

The Bills struggled for the majority of the first three quarters of Sunday’s game versus the Bengals on both offense and defense, but a valiant effort from both the offensive and defensive units pushed Buffalo into its first overtime game of the season.


Buffalo Bills vs. Cincinnati Bengals: Week 6 Live Game Thread

Sunday, October 13th, 2013

Thad Lewis’ debut has been the main storyline for the Buffalo Bills this week, but Jairus Byrd’s season debut should improve Buffalo’s secondary immensely. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

FINAL THOUGHTS: The Bills lost 27-24 to the Cincinnati Bengals in overtime on Sunday to fall to 2-4. Not many people expected the Bills to give the Bengals a game, but Thad Lewis almost helped Buffalo pull off the upset. The Bills came back late in the game with a 40 yard touchdown reception from Lewis to Marquise Goodwin, but in overtime the team couldn’t move the ball deep into their own territory. This led to a nice punt return from the Bengals which effectively put them into field goal range instantly.

It’s always hard to find silver linings in losses, but Buffalo nearly pulled off an upset with a quarterback that was on their practice squad one week ago. Lewis showed excellent touch on his deep passes today. He found T.J. Graham for a 47 yard reception, Marquise Goodwin for 40 yards and placed a ball where it needed to be deep to Goodwin earlier in the game. A blatant pass interference that wasn’t called prevented the catch from being made. Lewis only made one mistake in the game, a fumble as he was scrambling wildly. Overall, Bills fans should be thrilled with Lewis’ performance.

In the run game, C.J. Spiller averaged 5.5 yards per carry but was out for much of the second half with an injury. Fred Jackson was held to 35 yards on ten carries. The Bengals have an impressive defense and being held in check in the run game should not come as a surprise to anyone.

Defensively, the Bills struggled to stop the Bengals early in the game. BenJarvis Green-Ellis had 86 yards on 18 carries and Gio Bernard was effective in the passing game (6 receptions for 72 yards and a touchdown). Buffalo did cause one turnover, a Jim Leonhard interception in the first half. In the second half, Buffalo made adjustments and only held the Bengals to seven points.

The most talked about play this week will be Buffalo going for it on the Bengals one-yard line in the first half. Instead of going for a chip shot field goal, Buffalo attempted to punch it in for a touchdown. The play call was questionable, a Thad Lewis roll out. The play resulted in a sack for a loss of one yard and a big swing in momentum. No one truly knows if a Carpenter kick there would have won the game for Buffalo, but it’s going to be discussed a lot this week in local media.

Keep an eye out for Dan Hope’s thoughts on the game later today!


Week 6 Preview: Buffalo Bills vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Saturday, October 12th, 2013

Jairus Byrd’s return to the Buffalo Bills may finally happen Sunday, and it could provide a big spark to their defense. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills enter Week 6 at a critical, all-too-familiar stage in their season. Bringing a 2-3 record into a four-game stretch against teams with winning records, the Bills have to come up with multiple big wins to keep their season from falling apart.

The Bills were already set to be underdogs in each of their next four games, but the task of winning any of those games will be made significantly tougher because of the team’s quarterback situation. EJ Manuel is expected to miss at least those four games due to a sprained LCL in his left knee, which forced the team to promote Thad Lewis from their practice squad and make him the starting quarterback for Sunday’s game versus the Cincinnati Bengals.

Ranking 28th in the NFL with 196 yards per game, the Bills’ passing offense had already been sluggish this offseason, but it now falls upon the shoulders of Lewis to play the best football of his career and give the injury-plagued offense a necessary spark. That could prove to be a tough task against the Bengals defense, which ranks eighth in the NFL with 316.8 yards allowed per game and seventh in the NFL with 17.4 points allowed per game.

The Bills have alternated losses with wins through the first five weeks of the season, but continuing the pattern with an upset victory of the Bengals, with a quarterback who has not even been on an NFL 53-man roster this year until this week, could be too tall of a task.


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