Analyzing Buffalo’s Win Over the Bengals

The Buffalo Bills have jumped to a 3-0 start for the first time since 2011 after a win against the Cincinnati Bengals in their home-opener. Although it was not a pretty win, Josh Allen led the Bills to a win, recording his fifth game-winning drive of his career.

Starting Out Hot

Buffalo looked slow at first but for the second week in a row, they had an offensive spark in the second quarter. On the one yard line, rookie tight end Dawson Knox rolled perfectly to the right to catch an effortless throw from Allen to put the Bills up 7-0. With how efficient the offense looked, head coach Sean McDermott decided to go for two and was rewarded with a Cole Beasley conversion.

Second Half Woes

The Bills put two field goals on the board, which put the score at 14-0 at halftime. Heading into the third, Allen was too confident in his play and made a poor cross-body throw to Beasley as he was eluding a sack and it got intercepted. Andy Dalton and the Bengals capitalized on the turnover and put their first touchdown on the board. As a result, Buffalo’s lead was narrowed to 14-7.

Crunch Time Heroics

Cincinnati continued to pour on ten more unanswered points, putting them up 17-14. With only five minutes left, Allen led the Bills down the field with intent to pull a comeback. Allen then hit Knox for a 20-yard reception, leading to a monstrous run from Knox as bulldozed through two defenders. With about two minutes remaining in regulation, Frank Gore ran the ball into the endzone, putting Buffalo up 21-17. Now Buffalo had to prevent Dalton and the Bengals from scoring.

Tre Day

Dalton led the Bengals down the field quickly and effectively, getting dangerously close to Buffalo’s redzone. With only seconds, safety Jordan Poyer tipped a pass to teammate Tre’Davious White for the game-winning interception. The game was closer than everyone wanted, but Buffalo got the job done and moved to 3-0.

On To The Patriots

A true test awaits the Bills in week four, as they prepare to play the 3-0 New England Patriots in Buffalo. Any chance the Bills have to win will ride on the back of Josh Allen. This Patriots defense has not allowed an offensive touchdown through three games and will be the biggest challenge to surmount.

If Allen is able to penetrate this defense, the Bills may have a chance to win. Buffalo’s defense also has to capitalize on New England’s injured offensive line. If the front seven are able to collapse Brady’s pocket and force some turnovers, Buffalo has a solid chance.

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