To think that the Bills are on top of the AFC East ahead of the defending Super Bowl champions, New England Patriots is a different feeling that Bills fans have been waiting for, for years. They currently sit at 3-1, first place in their division and they picked up two huge wins the last two weeks against the Denver Broncos and the Atlanta Falcons.
Heading into Week 5, they will travel once again to take on Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals are struggling, but they picked their first win against a winless Browns team last week. With Buffalo starting out strong this season, is this game more of a trap game rather than an easily projected game?
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If their is one thing that is true about the NFL, it’s that you don’t take any opponent lightly. Look at what happened last seasons with Chargers last season when they lost to a Browns team that was just about to go 0-16 up until Week 16 when they defeated the Chargers to get their first win of last season. Or even the Dolphins in Week 3 when they took on the Jets. The Dolphins have struggled this season with Jay Cutler as their quarterback, but I believed that they could have handled the Jets no problem, but they couldn’t.
With this upcoming game between the Bills and the Bengals, the Bills come in at 3-1 and the Bengals stand at 1-3. Yes, the Bengals won last week, but it was against a weak Browns team that has showed us that their offseason success was nothing but hype. The Bills on the other hand have taken down two teams that were undefeated, one who has a top defense and the other one who has a top offense.
I’m not saying that the Bills are walking into a trap game, but they can’t underestimate this Bengals team. Buffalo needs to take them just as serious as they did with Denver and Atlanta. The Bills are going to be playing without key players like Jordan Matthews and Ramon Humber, both have contributed to the team’s success but I believe that Sean McDermott knows how to work around these absences.
I wouldn’t label this a trap game. It’s more of a don’t underestimate your opponent type of matchup. The Bengals are the weaker team coming in, but Buffalo is banged up so they’ll need to stay focused and just focus on playing Bills football to secure a win and head into their bye week at 4-1.