In a game between the Bills and the Bengals that was battled out in the rain, it was the Bengals that came out victorious against Buffalo 20-16. This game was a tough one to watch for Bills fans.
The downfall of this loss started on a 77 yard pass from Andy Dalton to A.J. Green that went for six points. Both teams then put up a field goal each before the Bills tied the game at 10 when Tyrod Taylor went to Brandon Tate for a 12 yard touchdown pass. Buffalo then went on to only score 6 more points through field goals while the Bengals running back Joe Nixon saw the endzone and Randy Bullock kicked the game winning field goal.
The Bills fall to 3-2 on the season heading into their bye week. With the success the Bills had the past two weeks with their victories over the Broncos and Falcons, what went wrong in this game?
First, the injury bug has hit Buffalo. Charles Clay went down with a knee injury that now he’ll be out for sometime. Ramon Humber, Jordan Matthews and E.J. Gaines are dealing with their injuries from last week. Even Taylor seemed to have been injured on a play when he went down and Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins went down on him, causing Taylor to hold his arm but he continued to play.
What caught my eye was Taylor holding the ball too long at certain times. Taylor was sacked six times and most of them happened because he held the ball too long. Is Tyrod to blame for those sacks? Not entirely. The receiving core that the Bills had needed to get open often and as soon as possible. The offensive line also look awful, not protecting Taylor and the running game once again could not get going.
I believed the Bills running game would be out of this world with LeSean McCoy, but through five weeks McCoy has barely contributed to the offense. He hasn’t scored a touchdown yet this season. It’s been all about the passing game the Bills have tried to utilize these last couple of weeks which is either a make or break offense.
The Bills are going to have to figure out more problems that they have going into their bye week. The biggest thing the Bills need to worry about is getting the players’ their rest. They have a tough matchup against the Buccaneers so they should take advantage of these next two weeks to rest up and prepare their game plan for Tampa Bay.