Bills vs Bengals – The Buffalo Bills lost 24-18 to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday Night Football, dropping to a 5-4 season record.
Late Comeback Falls Short The Bills tried to mount a comeback, but the Bengals managed to hold onto their lead and run out the clock.
Opening Drives The Bengals won the coin toss and scored first, with tight end Irv Smith reaching the end zone. Quarterback Joe Burrow has an impressive record of 21-2 when scoring on the game’s first drive.
Bills’ Response Quarterback Josh Allen led an 85-yard drive that resulted in a two-yard rushing touchdown for him.
Bills’ Offensive Struggles Despite a strong opening drive, the Bills faced difficulties moving the ball. They only crossed the 50-yard line five times out of nine drives and often started deep in their own territory.
Late Bills Touchdown The Bills managed to score again when trailing 24-10, with Josh Allen finding Stefon Diggs for a 17-yard touchdown, followed by a successful two-point conversion.
Bengals Secure the Win The Bengals maintained control and ran down the clock to secure the victory.
Missed Opportunities The Bills missed a critical opportunity in the red zone, resulting in a field goal for the Bengals.
Key Players Rookie tight end Dalton Kincaid had an impressive game with 10 receptions for 81 yards, leading the team. Stefon Diggs, who has 70 receptions this season, contributed with 86 yards and a touchdown.
Bills Defense Despite losing middle linebacker Terrel Bernard to a concussion, the Bills’ defense held the Bengals to just three points in the second half.
Stats and Facts
- Josh Allen’s rushing touchdown in the first quarter marked his 44th career rushing touchdown, surpassing Steve Young for the second-most by a quarterback.
- The Bills had their lowest time of possession in the first half during Josh Allen’s career.
- Dalton Kincaid caught 88.8 percent of his targets, one of the league’s highest rates.
- Stefon Diggs set a record with his 36th receiving touchdown, surpassing Elbert Dubenion.
- The loss was the first Sunday Night Football loss for head coach Sean McDermott and Josh Allen.
- Joe Burrow had 348 passing yards and two touchdowns in his first regular season matchup against Bills quarterbacks coach Joe Brady.
- 1st Quarter: BUF 0 CIN 7 – Joe Burrow to Irv Smith for a 7-yard touchdown.
- 1st Quarter: BUF 7 CIN 7 – Josh Allen’s 2-yard rushing touchdown.
- 1st Quarter: BUF 7 CIN 14 – Joe Mixon’s 2-yard rushing touchdown.
- 2nd Quarter: BUF 7 CIN 21 – Joe Burrow to Drew Sample for a 22-yard touchdown.
- 3rd Quarter: BUF 10 CIN 21 – Tyler Bass’ 34-yard field goal.
- 4th Quarter: BUF 10 CIN 24 – Evan McPherson’s 20-yard field goal.
- 4th Quarter: Josh Allen to Stefon Diggs for a 17-yard touchdown, followed by a successful two-point conversion.