The Cincinnati Bengals improved to 6-0 by defeating the Buffalo Bills 34-21. The Bills were without QB Tyrod Taylor and dropped to 3-3. Here are three things we learned from each team from the Bengals' win over the Bills.
1. Andy Dalton Is Primed For A Career Year
Dalton added to his already impressive numbers this season by completing 22 of 33 passes for 243 yards, 3 TDs and no picks. While many won't trust Dalton until he proves himself in the playoffs, or at least in a night game, he's played great so far this season.
2. Running Back Situation Is Still A Committee
Last week, Gio Bernard saw the majority of the touches. This week, it was Jeremy Hill. The duo will likely each receive around 15 touches each per game. It's a shared backfield, and the Bengals are lucky to have two talented RBs.
3. Bengals Are Super Bowl Contenders
The Bengals are 6-0, with several quality wins. While it's understandable that many will doubt the Bengals, it's clear that they are a Super Bowl contender this year.
1. The Bills Need Sammy Watkins
Watkins caught four passes for 48 yards and a score before leaving the game on crutches with an ankle injury suffered on his TD catch. The Bills need Watkins playing and seeing plenty of targets. With Watkins out, and Percy Harvin too, the Bills were down to Charles Clay, Robert Woods and somebody named Chris Gragg as the top targets. I like both Woods and Clay, but they aren't as dynamic as Watkins. Hopefully, Watkins returns soon.
2. LeSean McCoy Can Still Play
This one is a bit obvious, but McCoy proved today that it's too early to write him off. McCoy missed time early this season, and even though he's not 100 percent, he played well against the Bengals. McCoy racked up 90 yards and a score on 17 carries.
3. The Bills Can Compete With E.J. Manuel At QB
Manuel wasn't perfect, but he played well enough that the Bills can compete and wins games with Manuel at QB while Tyrod Taylor is out. Manuel completed 28 of 42 passes for 263 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT in a situation where the Bills had to throw it a ton. He also added 22 yards and a score on the ground. It's not ideal, but the Bills can survive with Manuel at QB. The Bengals are a great team, so losing to them isn't the end of the world.Back to the Cincinnati Bengals Newsfeed