It is already week 6 of the 2013 NFL season, and with the Cincinnati Bengals (3-2) travelling to play the banged up Buffalo Bills (2-3) in what should be a win for the orange and black. With the Bengals holding Tom Brady and the New England Patriots to a measly six points, the Buffalo Bills offense should have trouble getting first downs with practice squad and former Browns backup quarterback Thad Lewis at the helm. Granted, a fall derecho washed away any hopes of a 4th quarter comeback last week for the Patriots in front of a sellout crowd at Paul Brown Stadium, but that doesn’t take away from how well the Bengals defense played.
The Bengals have moved the ball well on offense, but went nearly a game and a half without scoring a touchdown. The Bills defense is hit and miss so far this season, but Mario Williams and Marcel Dareus have 10.5 combined sacks, so they’ll be looking to wreak havoc on Andy Dalton all day long.
“They’ve got a bunch of guys that are playing really hard,” Dalton said regarding their defense. “The defensive line, they’re stacked with guys. So it’s going to be a good test for us. We feel like we’ve got a good plan in, and it just comes down to execution, and we’ll be ready to go.”
With that said, look for this to be a game where Andy Dalton goes over 300 yards passing for the first time since October of 2012. Not looking for a blowout performance, but something that shows consistency, maybe a couple of passing touchdowns and more importantly, zero turnovers.