I see this as a must win game for the Bengals…not because a 3-3 record would kill their season, but because wins are hard to come by in the NFL (especially road wins) and when you have the opportunity to play a practice squad QB, you have to take advantage and get that win. So, here’s what to look for on Sunday when the Bengals visit the Bills….
When the Bills Run the Ball:
With all due respect to Mario Williams and his 7.5 sacks, the strength of this Bills team is their two-headed running attack (Spiller and Jackson). Despite CJ Spiller having a very disappointing year (compared to expectations), the Bills are still ranked 3rd in rushing ypg and have two backs (Spiller and Jackson) who both have more rushing yards (16th and 13th respectively) than either Bengals RB. With the Bengals ranked 10th in rushing yards allowed pg, this will be a matchup of strength versus strength. With Thad Lewis starting, I would expect the Bengals to try and shut down the Bills running game and force Lewis to beat them through the air. I would expect 8 guys in the box for most of the game and a lot of tight coverage on the outside to try and take away the quick hits for Lewis. When an offensive strength goes against a defensive strength, the defensive strength usually wins. I will stick with that theme.