The Cincinnati Bengals have beaten the Buffalo Bills after a late rally. While the game is over, it’s always interesting to take a look back and see what unfolded and how the Bengals can become better the next game. These are six aspects of the game that were predicted to have an outcome of this game. Let’s take a look and see how each aspect unfolded and how it affected the outcome of the game.
1. Stopping Fred and CJ
The Bills were running the ball early and often in the beginning of the game. In fact, they almost had 100 yards rushing in the first quarter. Both CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson received 10 carries each, going for 90 yards. The Bills ran for 130 yards on the Bengals, averaging 4.1 YPC. They attacked the Bengals early in the game, but as the game dragged on, the Bengals began to clamp down on the run.
This plan of attack took a lot of pressure off of Thad Lewis and worked to their advantage early, but as the game went on, they had to abandon the run and go to the air. The Bills did well attacking the bengals with the run, and came out with an early lead because of it.
2. Have a Balanced Attack
The Bengals were slightly pass heavy in some games this year, but when the offense is balanced, that is when the offense is at it’s best. Against the Bills, the Bengals passed 40 times and ran the ball 41 times for a combined 502 yards (not taking away the 19 yards lost in sacks). This really helped out the offense as it took away predictability of play-calling and allowed Andy Dalton to use his offensive arsenal to their abilities.
This was very much a very impactful offensive effort and showed flashes of an offensive firepower many Bengal fans had hoped for this year.