Dec. 9, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller (28) and running back Fred Jackson (22) before the game against the St. Louis Rams at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sportsi
As I have said before, the Bengals backfield has one of the best 1-2 punches in the league. One team that has a better one? The Bills. Spiller and Jackson, despite both being banged up, have combined for 600+ yards rushing, 5 TDs, and nearly 4.4 ypc. While Bengals RBs have also found the end zone 5 times, they have only combined for 418 yards and – thanks to BJGEs putrid 2.9 ypc – are averaging just 3.6 ypc.
Expect the Bengals to key on the Bills run game, keep 8 in the box and make Lewis beat them. Because of this, don’t expect the Bills RBs to have a big game, but when it comes to skill and production, I still give the Bills the advantage.
With AJ Green, it is rare when the Bengals do not have an advantage at the WR position. This Sunday will be no different. The Bills top 2 WRs (Robert Woods and Steve Johnson) have combined for 36 catches, 519 yards and 4 TDs. AJ Green alone has 31 catches for 361 yards and 3 TDs. If Johnson doesn’t play Sunday (family funeral), that will leave Robert Woods as the #1 and 5’11” TJ Graham as the #2 (he of 6 catches for 66 yards).
Not a good combination to begin with, very bad if you are starting a practice squad QB with 1 career game.
Scott Chandler is a legitimate NFL TE (18 catches, 204 yds, 1 TD). Jermaine Gresham is a 2-time Pro Bowl TE and Tyler Eifert is a star in the making. Gresham and Eifert are by far the best 2 TE set in the NFL this year and while they have yet to account for a TD (pretty shocking), the have combined for 39 receptions and 417 yards. No disrespect to Chandler, but on this Bengals team, he would be the 3rd TE at best.