Buffalo Comes To The Jungle
When the NFL schedule was tossed into the faces of fans, Week 5 looked like a cakewalk for the Bengals. Now, it looks like this home skirmish will be a battle for bragging rights. The Bills are coming off a surprising win over the Atlanta Falcons. The temptation is to say Atlanta was rolling on a flat tire and bad transmission. They were without Julio Jones and former Bengal Mohamed Sanu. That’s the equivalent of Dalton not having the services of A.J. Green or Alex Erickson or any other speedster of note.
Yet, the Bills were able to get it done.
Make no mistake about it. This is not the same hum-drum Buffalo team that came to PBS last year. In fact, that was a squad that the Bengals should have handled easily. A few harsh memories remain from that matchup. Green was lost for the rest of the season and Giovani Bernard went down as well. If anything, the Bengals should be ready to play the revenge card. They lost that Week 11 squeaker 16-12. It was all about a Zampese led offense that couldn’t get untracked and make adjustments in the second half.
This time around, the Bengals could be without Tyler Eifert and John Ross. But, Dalton has been able to embrace Lazor’s pre-read offense and looks ready for the challenge. During his surprising performance against the Browns, Dalton connected with nine different targets. This will be his chance to prove how well he’s adjusting to the new OC. The Bills defense, overall, is ranked 11th in the NFL. But, they command the top scoring spot in the league with a 13.5 average.
Containing the scrambling Tyrod Taylor and playing stout against the run should get the Bengals a win at home.
Being 2-3 at the Bye Week is a better feeling than 1-4. Essentially, a must-win situation.