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Bengals’ Week 3 Stories to Watch Against the Buffalo Bills

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CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 8: Shaq Lawson #90 of the Buffalo Bills attempts to tackle Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the fourth quarter at Paul Brown Stadium on October 8, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cincinnati defeated Buffalo 20-16. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 8: Shaq Lawson #90 of the Buffalo Bills attempts to tackle Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the fourth quarter at Paul Brown Stadium on October 8, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cincinnati defeated Buffalo 20-16. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /
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Positioning on the Line

On both sides of the line, competitions are heating up to see who starts, and for who will be the backup. On the offensive line, all of camp and preseason has been focused on the right guard and right tackle vacancies. Hopefuls Alex Redmond and Christian Westerman have impressed in their own right the last two weeks, but Trey Hopkins seems to have the position locked up, barring any injury. Depending on who the Bengals roll out to start these next two weeks, Hopkins and impressive right tackle Bobby Hart are the front runners. With Westerman’s adaptability, expect him to backup Clint Boling at left guard and Redmond, who has had fit the mold when Hopkins is out, to be behind him at right guard.

An exciting development is to see if defensive tackle Andrew Billings can build off his monster performance against the Cowboys where they couldn’t keep him out of the backfield. Disrupting play after play, Billings showed the talent that attracted the Bengals back in 2016. With rookie quarterback Josh Allen making his first start, look for Billings and this defensive line to play well and dominate the Bills offense early. Already being heralded as the Bengals player to watch, I expect Billings to continue putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks.

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Going into this match up, the Bengals have given mixed signals on performance across the board. The inconsistency on the first team offense can’t be repeated if this team wants to be ready for the Colts twice in the next two weeks. As the regular season nears, look for these story lines and more to develop over the next few weeks. With roster cuts already happening, the pressure is on to build a team that can compete in the rigorous AFC North.

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