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Cincinnati Bengals: 3 reasons Week 3 at Buffalo could be the biggest game of the year

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CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 15: A Cincinnati Bengals fan is seen during the first half against the San Francisco 49ers at Paul Brown Stadium on September 15, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 15: A Cincinnati Bengals fan is seen during the first half against the San Francisco 49ers at Paul Brown Stadium on September 15, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) /
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CINCINNATI, OH – SEPTEMBER 15: Head coach Zac Taylor of the Cincinnati Bengals is seen during the first half against the San Francisco 49ers at Paul Brown Stadium on September 15, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH – SEPTEMBER 15: Head coach Zac Taylor of the Cincinnati Bengals is seen during the first half against the San Francisco 49ers at Paul Brown Stadium on September 15, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) /

You’ll read that 0-2 isn’t the end of the world for the Cincinnati Bengals. You’ll read how a loss at Buffalo is still OK because winning at Pittsburgh is a lock without Big Ben. Don’t be fooled, because numbers don’t lie. You are what your record says you are. At 0-2 and more riddle than reality, Week 3 at Buffalo is absolutely critical heading into the heart of the schedule.

How damaging could 0-3 really be? It means finding wins in the schedule becomes harder. I won’t object that Pittsburgh is less without Roethlisberger, but Mason Rudolph will be better in Week 4 than if the Bengals had him this week.

It also means you’re now looking for a win Week 5 against the Arizona Cardinals at home, and maybe a win Week 7 against Jacksonville, also at home.

Two things, I get that Cincinnati has every chance to improve, but so does everyone else. The Cardinals played Baltimore tough in Week 2, so the idea that Arizona is a lock for the win column is a Fool’s Paradise. Then again, Fool’s Paradise is crowded these days with Bengals fans who see an automatic ‘W’ against Pittsburgh.

Zac Taylor has to get the Bengals right against the Bills. An 0-3 start isn’t necessarily a catastrophe, but it bodes as such for a team who looked like it stumbled onto something positive in Seattle. A loss in Buffalo most likely points to 0 for September.

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