Quick Thoughts on Bengals/Bills

They are who we thought they were?  Maybe, maybe not.  Obviously we will see what this team is made of in the next two weeks against two tough NFC East opponents but while this loss was certainly a letdown for the Bills it may be the test of character that this team needs to show that they are for real.  Here are my thoughts.

  • First and foremost yes, that was an obvious catch by Stevie Johnson for a first down.  Good teams need to overcome those things though and the Bills simply did it in the end.
  • Fitzpatrick looked off for most of the day but it seemed like he didn’t have to be.  He seemed to be pressing even if he had a few more seconds to step into the throw.  It was almost as if the slightest bit of pressure threw him off.  Not good for a guy whose agent is no doubt trying to secure a lucrative contract extension for his client.
  • Credit where credit is due, the Bengals dared Fred Jackson to beat them and for once he could not beat the odds.  They lined up only 6 in the box yet continually stuffed him for little to no gain.  Now people will tell you that the Bengals gave away the blueprint to beat the Bills but it’s not that easy.  For instance next week’s opponent, the Eagles, don’t have the personnel up front to play that game against the Bills.  Also consider Chan Gailey is a hell of an offensive coach.  I still this being a vaunted offensive attack as the season goes on.
  • David Nelson was a non-factor after his coming out party of the last few weeks.  CJ Spiller and Brad Smith need to see more work on screens and in the Wildcat, especially against an attacking defense like Cincy’s.
  • The defensive line was generating great pressure in the first half but looked like they were falling a step short in the second half.  Dalton seemed to have just enough time at the end of the game.  I know they were back on their heels for much of the first half playing the field position game but it was disappointing to see them let up in the 2nd half.
  • Kyle Williams has seemed to have joined Shawne Merriman on the milk carton (Merriman did record a sack after running Dalton out).  We need to see more plays from big Kyle.
  • Marcell Dareus is legit and will get only better as time goes on.
  • Leodis McKelvin, what can I say?  Get well soon Terrence McGee and Aaron Williams.  Although he has played well in the odd-numbered games and we’ve got #5 coming up.
  • Chris Hairston looked pretty good in for Demetrius Bell and will have to keep up that play when he faces the Eagles this week.  It looks like he gets a huge break as pass-rush specialist Trent Cole looks to out of this game as well.  Regardless it seems like the Bills are due to have a tackle that they drafted pan out…who was the last one who did, not including Levitre or Brad Butler, who played tackle in college but were drafted to play other positions in the pros?
  • Say what you will about the man but Chris Kelsay has played well so far this season.

Well, there you have it.  The Bills Cinderella run has been derailed, if only temporarily, by the Cincinnati Bengals.  It could be the beginning of “they are who we thought they were” or they can get right back on the Cinderella track against the over-hyped Philadelphia Eagles in Buffalo.  Either way this is exactly the type of situation that will show us exactly where this team is at this point in their development.


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30 year old sports enthusiast and aspiring writer from Boston.

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