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article imageNFL: Bengals hand Bills first loss of the season with field-goal

By Austin Tyler     Oct 3, 2011 in Sports
Cincinnati - The Buffalo Bills with such a nice run to begin this season that maybe people were thinking they may go undefeated. As for the Bengals no one expected them to do much this year with Carson Palmer sitting at home, but their defense is stepping up.
The Cincinnati Bengals (2-2) hosted the Buffalo Bills (3-1) for a Week 3 matchup was suppose to be a runaway victory for the Bills after how they have been playing. The Bengals defense had something to do about that they put the pressure on the Bills offense the whole game. The Bengals defense is ranked number three in the NFL, and today’s game showed it as they shut down the Bills high-powered offense to a 23-20 victory.
Both defenses started the game off on fire as they forced each other to punt until the 7:06 mark of the first quarter. The Bengals got the ball and tried to get the offense going as they put Bernard Scott (5 carries, 13 yards) in to run the ball with Cedric Benson (19 carries, 104 yards). They moved the ball 29-yards on this drive and had to settle for Mike Nugent to come in and kick a field-goal. Nugent gave the Bengals a 3-0 lead as he kicked in a 31-yard field-goal.
The Bills got their offense moving on their next drive as they got the ball moving but through the air. Ryan Fitzpatrick (20/34, 199 yards) hit Naaman Roosevelt for his only catch of the day for 28-yards. He then hit Brad Smith (2 receptions, 25 yards) for two catches to set Rian Lindell up for a field-goal. Lindell came on and kicked a 43-yard field-goal to tie the game up at 3-points apiece.
The defenses stepped it back up as they put the pressure on the offenses to produce points, but the Buffalo defense scored for them. Andy Dalton (18/36, 298 yards, 1 TD, 2 Int’s) dropped back and threw a pass that was picked off by Bryan Scott who took it back 43-yards for a touchdown. The return gave the Bills a 10-3 lead with 3:10 left in the half.
The Bengals offense struggled on the ensuing drive and Dalton threw another interception that was picked off by George Wilson. Wilson picked off the ball and returned it 5-yards before he was tackled.
The Bills took advantage of the turnover as they moved the ball 76-yards on the ensuing drive. Fred Jackson (17 carries, 66 yards, 1 TD) started off the drive with his legs as he 9 and 21 yard run. Fitzpatrick then hit Steve Johnson (4 receptions, 58 yards) with a big 44-yard pass. Jackson then finished the drive with a 2-yard run for a touchdown to make it a 17-3 lead.
Cincinnati got the ball to start the second half and Benson got the ball moving for the Bengals on the ground. Benson broke a 28-yard run on the top of some other small runs as they moved the ball 83-yards. Dalton also hit A.J. Green (4 receptions, 118 yards) for a 40-yard pass. The offense stalled and Nugent came on to kick another field-goal. The 21-yard field-goal was good and made it a 17-6 game.
Buffalo had trouble moving the ball on their drive as they went three and out, and punted the ball away. The Bengals got the ball moving on their drive as Dalton and Benson mixed the run and pass to move them down the field.
Dalton hit tight end Jermaine Gresham (4 receptions, 70 yards, 1 TD) for an 11-yard pass, and Benson broke an 11-yard run. Dalton then connected with Andrew Hawkins (2 receptions, 43 yards) for an 18-yard pass. Dalton finished the drive by connecting with Gresham again for a 17-yard touchdown pass. Gresham’s touchdown put the Bengals back in the game as it made the score 17-13.
The Bills got the ball and used the clock on this drive to move the ball. Buffalo held the ball for 9:04 as they moved the ball 75-yards in 17 plays. The used a good mix of run and pass to get the ball moving down the field. The offense then stalled and Lindell came on to kick another field-goal for the Bills. Lindell made a 23-yard field-goal that made it a 20-13 Buffalo lead with 11:22 left in the game.
At the 8:28 mark in the fourth quarter the Bengals got their offense going after the Bills went three and out. Dalton hit Gresham with a 25-yard pass to start the ball moving. Benson then broke a 14-yard run to get another first-down. Dalton and Gresham connected again on this drive and two plays later Dalton ran in from 3-yards out for a touchdown. The touchdown for the Bengals tied the game up at 20-points apiece with 4:09 left in the game.
Buffalo tried to get the ball moving down the field, but the offense could not get it going as they went 17-yards on four plays. They punted the ball away as they put the game in their defense hands, but they could not hold up.
The Bengals picked their way down the field with Brian Leonard doing most of the damage on the drive. The drive started with a 17-yard pass to Jerome Simpson (3 receptions, 26 yards). Leonard then had a 7-yard run and later had a 14-yard run to set up the field-goal. Nugent came on and kicked in a 43-yard field-goal as time expired to cap off the comeback and give the Bills their first loss of the season 23-20.
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