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Taylor close to Brady-like with protecting the ball

Posted by Chris Brown on October 8, 2017 – 11:15 am

Tyrod Taylor has done a lot of good things for Buffalo’s offense this year. His completion percentage his up and he’s made good decisions with his legs. He’s also approaching Tom Brady territory when it comes to protecting the football.

Since 2015, Taylor is in a tie for second for most games without an interception with 22. Kansas City’s Alex Smith and Seattle’s Russell Wilson are the other QBs.

Only Brady is better with a total of 24 games without a pick.

Another turnover-free outing against the Bengals puts him one step closer, knowing Brady threw an interception on Thursday Night Football.


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Tyrod a top clutch runner

Posted by Chris Brown on October 8, 2017 – 10:40 am

Bills QB Tyrod Taylor can do a lot of things. One is use his legs to get out of trouble. Taylor hangs in the pocket as long as he can, but when things break down he can use his mobility to get out into space and away from the rush. But what happens when he takes off?

Sure there are times when he doesn’t reach the first down marker, or he’s sacked, but there are also times he’s pulling a rabbit out of the hat and getting his offense a fresh set of downs.

Evidence of that comes in Taylor’s top rank in the advanced metric called ‘Clutch Runs.’

Taylor ranks first in the league in ‘Clutch Runs,’ which are defined as any run on third or fourth down, which results in a touchdown or first down.

The Bills QB leads the league with seven. Right behind him is a quartet of players with six such runs. The Rams Todd Gurley, Cam Newton and the Colts’ Robert Turbin.

Taylor accounted for two of the Bills six third down conversions with his legs in the win at Atlanta. He moved the chains on a 3rd-and-5 and a 3rd-and-3. Both drive ended in points for the Bills.

He had a single such conversion in the win over the Broncos and the loss at Carolina. In Week 1 he had his biggest clutch run total with three third down runs to move the chains.

Taylor’s backfield mate, LeSean McCoy is tied for the fourth-highest total with four this season.

 


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Bills 2nd half ‘D’ as stingy as it gets

Posted by Chris Brown on October 8, 2017 – 9:18 am

An early lead for the Bills could prove to be a good precursor for a victory. Here’s why.

Heading into Sunday’s game, Buffalo currently leads the NFL in fewest points allowed in the second half to their opponents. The Bills have given up a grand total of 19 points in the second half over the first month of the season. No other NFL club has allowed fewer.

As good as that figure is, they’re likely to get some help from a Bengals offense that struggles come the second half. Cincinnati has managed to score just 16 points combined in the second half of their four games this season. That ranks 31st in the league, with only the Colts at 15 total second-half points below them.

It’s even worse come the fourth quarter. The Bengals have managed just a single field goal in the final quarter over season’s first month.


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Bills-Bengals turnover dichotomy

Posted by Chris Brown on October 7, 2017 – 11:45 am

By now most Bills fans are very aware of the fact that the Bills have been one of the best takeaway teams in the league. Their six interceptions rank second in the AFC, with only Baltimore registering more with nine. Buffalo also leads the AFC in turnover margin at a plus-six. Only Detroit at plus-nine is better.

Meanwhile for Cininnati’s offense it’s been a rough first month. Their eight giveaways are second-most in the NFL and is a big reason why the Bengals are a minus-five in turnover margin. That is the second-worst margin so far this season.

When Buffalo has won the turnover battle this season they are 3-0.


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Bengals TE Eifert, WR Ross both out

Posted by Chris Brown on October 6, 2017 – 1:56 pm

It wasn’t a surprise at all. Tyler Eifert’s back injury and rookie WR John Ross’ knee injury will keep both players out for Sunday’s game against the Bills.

Eifert has yet to play this season. Speed receiver John Ross appeared in just the opener so far this season.

Out
Pos. Player Injury
TE Tyler Eifert Back
H-B Ryan Hewitt Knee
WR John Ross Knee
S Derron Smith Ankle
Questionable
Pos. Player Injury
LB Jordan Evans Hamstring

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For all Bills fans traveling to Cincy this weekend

Posted by Chris Brown on October 4, 2017 – 11:36 am

If you’re a Bills fan traveling to Cincinnati for the game this weekend, there’s an opportunity to make another football-related stop at a discount.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame is inviting Bills fans to experience “The Most Inspiring Place on Earth!”

Any Bills fan dressed in their team’s gear who mentions the promotion at the Hall’s Ticket Office will receive a $5 discount on any regular price museum admission.

Bills fans may receive the discount Wednesday, Oct. 4th through Monday, Oct. 9th. The Hall of Fame is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Information about planning a visit to the Hall of Fame can be found here.


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Stats that stood out

Posted by Chris Brown on November 20, 2016 – 8:27 pm

Bengals third down conversions 1st half: 6-for-8 (75%)
Bengals third down conversions 2nd half: 2-for-7 (28.5%)
Bills penalties 1st half: 8 for 70 yards
Bills penalties 2nd half: 1 for 5 yards
LeSean McCoy yards per carry average before injury: 6.6
Gillislee, Taylor, J. Williams yards per carry average: 5.0
Brandon Tate KR avg. – 33 yards
Tackles by Zach Brown – 12
INTs by Stephon Gilmore – 2
Time of possession advantage in 2nd half: Bills 20:37; Bengals 9:23


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What happened to the takeaways?

Posted by Chris Brown on November 20, 2016 – 10:17 am

Part of what was helping the defense in keeping points off the board during their four-game winning streak were turnovers. Buffalo had a total of 10 during that period. Not surprisingly, on the Bills current three-game losing streak they haven’t had a single takeaway.

Buffalo’s last turnover on defense came in the waning moments of their win at Los Angeles Oct. 9th when Nickell Robey-Coleman made his second interception of the game to seal the win.

If the Bills are unable to post a takeaway today against the Bengals it would match a four game stretch in which they went without a turnover back in 2002.


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Special Pro Football HOF offer for Bills fans

Posted by Chris Brown on November 19, 2016 – 8:24 am

For those Bills fans making the road trip to Cincinnati for the game this weekend, you might be interested in stopping in Canton on your way there at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Here’s why.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame is inviting Cincinnati Bengals and Buffalo Bills fans traveling through Ohio this weekend to experience “The Most Inspiring Place on Earth!”

Any Bills or Bengals fan dressed in their team’s gear who mentions the promotion at the Hall’s box office will receive a $5 discount on any regular price museum admission. The promotion runs from Friday, Nov. 18 through Monday, Nov. 21. The Hall of Fame is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Information about planning a visit to the Hall of Fame can be found at: www.ProFootballHOF.com/visit/.

The Bills take on the Bengals this Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at Paul Brown Stadium.

 


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Bengals key players good to go

Posted by Chris Brown on November 18, 2016 – 2:31 pm

Several of them were limited, but some of Cincinnati’s key players are ready to go for Sunday’s game against Buffalo.

Andy Dalton, Tyler Eifert, Brandon LaFell, Rey Maualuga, Michael Johnson and George Iloka were all limited in practice at some point during the week. But their lack of participation appeared to be more the result of having a short week having just played Monday night against the Giants.

Only backup TE C.J. Uzomah is doubtful.

Player Pos Injury Game Status
C.J. Uzomah TE Calf DOUBTFUL
Wallace Gilberry DE Calf QUESTIONABLE
Clint Boling G Shoulder  
Andy Dalton QB Rt. Shoulder  
Tyler Eifert TE Knee  
Michael Johnson DE Calf  
Brandon LaFell WR Knee  
Rey Maualuga LB Fibula  
George Iloka S Shin  
James Wright WR Hamstring

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FanDuel fantasy update

Posted by Chris Brown on November 18, 2016 – 1:03 pm

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On Sunday afternoon in Cincinnati, the Bills will try to snap a three-game losing streak against a Bengals squad fighting for their playoff lives. This is a must-win game for both teams, so this clash should be all about will, i.e., who wants it more?

The Bills have scored 25 points in each of their last three games, allowing for plenty of terrific FanDuel options. Here’s a look at the value of some Bills players this week.

TYROD TAYLOR – QB – $7,300
Ever so quietly, Tyrod has been tearing it up, averaging 23.1 FanDuel points over his last three outings. He’s thrown 38 passes in each of his last two games, but, even better, he’s run the ball 13 times for a total of 91 yards and 2 touchdowns. Look for this trend to continue against Cincy’s 24th-ranked run defense.

LeSEAN McCOY – RB – $7,500
McCoy will look to take advantage of the Bengals iffy run D. McCoy has averaged over 18 FanDuel points a game (not including the Miami game), undeniably elite numbers. This week, he’s priced at $7,500, a shockingly low cap hit for somebody with top-shelf stats.

ROBERT WOODS – WR – $5,400
Last week, Robert had the game of his NFL life, hauling in 10 of his 13 targets, for 162 yards and 21.2 FanDuel points. Woods and Taylor have established a rapport—it could be argued that Robert is now the QB’s favorite target—and if you can get a number 1 receiver on your FanDuel roster for $5,400, you make it happen.

Who are you drafting on your Daily Fantasy team this week? Play Fantasy Football on FanDuel.

 


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Bills see unbeaten team as measuring stick

Posted by Chris Brown on October 18, 2015 – 11:12 am

It’s a team that is rolling right now. The Cincinnati Bengals are one of five remaining unbeatens in the NFL heading into Week 6. The Bills know if they can hang with this team it’ll say a lot about their fortunes for the 2015 season.

“It’s a big game for us. They’re hot, they’re playing well. They’ve been where we want to get,” said Richie Incognito. “They’ve been to the playoffs the last four years and it’s a good measuring stick for us to see exactly where we’re at because we gutted one out in Tennessee. We didn’t play as well as we wanted to play, we got the win. So coming in and playing a hot team like this that is rolling on offense and has a very sound defense, it’s a good test for us.”

Safety Corey Graham is actually happy that the Bengals kept their unbeaten record intact last week when they came back from 17 down in the fourth quarter to beat the Seahawks in Seattle 27-24.

“It’s good. I’m kind of happy that they won in Seattle and found a way to get a victory against Seattle,” Graham said. “To have an opportunity to go out there, especially as a defense and play against an offense that’s undefeated and a team that’s undefeated with an offense that’s playing well. That’s big for us.”


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Bengals Eifert a headache in the red zone

Posted by Chris Brown on October 18, 2015 – 10:15 am

The Cincinnati Bengals offense has taken off this season and many credit TE Tyler Eifert for being the piece that has put the unit over the top. Opposing defenses can no longer focus their attention on WR A.J. Green and just roll a safety over the top. They now need to account for Eifert, who has been carving up defenses in the middle of the field and the red zone.

Eifert has five touchdowns in five games, including two last week as Cincinnati overcame a 17-point fourth quarter deficit on the road at Seattle to win in overtime. The tight end makes catches in traffic and fights for the ball. He’s also someone Andy Dalton looks for in the red zone.

“He’s doing well. I saw the game from last week,” said Corey Graham. “He did really well last week. He’s running a lot of seam routes. He’s catching the ball well. He’s catching tough balls. He had some times where they were contested and he found a way to bring it down. Obviously as a quarterback when you’ve got more than one threat it helps you and Andy is getting the ball around to all his guys and they’re making plays for him.”

Eifert is a big reason why the Bengals are second in total red zone conversions with 16 touchdowns in five games.


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Why Bills must break slow start trend

Posted by Chris Brown on October 18, 2015 – 9:05 am

Over their last two games the Bills have gotten off to slow starts on offense. Part of the problem has been the absence of some of their top playmakers on offense, most notably LeSean McCoy and Sammy Watkins. There’s a good chance that both will be in the lineup Sunday against undefeated Cincinnati. Hopefully it helps to jump start an offense that has just one field goal combined in the first half of their last two games.

What will make the task all the more difficult is Cincinnati’s defense. They’ve allowed just 28 total points in the first half of their five games this season. The Bengals have allowed just one touchdown in the first half in 2015 along with seven field goals.

Buffalo will have to break their own trend and Cincinnati’s stingy defensive front Sunday, and they may have to do all that without their starting quarterback who is a game time decision.


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EJ and Tyrod close teammates

Posted by Chris Brown on October 17, 2015 – 10:34 am

There’s a decent chance that EJ Manuel has to start in place of an injured Tyrod Taylor, who is still a game time decision for Sunday’s game against undefeated Cincinnati. Working together all offseason the two coastal Virginia natives have developed a strong working relationship.

Both signal callers were headed to the quarterback room Thursday evening to grind more film in preparation for the Cincinnati Bengals.

“We extremely close. We’ve grown up,” said EJ Manuel. “I’ve known Ty since sixth grade so even being from the same area, now being up in the NFL and playing together with him being the starter and me being the backup we have a stronger bond, and we communicate very well, not just with football, but off the field as well, but we’re really close.”


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QB Johnson could offer Cincy intel

Posted by Chris Brown on October 13, 2015 – 10:05 am

The Bills signed QB Josh Johnson on Tuesday to be the team’s third quarterback. While Johnson certainly offers depth at the position, there’s something else he could potentially provide.

Johnson spent almost the entire offseason with the Cincinnati Bengals, Buffalo’s opponent Sunday. The undefeated Bengals boast the league’s No. 2 offense, which ranks 5th in the NFL in passing and 4th in scoring.

As a quarterback Johnson could presumably offer some intel on the Bengals offense even though he had been with the Jets and Colts since his release from Cincinnati in late August.

Buffalo’s defensive staff has faced Marvin Lewis and offensive coordinator Hue Jackson before, but in a pivotal early season AFC matchup every little bit helps.


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Watkins outlook is encouraging

Posted by Chris Brown on October 12, 2015 – 3:22 pm

He put himself through a full workout during pre-game warmups Sunday in Nashville, but the Bills medical staff ultimately determined the best course of action for Sammy Watkins ailing calf was to wait another week. Watkins was inactive against the Titans, but it’s left head coach Rex Ryan optimistic about the receiver’s availability Sunday.

“I was really encouraged with Sammy. How Sammy went through even with his workout before the game,” Ryan said. “We thought it was best to give him a little more time. Sometimes you can go on the practice field and all that, but that game speed is a little different and the intensity is certainly different. We thought it was best to just hold him out of that game and get him really ready for this one. I feel good about Sammy.”

Buffalo plays host on Sunday to the undefeated Cincinnati Bengals, so having a weapon like Watkins for an offense looking for more big plays in the passing game could provide a big boost.


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Bengals inactives

Posted by Chris Brown on October 13, 2013 – 12:45 pm

Here are the inactives for the Bengals in their game today with the Bills. Cincinnati has CB Leon Hall and DE Michael Johnson back in the lineup as both players are active.

CB Brandon Ghee
RB Rex Burkhead
CB Chris Lewis-Harris
OL Mike Pollak
G Tanner Hawkinson
WR Ryan Whalen
DE Margus Hunt


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Bengals top 10 on 3rd down on ‘O’ & ‘D’

Posted by Chris Brown on October 13, 2013 – 9:35 am

The Cincinnati Bengals are one of just a handful of teams that are good on third down on both offense and defense. Here’s a look at where they stand heading into today’s game against the Bills.

Cincinnati ranks 8th in third down conversion percentage on offense (41.2%) and 7th in third down defense (33.3%). They’re one of just five NFL clubs to rank in the top 10 on both sides of the ball on third down. Here are the other clubs that currently rank in the top 10 on third down on offense and defense through Week 5.

Team                     3rd down ‘O’ rank             3rd down ‘D’ rank
Indianapolis                        2nd                                          5th
Cincinnati                            8th                                           7th
New Orleans                      7th                                           9th
Tennessee                          10th                                         3rd
Miami                                   9th                                           10th

 


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Unknown QBs have succeeded vs. Bengals

Posted by Chris Brown on October 13, 2013 – 7:51 am

It’s a bit of a strange quirk for the Cincinnati Bengals, not only this season, but in past seasons as well. In 2013 they’ve beaten quarterbacks like Ben Roethlisberger, Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. On the other hand they lost to Cleveland’s Brian Hoyer in his first NFL start. And the list for Cincinnati doesn’t end there.

As ESPN Coley Harvey points out Cincinnati tends to struggle against the unknown quarterbacks, who have had spot starts due to injury.

Bruce Gradkowski in 2006 and 2009.
Shaun Hill in 2007.
T.J. Yates in 2011.
Brian Hoyer in 2013.

What’s encouraging for the Bills is Gradkowski in both his victories and Hill did not throw for more than 200 yards in their three games against Cincinnati and still won.

Thad Lewis with a good run game today shouldn’t have to light it up today either.


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