Cincinnati Bengals VS Buffalo Bills, Stream, Week 3September 18, 2019
NFL GameTrax – Regular Season – Week 3
Sunday, September 22, 2019
Cincinnati Bengals VS Buffalo Bills
Time: 1:00p ET
Setting the scene: The Bengals this week travel to Buffalo for a road matchup against the Bills, looking to bounce back from a 41-17 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in last week’s regular-season home opener.
Cincinnati’s defense, which put together a strong Week 1 showing at Seattle, struggled to find its footing last week against San Francisco. After holding the Seahawks to 232 total yards and 72 rushing yards in the opener, the defense allowed 572 total yards and 259 rushing yards to San Francisco last week. The Bengals were also held without a sack against the 49ers, after racking up four sacks and applying consistent pressure to Seahawks QB Russell Wilson a week earlier.
Despite the lopsided Week 2 result, there have been plenty of bright spots for the Bengals so far this season. Bengals QB Andy Dalton enters Week 3 ranked second in the NFL in passing yards (729) and first in completions (61). WR Tyler Boyd’s 18 receptions rank tied for second in the NFL and count as the most in Bengals history through the first two games of a season. And WR John Ross III, who has enjoyed a fast start in 2019 after battling injuries and struggling to find the field in his first two seasons, leads the NFL in receiving yards (270). Ross is also tied for the league lead in receiving TDs (three) and receptions of at least 20 yards (six).
But while the Bengals have flashed their fair share of potential in the first two games, the primary challenge now is putting it all together and getting into the win column quickly.
History shows that a win this week at Buffalo would significantly boost Cincinnati’s hopes of securing a playoff spot later this season. A loss, though, would severely hurt those chances. Over the last 10 years (2009-18), teams who start 0-2 have gone on to make the playoffs 10.3 percent of the time. That rate jumps to 24.8 percent for teams who start 1-2, but falls to a mere 2.3 percent for teams who start 0-3.
The Bills enter this week’s matchup 2-0, after wins over the N.Y. Jets and N.Y. Giants to start the season.
The series: Buffalo has been a fairly consistent non-division opponent for Cincinnati recently. This weekend’s game will mark the seventh time in 10 seasons that the two teams have met for a regular-season matchup.
The Bills lead the series 16-15 overall, but the Bengals have won four of the last five meetings, including the last two matchups played at Buffalo. Overall, the Bengals are 5-9 in games at Buffalo.
The Bengals won the last meeting, a 20-16 victory in 2017 at Paul Brown Stadium. Since 2011, when he was drafted, Bengals QB Andy Dalton is 4-1 against the Bills.
Prior to 2011, the Bills had won 10 straight against the Bengals, the longest winning streak on record by any team against Cincinnati. The Bills amassed that long winning streak after suffering a loss in the biggest game to date, the 1988 AFC Championship at Riverfront Stadium. The Bengals won that one 21-10, advancing to Super Bowl XXIII. The AFC Championship win left Cincinnati with a five-game winning streak over Buffalo.
Despite its streaky nature, the series balances out to be a competitive affair. The Bills’ 16-15 overall lead includes two playoff losses to the Bengals. The Bengals’ other playoff victory over Buffalo was in a 1981 season Divisional round contest at Riverfront Stadium. The 28-21 win advanced Cincinnati into its “Freezer Bowl” AFC title win against San Diego.
Bengals career records watch: Here is a look at potential upcoming movement in the Bengals’ career records book (regular season):
QB Andy Dalton has 4014 career pass attempts, 461 behind QB Ken Anderson (4475) for the Bengals’ all-time lead.
Dalton has 2504 career completions, 150 shy of Anderson (2654) for the Bengals’ all-time lead.
Bengals WR Alex Erickson has 91 career punt returns, tied with S Tommy Casanova (91) for fifth place all-time and seven shy of CB Adam Jones (98) for fourth place. WR Brandon Tate (153) is the Bengals’ all-time leader.
Erickson has 719 career punt return yards, 65 shy of Casanova (784) for fifth place all-time. Tate (1411) is the Bengals’ all-time leader.
Erickson has 107 career kickoff returns, eight shy of FB Eric Ball (115) for fifth place all-time. S/CB Tremain Mack (146) is the Bengals’ all-time leader.
Erickson has 2522 career kickoff return yards, 230 behind RB Stanford Jennings (2752) for fourth place all-time. Mack (3583) is the Bengals’ all-time leader.
DE Carlos Dunlap has 73.5 career sacks, 10 short of DE Eddie Edwards* (83.5) for the Bengals’ all-time lead.
DT Geno Atkins has 71 career sacks, 2.5 short of Dunlap (73.5) for second place all-time. Edwards* (83.5) is the Bengals’ all-time leader
WR A.J. Green has 63 career receiving TDs, three behind WR Chad Johnson (66) for the Bengals’ all-time lead.
Green has 63 total TDs, one short of WR Carl Pickens and RB James Brooks (both with 64) for third place all-time. FB Pete Johnson (70) is the Bengals’ all-time leader.
*—The NFL has counted sacks as official statistics since 1982. However, the Bengals have sack statistics compiled since 1976 and recognize those sacks recorded from ’76-81 in its records. Thus, please note that, because the NFL has sacks statistics for all teams only since 1982, the Bengals’ sack statistics for players whose careers included seasons prior to ’82 will not be included in league information.
Bills fans showed gratitude to Dalton, Boyd: Sunday’s matchup between the Bengals and Bills marks Cincinnati’s first regular-season trip to Buffalo since one of the most memorable and dramatic moments in recent memory for both franchises. With 49 seconds remaining in the Bengals’ 2017 finale at Baltimore, QB Andy Dalton connected with WR Tyler Boyd for a 49-yard TD pass on fourth-and-12, putting the Bengals ahead to stay, 31-27.
The thrilling play sealed a Bengals win, which eliminated Baltimore from the playoffs and gave Buffalo its first postseason berth since 1999. Video of jubilant Bills players watching the play in the locker room after their game in Miami was viewed nationally, and Dalton and Boyd were the talk of the town in Buffalo.
Almost immediately, happy and charitable Bills fans took to the internet to show their appreciation, and they spoke loudest with their wallets. Over the days following the game, the Andy and J.J. Foundation website — AndyDalton.org — was flooded with donations. According to Dalton, the final tally included more than 17,000 donors and over $450,000.
Bills fans also heaped appreciation on Boyd. The third-year WR estimates that more than $100,000 was donated to his cause of choice, the Western Pennsylvania Youth Athletic Association, a youth sports league in his hometown of Clairton, Pa.
Since the Ravens game, both Boyd and Dalton have shown their appreciation to Bills fans in interviews with media and through their own social media accounts. And last year, when the Bengals traveled to Buffalo for a preseason matchup, the board of the Andy and Jordan Dalton Foundation, which includes Andy Dalton’s wife J.J., traveled to Buffalo to present a donation to the Roswell Park Cancer Center.
Uniform watch: The Bengals are scheduled to wear black jerseys and white pants this week at Buffalo.