Bengals-Bills Preview: Game Of Attrition

The unbeaten Bengals will be at near full strength when they take on the banged-up Bills on Sunday in Buffalo.

WHAT: Cincinnati Bengals (5-0) at Buffalo Bills (3-2)

WHEN: Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET

WHERE: at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York


Announcers: Spero Dedes, Solomon Wilcots

BENGALS KEYS: Cincinnati's ground game has been inconsistent of late and Buffalo's third-ranked defense must keep it that way because quarterback Andy Dalton has far too many weapons downfield and the Bills' pass rush has produced just nine sacks. Dalton has just two interceptions against 11 touchdowns and could pick apart Buffalo's secondary with or without the help of play-action. The Bills have to find a way to contain tight end Tyler Eifert (two TDs last week, five on the season) inside the red zone.

BILLS KEYS: Buffalo expects to get wide receiver Sammy Watkins back in the lineup, but who will be trying to get the ball to him remains uncertain, as does who that quarterback will be handing off to. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor (knee) remains a longshot to play, with E.J. Manuel likely to get his first start since Week 4 of last season. At running back, LeSean McCoy (hamstring) was listed as probable Friday but Karlos Williams (concussion) was declared out. So the Bills would be severely depleted if Boobie Dixon and Boom Herron are asked to share the load again. Watkins' return should help open more room for receivers Percy Harvin and Robert Woods, who have been largely unproductive in his absence.

CINCINNATI MATCH-UP: Dalton vs. Bills CB Ronald Darby: Dalton did an excellent job of exploiting mismatches against Seattle last week and will look to test the rookie cornerback out of Florida State early along with nickel back Nickell Robey.

BUFFALO MATCH-UP: Bills WR Chris Hogan against Bengals corners: The forgotten man following a 41-catch 2014 season, Hogan contributed two key plays last week and now has 12 catches for 137 yards and two TDs on the season. The return of Watkins could again limit Hogan's playing time, but the coaching staff will find ways to get one of the Bills' offensive playmakers onto the field.

BENGALS FACT: They are 5-0 for just the third time in franchise history.

BILLS FACT: Last week, Taylor became the fifth player in NFL history to throw for at least 100 yards, rush for at least 70 and catch a pass in the same game.

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