Bengals Beat Bills With Ensemble Performance

The Bills were no match for Cincinnati. Eight Bengals caught passes, four ran the football, three players scored touchdowns, and that's just the offense. On defense, Carlos Dunlap added two sack plays, Reggie Nelson totaled 12 tackles as everybody got in on the winning action.

Talk about your all-for-one deals. How about this one for the ages for the unbeaten Bengals?

They are 6-0 for just the third time in team history, matching their best-ever start, following Sunday's 34-21 win over the banged-up Bills in Orchard Park.

The Bengals wanted to get as many people as possible involved Sunday to overwhelm the beleaguered Bills.

Mission accomplished.

With standout wide receiver A.J. Green tightly covered by an aggressive Buffalo defense, Andy Dalton did what any elite quarterback would do. He turned to his other receivers in helping the unbeaten Bengals win their sixth straight.

Dalton threw three touchdown passes, and Giovani Bernard scored on a 17-yard run as the Bengals improved to 3-0 on the road.

The win was powered in large part by the Bengals' offensive diversity, and defensive-minded Bills head coach Rex Ryan's inability to stop it.

The Bills' once-vaunted pass rush has gone missing -- and it may have lost Pro Bowl defensive tackle Kyle Williams on a chilly October afternoon when Buffalo couldn't slow down Dalton and the Bengals' high-flying attack.

Cincinnati broke open the game by scoring 17 points on their first three possessions of the second half in building a 34-14 lead.

Marvin Jones scored on a 10-yard pass to cap an eight-play 90-yard drive. Then Dalton hit tight end Tyler Eifert for a 4-yard touchdown with 1:42 left in the third quarter. Mike Nugent capped the run by hitting a 39-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter.

Dalton finished 22 of 33 for 243 yards, including a 13-yard touchdown to Jeremy Hill. With Green limited to just four catches for 36 yards, Jones picked up the slack with nine catches for 95 yards, including a 42-yard catch that helped set up his touchdown.

The Bengals, who enter their bye week before traveling to play at Pittsburgh on Nov. 1, were also 6-0 to start the 1975 and `88 seasons.

The Bills (3-3) sputtered on offense and continued to be undone by mistakes that allowed the Bengals to enjoy an average drive start of midfield in the first half.

Injuries also played a factor. Buffalo started backup quarterback E.J. Manuel in place of Tyrod Taylor, who sprained his left knee in rallying the Bills to a 14-13 win over Tennessee last week.

Starting running back LeSean McCoy returned after missing two games with a left hamstring injury and scored on a 4-yard run in the fourth quarter.

However, Buffalo was minus starting receiver Percy Harvin (hip) and then lost receivers Sammy Watkins (left ankle) and Marquise Goodwin (ribs) to injuries. Watkins had just returned after missing two games with a right calf injury, but finished the game on crutches after getting hurt while making a 22-yard touchdown catch in the final seconds of the second quarter.

Williams was carted off after hurting his left leg with 5:08 remaining.

The injuries create additional uncertainty for the Bills. Immediately following the game, the team prepared to travel to London, where they'll play the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium next weekend.

Manuel was inconsistent in making his first start in a little more than a year. He finished 28 of 42 for 263 yards with a touchdown and interception. He also scored on a 2-yard run on Buffalo's opening drive.

The Bills' offense, however, dried up after Manuel scored. Buffalo combined for 0 yards and no first downs on its following four possessions.

The Bengals keep winning. Meanwhile, Buffalo has lost three straight at home for the first time since 2011.

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