Bills get off losing streak, defeat the Bengals

Many would say this game would give the Bills a little breathing room and some time to get back into their season opening swagger. It didn't turn out that way. The Bills had to go into heavy duty mode to churn out a win against the (1-4) Bengals.

The Bills started the game off with a field goal at the end of the first quarter. Rian Lindell hit a 27 yarder to open the game up. Cleveland then responded with a 39 and 37 yard field goals in the 2nd quarter from Shayne Graham. Cleveland took a 6-3 lead over Buffalo at the half.

In the 3rd quarter, Buffalo kicker Rian Lindell hit a 38 yard field goal with just over 11 minutes left. Travis Henry then scored on a 9 yard pass from Bledsoe after Cincinnati quarterback John Kitna threw an interception to Aaron Schobel. The Bengals then answered with a 16 yard touchdown from runningback Rudi Johnson.

With just over 5 minutes left in the game, and the Bills trailing by 3 points, Buffalo drove the field in 5 minutes and converted for the 16-16 tie by a 29 yard field goal from Rian Lindell.

Buffalo took Cincinnati into overtime. After a failed 3rd down conversion on the Bengals first possession, the Bills took over with 2 quick long passes from Drew Bledsoe. One 20 yard catch by Mark Cambell and a 28 yard catch by Eric Moulds. Travis Henry then closed the game with his 2 yard touchdown. Buffalo won 22 - 16.

Drew Bledsoe completed 19 out of 35 for 211 yards on the day with one lone touchdown, he was also sacked 4 times. Travis Henry ran the ball 25 times for 85 yards, including a rushing and receiving touchdown. Eric Moulds led the receivers with 9 balls for 99 yards.

Defensively, the Bill combined had 1 total sack. Defensive End Aaron Schobel intercepted a pass. Ron Edwards had a forced fumble. Antoine Winfield showed up with 11 tackles, leading the defense. Takeo Spikes had 3 tackles.

The Bills continued showing symptoms of fumblitis. They had 3 fumbles, but luckily each was recovered back. Penalties decreased from the average of 10 per game, against Cincinnati, the Bills had only 6 flags for 49 yards.

The Bills will move to 3-2, still 1-1 in the division, however they face the 0-4 New York Jets next week at the Meadowlands. The Jets, are coming off a bye week, previously losing to the Dallas Cowboys.

The game is scheduled at 4:15 Eastern Time.


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