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3-2 and first in the AFC East going into the bye week isn’t so bad

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With the so far impressive 3-1 Buffalo Bills traveling to the 1-3 Cincinnati Bengals, some would say it would be a trap game.

Heading in to week five, the Bills were ahead of the Superbowl champions, the 2-2 New England Patriots.

The game started a little ugly for the Buffalo defense when cornerback Tre’Davious White blew his assignment and it resulted in a long, 77-yard touchdown for the Bengals.

The offense could only slap three on the board before the quarter ended.

The Bengals tacked on a field goal, making it 10-3 over the Bills.

With less than five minutes in the half, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton threw a tipped ball right into safety Micah Hyde’s hands.

Only a minute after, quarterback Tyrod Taylor threw a touchdown to wide receiver Brandon Tate to lock it dead even at 10 with the half ending.

To start the second half, safety Jordan Poyer intercepted Dalton again, but Buffalo’s offense couldn’t make anything of it.

With the Bengals driving down the field, linebacker Lorenzo Alexander forced a fumble, giving the possession back to the Bills.

Before the end of the third quarter, the Bills put up a field goal, making it 13-10.

Right at the start of the last 15 minutes, Cincinnati drove down the field and punched it in for the touchdown, giving them the 17-13 lead.

With time winding down, Buffalo put another three up to tighten the margin.

Cincinnati then put a back-breaking field goal up that would seal the deal after Taylor threw an interception to end the game.

The Bengals 20, the Bills 16. This was a tough loss, especially because it was to a beatable team and we’re heading into the bye with our heads low instead of high.

As for us fans, we should still be excited; a 3-2 start is probably better than what some of us imagined (not me). Yes, of course, we are still in first place in our division “controlled” by New England.

One point of importance is that the Bills’ running game doesn’t look like it should. LeSean McCoy had 63 yards on 19 carries and Mike Tolbert had 16 yards with three carries, all with no touchdowns. This is a bit scary if you ask me, as our once-terrifying run offense is dwindling week by week. That should be on the team’s mind in the bye week.

Since Buffalo will not be playing in week six, my prediction will be for a divisional matchup: the 3-2 New York Jets hosting the 3-2 New England Patriots. This is a game that the Bills should watch closely as the winner is set to be in first place.

My prediction is the surprising New York Jets will win in a barn burner, 19-17 over the New England Patriots.

GO BILLS!!!

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