3 areas the Buffalo Bills need to win vs. Cincinnati Bengals
By Ryan Heckman
The Bills have a tall task ahead of them taking on the Bengals in the 2023 AFC Divisional Round.
This weekend, the AFC Divisional Round gets underway and we’ll finally see the game which was supposed to happen a few weeks ago.
The Buffalo Bills host the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday afternoon in a matchup of conference heavyweights.
Of course, we know what happened during the original contest that was ultimately canceled. Now, a few weeks later, both teams are ready to make this happen once more, except with more on the line.
If Buffalo is to come away from the Divisional Round with a win, they’ll have to win in three key areas against a very talented Cincinnati team, starting up front.
The Bills have to win with their defensive line against Joe Burrow
The number one advantage Buffalo has going into this game is the fact that Cincinnati’s offensive line is in shambles. Tackle La’el Collins and guard Alex Cappa got hurt in the final month of the season. Meanwhile, left tackle Jonah Williams was injured in the Wildcard game against Miami.
Burrow was sacked four times against Baltimore last weekend, which is one way the Ravens were able to make the game so close.
Without Von Miller, the Bills’ pass rush has been up and down this year. But, this is a game they have to see someone step up and get to Burrow on the regular. Although Burrow is good against the blitz, the Bills can’t even give him the chance to find the open guy. This defensive front has to get to him and do it quickly. That’s the first order of business.