Buffalo Bills: 5 keys to beat the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 9

AFC Divisional Playoffs - Cincinnati Bengals v Buffalo Bills
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The Buffalo Bills (5-3) are heading to Cincinnati to take on Bengals (4-3) for a Sunday night primetime matchup. The last time these two teams met was in the AFC divisional round of the playoffs last year, where the Bengals dominated from the first whistle to the last and coming out victorious 27-10.

The Bengals are currently tied at 4-3 with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns, so they will not only be looking to get the tiebreaker on the Bills, but also take sole possession of second place in the division.

The Bills on the other hand remain one game out of first place behind the Miami Dolphins (6-2) and are looking to pickup a win over an AFC powerhouse outside of their division for the first time this season. Both teams have had up-and-down seasons going into this week, but the Bengals have had more success in recent weeks, including a 31-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. Meanwhile, the Bills have either barely won at the end of the fourth, or gave up the lead to lose.

There is a lot at stake between these two going into Week 9 and what happens in this game will show what these teams are truly made of as the pressure goes up.

Here are the five keys to victory for the Buffalo Bills this week.