This past weekend on Sunday night football, the Buffalo Bills dropped their fourth game of the season in a 24-18 win earned by the Cincinnati Bengals. The loss moves Buffalo's road record to a staggering 1-3 on the season.
The Bengals pass attack was on point throughout the night. Quarterback Joe Burrow had a very precise and accurate game with 348 yards on a 70% completion rate. He also tacked on two touchdowns to his performance.
Cincinnati Bengals were able to push the ball down the field against the Buffalo Bills defense
One of the more intriguing parts of the passing game Cincinnati had was the average for yards per reception that Burrow's targets had throughout the night. A total of five Bengals' wide outs and tight ends had a yards per catch average of 10 yards or more.
This was completed by the trio of Cincinnati's main wide receivers Ja'Marr Chase, Tee Higgins, and Tyler Boyd. Tanner Hudson and Drew Sample were the two tight ends who also finished with 10+ yard averages with seven total receptions between the two of them.
Burrow was scary accurate to these five targets as he attempted to make 31 targets towards them and completed 22 of them. The Bills are among the ten worst defenses in allowed opposing completion rates.
Any time you give up 10+ yard throws at a rate of 70% it is going to be hard to stop the opposing offense from moving the football. It could have been coming at some point due to the fatigue of Buffalo's secondary. Tre'Davious White, Micah Hyde, and Kaiir Elam all had injuries before or received an injury during the Sunday night football matchup.
Burrow accomplished exposing this hole in the Bills' defense and it helped them gut out a tight win. He opened up his arm and it seemed to work more times than it did not.