2.) Buffalo Bills (5-4) - loss vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 24-18
The Bills went from 3-1, beating down opponents, to being affected by injuries and inconsistency. Both of those factors came true once again against the Cincinnati Bengals. After the Buffalo offense scored on their first offensive drive, they would not reach the end zone until under four minutes left in the game to get the game within a six-point reach.
The Bills’ defense on the other hand got off to a slow start, giving up two consecutive touchdowns to the Bengals but then eventually was able to lock it down in the second half, allowing just three points. This breakdown of the Bills’ loss is surrounded by the offense, as it has cost the Bills a win in the AFC and if the playoffs started this week, Buffalo would be preparing for next season rather than the postseason.
When it comes to Joe Burrow vs. Josh Allen, it wasn’t even close. Burrow looked more comfortable while Allen seemed afraid to go to anyone not named Stefon Diggs and Dalton Kincaid. Allen extended his interceptions streak to five consecutive games which is a career high, and the running game was nonexistent outside of Allen.
The defense for Buffalo also suffered a big loss in Terrel Bernard, who suffered a concussion and could be out this coming week against the Denver Broncos.
Buffalo heads into their next game on primetime at home, where they have not lost yet this season but they are trending backwards in a tough AFC.