Making the start after getting signed off the practice squad, Thad Lewis stepped up early for the Andy Dalton quickly answered back with an 18-yard strike to A.J. Green. Buffalo tried to punch the ball back into the end zone in the second quarter, but the Bengals defense denied an attempt on fourth down. Cincinnati extended its lead thanks to an impressive 20-yard catch-and-run by Giovani Bernard. The Bengals went into halftime leading, 17-10., giving Buffalo a 7-3 lead with a three-yard touchdown plunge.
Cincinnati came out in the third quarter and quickly extended its lead again with a 10-yard pass from Dalton to Marvin Jones. Lewis and the Bills struggled against Cincinnati's defense in the second half, but cut the deficit to seven points with a 22-yard strike to Scott Chandler. Lewis got one more chance and made the most of it, hooking up with Marquise Goodwin from 40 yards out to tie the game with 1:08 left and send things to overtime.
The Bengals took the ball first in extra time and drove into enemy territory, but were unable to get into field goal range and had to punt. Their defense came up big again, forcing the Bills into a three-and-out. Brandon Tate took the ensuing punt all the way down to Buffalo's 33-yard line, and then Mike Nugent nailed the 43-yard field goal to seal the win for the Bengals.
Fantasy studs and duds
A.J. Green recovered from a couple slow weeks, recording six catches for 103 yards and the touchdown. C.J. Spiller had another down week, getting 55 yards on 10 carries.
Marquise Goodwin made his return from a broken hand and scored the game-tying touchdown near the end. Read more about the former Olympic athlete here.
No notable injuries were reported in this game.
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Thewere six-point favorites coming into the game. The Bills managed to win the spread by forcing overtime and losing by a field goal.
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