As has happened so much in the 2007 season, the Bengals defense let them down again. This time though, it may have just cost them the season. The Bengals, a team that has underperformed about as much as any other team in 2007, allowed close to 500 yards to the Buffalo Bills Sunday in their latest setback, a 33-21 loss in Western New York. The Bengals fall to a staggering 2-6 on the season, while the Bills are now .500 for the first time this year at 4-4.
The numbers that the Bengals defense allowed overall were off the charts. They gave up 303 net yards passing, 177 yards rushing, and some big plays that halted the Bengals any chance to win a game they felt they had to have. Their offense was again stagnet, with yards of net offense, with Carson Palmer again having a tough day throwing, going 26-39 for 271 yards with two TD’s and no picks. His favorite target was runing back Kenny Watson, who hauled in 7 passes for 90 yards.
For the Bills, the win comes with some big numbers across the board from their playmakers, Lee Evans (9 catches for 165 yards and a score) and rookie back Marshawn Lynch (29 carries for 153 yards and a score). It was Lynch’s 56-yard scamper when it looked like he was tackled in the backfield that put the game away. He broke 2-3 tackles and hit the outside, rushing down the sideline for the long score that made a 26-21 Bills lead into a 33-21 clincher.
The glaring stat was the fact that Cincy’s running game, which was hopeful to have a solid 1-2 punch with Rudi Johnson and Kenny Watson, did nothig on the ground. Both players rushed for just 11 yards each, with Johnson with 9 carries and Watson with 4. The longest rush of the day for the Bengals was just 7 yards, and that came from Palmer. Cincy did get some help from their special teams with Glenn Holt taking a kickoff back 100 yards for a 14-10 lead in the second quarter. The Bengals led 21-16 in the fourth quarter until Buffalo put the game away with 17 fourth quarter points.
The scary moment of the game came in the waining minutes with wide out Chad Johnson was taken from the field on a stretcher after a incomplete pass from Palmer.
The Bengals tough 2007 season continues on the road next week as they travel to Baltimore to play the Ravens at 1pm. The Bills will look to go over .500 for the first time all year as they travel to Miami to play the winless Dolphins.