Cincinnati Bengals vs. Buffalo Bills
1:00 PM ET, October 13, 2013
Ralph Wilson Stadium, Buffalo, NY
Last week the Bills got the bad news, their starting rookie QB EJ Manuel would be out for a few weeks because of a sore ACL he suffered from a hit against the Browns, that places rookie Jeff Tuel at the helm of the team against a Bengals defense that has shown a great ability to get after the opposing quarterback. The pressure in this game will be mostly on the Buffalo front five who have to protect this new QB who really has never seen starting action. Look for the Bills to run the ball more than normal in this game as they try to keep Tuel out of harm’s way.
The Bengals are coming off an emotional win over the Patriots at home snapping Tom Brady’s 54 consecutive record of a touchdown per game, they are as aggressive as I have ever seen them on defense and they will be looking to get after the young Bills QB quickly in this game. QB Andy Dalton has completed 114 of his 175 passing attempts for 1215 yards and 5 touchdowns but this team has turned hit’s focus back to the running game with after picking up Ben Green-Ellis as they have gone almost 50-50 between passing and running plays.
The Bills will really lean heavily on Fred Jackson in these next few games not only to block for his new QB but to make plays for him, get them out of sticky situations on third downs. Look for more shotgun plays as well as small slants to get the receivers going as well. Buffalo has to get their defense up to par because they cannot win games if their defense doesn’t not get the necessary stops down the line, I think things should pick up but don’t expect a turnaround for this team this season, it’s going to take them a while to get better.
What to Expect:
The Bengals come into this game on the road favored by 8 points for NFL betting, after watching their commanding defense against the Patriots I expect them to control the clock and keep their offense on the field. I don’t see the Bills getting around Cincinnati’s defense and that is what’s going to get them the lead they need to pretty much run the ball for most of the second half. My opinion is to take the Bengals -8, they will cover mid way through the second half.