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#1 14.01.2020 07:00:26

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Still winless as September winds down.The Bengals are off to

another one of their season-scuttling starts Youth Josh Allen Jerseys , this time under a new coach.They were pushed around in the first half, pulled off a big rally for a late lead, then frittered it away in the closing minutes for a 21-17 loss in Buffalo .Zac Taylor is 0-3 in his first year as head coach, matching Marvin Lewis' start when he was hired in 2003. The Bengals have never reached the playoffs after opening a season 0-3.As September fades, it's already circle-the-wagons time. Taylor admonished his team so loudly after the game that his voice carried outside the locker room. He told his players that the "wolves" were coming — fans and media ready to write the team off — and a big game is up next, one that could change their trajectory."Thank God we play 16 games and not three because it would be a long year, but we have 13 more to go and we're going to be headed in the right direction and everyone in that locker room believes it and there's no doubt about it," Taylor said.Through the first three games, they've lurched from self-destruction to stretches of impressive performance, but they've been unable to do things right long enough to get a win, especially at the end of games."You see the potential," safety Jessie Bates III said.For now, everyone sees the record.WHAT'S WORKINGThe defense was flattened during a 41-17 loss to San Francisco at Paul Brown Stadium. It was much better a week later, getting a fumble and an interception that gave Cincinnati a chance for its late rally to a 17-14 lead. The defense hung in there despite being on the field for 23 minutes in the first half because the offense managed only one first down."We put them in a bind and fortunately they held up long enough for us to stick in that game," Taylor said.The worn-down defense gave up a 78-yard touchdown drive in the closing minutes as Buffalo pulled it out.WHAT NEEDS HELPPenalties were a huge issue again. They were penalized seven times in the first half as the Bills pulled ahead 14-0. A penalty for too many men on the field put the Bills in position to go for a 2-point conversion. A holding penalty wiped out a touchdown on a kickoff return. The offense has put itself in poor down-and-distance situations in all three games.STOCK UPFour days after promising that he was going to re-emerge, running back Joe Mixon was a key part of the offense. He came into the game averaging only 1.6 yards per carry. In Buffalo, he ran for 61 yards, averaging 4.1 per carry Josh Allen Jerseys Stitched , and caught two passes for 34 yards and a touchdown — not a great game, but a move in the right direction.STOCK DOWNReceiver John Ross III topped 100 yards receiving in each of the two first games. In Buffalo, he dropped a pass and fumbled in the first half. Ross was targeted six times and finished with two catches for 22 yards.INJUREDTaylor said receiver A.J. Green isn't ready to return to practice and won't play in Pittsburgh. Green is recovering from an ankle injury suffered the first practice of training camp. He's expected back sometime in the season's first half.KEY NUMBER0 — The number of times the Bengals have made the playoffs or even managed a winning record after starting 0-3. It's the 15th time in the Bengals' 52 seasons that they've dropped their first three games."Playoffs are so far down the road that we just need to win a game, and it starts this week with our best foot forward and going to get one," Taylor said.NEXT STEPSThe next step is a doozy. The Bengals play the team that has dominated them, on the stage where they've been at their worst. They and the Steelers are 0-6 combined heading into their Monday night game at Heinz Field. The Bengals have lost eight straight and 11 of 12 against their AFC North rival, with the only win coming at Heinz Field in 2015. The Bengals are 6-15 in prime-time games since 2011, when Andy Dalton was a rookie, including 2-5 on Monday night. The Buffalo Bills were able to win some battles on Sunday against the New England Patriots, but they ultimately lost the war, dropping a tightly-contested 16-10 game. Buffalo’s defense played fantastically, but struggles with ball security and special teams led to the team’s undoing.How did our five Bills to watch fare this week? It was a mixed bag, for sure.<hr class="p-entry-hr" id="MSTfqG">QB Josh AllenYikes. Allen spent much of the day running for his life, to be fair, as the Patriots were able to pressure him early and often, consistently flushing the young quarterback and preventing him from progressing through his reads. Allen’s footwork looked bad, especially in the first half, as he misfired repeatedly on short Youth Tremaine Edmunds Jerseys , quick throws meant to give him some rhythm. After the pass rush started coming through, Allen found himself trying to make something out of nothing, firing three pretty bad interceptions on balls he shouldn’t have thrown. The good is that he seemed to settle down after the half, as he looked far better in the third quarter than he did in the beginning of the game. In the first half, Allen was 5-of-17 for 60 yards and two interceptions. In the third quarter, he was 8-of-10 for 93 yards with one interception. The turnovers were a big problem, but he clearly looked more comfortable in the third period, especially during an opening drive where he repeatedly hit short, underneath throws in moving methodically down the field for the only touchdown drive New England has allowed all season. He only threw one pass in the fourth quarter before a dirty helmet-to-helmet hit by Jonathan Jones knocked him out of the game.It wasn’t a good day for Allen, but it’s not the end of the world. Bill Belichick’s defenses have a habit of eating young quarterbacks alive. Allen needs to learn from his mistakes and continue his growth, but first, he’ll need to heal.RB Frank GoreThe veteran has been worth every penny this year, as he continues to look far younger than his years. Gore has a penchant for gaining tough yards, and he’s shown a little explosion, as well. He broke off a 41-yard run on Sunday, and he totaled 17 carries for 109 yards. He was targeted once in the passing game, though he failed to haul in the pass. Gore did most of his damage in the first half, carrying nine times for 88 yards in the early-going. In the second half Tremaine Edmunds Jerseys Stitched , the Bills went more with T.J. Yeldon in an effort to provide a better receiving target, first for Josh Allen and then for Matt Barkley. Yeldon actually played more snaps than Gore in the game, appearing on 45 snaps as opposed to 38 for the venerable veteran. In the fourth quarter, Gore saw only three carries for three total yards even though the team was within one score. If rookie Devin Singletary is able to play next week against the Tennessee Titans, Gore may see his snaps dialed back even further, but on Sunday, he was one of Buffalo’s brightest spots.TE Dawson KnoxI said in our Slack channel this week that I thought Knox, a former high school quarterback, would throw a pass this week. I had the play right, but it was John Brown throwing the pass instead. Knox played more snaps (54) than any other Bills tight end, but he was only targeted three times on the game. He caught all three of those targets, totaling 58 yards in the process. I wish I knew why he wasn’t a bigger part of the game plan to begin the contest, as his size (6’4” and 254 lbs) and athleticism was one of the more favorable match-ups Buffalo had this week. On the fourth-down pass to Zay Jones, in particular, Knox’s size and obvious contested-catch ability would have been hugely beneficial. Instead, the staff went three-wide with Lee Smith in to serve as an extra blocker. I’d rather the Bills have split Knox out and thrown the bigger target the jump-ball if that’s the play they wanted to execute. OL Cody FordAt this point in his young career, Ford is not doing the job at right tackle. He has been consistently beaten in pass protection, and while he has been better in run-blocking situations Andre Reed Jersey , he hasn’t been good enough in them to justify continuing to rotate with veteran Ty Nsekhe. To be fair, Nsekhe was the right tackle on Matt Barkley’s interception, when it appeared that a miscommunication between Nsekhe and T.J. Yeldon allowed linebacker Kyle Van Noy to come through untouched. Perhaps all of this rotating is preventing the line from gelling as a unit, as the group continually has to adjust to a different guy at the position. Ford struggled with New England’s pass rush all day, and Pro Football Focus graded him at a 38.2 in pass blocking for the day. I understand that the coaching staff wants to give Ford reps, and I also think he’s going to be a very good offensive lineman in time. However, he isn’t a very good offensive lineman right now. He should be relegated to sixth-man status.LB Tremaine EdmundsWell, Buffalo’s 21-year old middle linebacker looked outstanding on Sunday. He was great in pass coverage, nearly intercepting a slant in the fourth quarter that could have been returned for a touchdown. He was aggressive in run pursuit, but not overly so, hitting holes when they were there and playing his assignments when he couldn’t make the play himself. When the day was over, Edmunds had 11 tackles (a game-high total), two tackles for loss, and that one pass deflection. New England does a phenomenal job opening the middle of the field through jet-action and pick plays, but Edmunds read his keys well and played sound football. More days like this one from Edmunds will only make a great defense even better.



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