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Bengals bash Allen and the Bills, 26-13

Josh Allen was sacked five times in a rough half for the Bills offense

August 26, 2018 - 5:00 pm

Josh Allen's first start as a Buffalo Bill did not go as, maybe, he had hoped.

The Bills' offense under Allen got bashed and battered throughout the first half by the Cincinnati Bengals, and got shut out before Nathan Peterman's arrival in the second half. By that time, Andy Dalton and the Bengals offense had done their damage, putting up 20 points on the scoreboard, en route to a 26-13 win over the Bills at New Era Field.

The spotlight was on the rookie quarterback as he got the start on Sunday after two strong appearances this preseason against the Carolina Panthers and the Cleveland Browns. The 22-year-old had gone 18-of-32 through the two games played, tossing two touchdowns along the way and making some impressive plays to help the team move the football down the field and put up points on the scoreboard.

However, Allen was under duress in the eight series of work he got in and was sacked a total of five times. Overall, Allen went 6-of-12 in the loss for just 34 yards before exiting the game late in the second quarter after hitting his head on the turf. Allen went under evaluation for a head injury after another play, but he was cleared and did not play another down.

Peterman entered the game and played well once again, going 16-of-21 for 200 yards and a 17-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jason Croom in the third quarter. In three preseason games, Peterman has completed 80.5-percent of his passes for 431 yards, and an interception as he continues to fight for the starting job in Buffalo.

As for the Bills defense, they struggled to stop the Bengals in the air after struggling to stop the Browns on the ground the week before. After the fans of Buffalo welcomed Dalton with a warm reception for helping the Bills clinch a playoff berth last season, the veteran quarterback threw all over the secondary, completing 11-of-16 passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns. One of those touchdowns came on the first play on offense as Dalton hit John Ross for a 57-yard touchdown

Overall, the Bengals torched the Bills for 367 yards through the air, but only managed to gain 68 of their total yards on the ground.

The Bills will wrap up the preseason on Thursday when they travel to Chicago to face the Bears at Soldier Field. Kickoff in Chicago is scheduled for 8 p.m.

First Quarter:

  • 7-0 BENGALS (9:16) - Bengals touchdown - Andy Dalton tosses a 57-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver John Ross, extra-point attempt was good
    • Drive info: 1 play, 57 yards, 0:13
  • 14-0 BENGALS (4:32) - Bengals touchdown - Dalton connects a 14-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver A.J. Green, extra-point attempt was good
    • Drive info: 6 plays, 46 yards, 2:13

Second Quarter: 

  • 17-0 BENGALS (9:19) - Bengals field goal - Randy Bullock converts a 46-yard field goal attempt
    • Drive info: 10 plays, 58 yards, 5:06
  • 20-0 BENGALS (3:48) - Bengals field goal - Bullock is good on a 37-yard field goal attempt
    • Drive info: 6 plays, 31 yards, 2:21

Third Quarter: 

  • 23-0 BENGALS (10:57) - Bengals field goal - Bullock's 33-yard field goal attempt is good
    • Drive info: 9 plays, 53 yards, 4:08
  • 23-7 BENGALS (5:45) - Bills touchdown - Nathan Peterman completes a 17-yard touchdown pass to Jason Croom, extra-point attempt is good
    • Drive info: 10 plays, 79 yards, 5:07
  • 23-7 BENGALS (3:52) - Bills interception - Rafael Bush picks off a pass from Matt Barkley that was intended for wide receiver Auden Tate. Bush returned the interception 26-yards to the Bengals' 26-yard line.
  • 23-13 BENGALS (1:38) - Bills touchdown - Travaris Cadet scores on a one-yard touchdown run, Buffalo's two-point conversion was unsuccessful
    • Drive info: 4 plays, 26 yards, 1:59

Fourth Quarter: 

  • 26-13 BENGALS (6:13) - Bengals field goal - Jonathan Brown's field goal attempt is good from 19-yards out
    • Drive info: 12 plays, 79 yards, 5:17 



Buffalo Bills:

Nathan Peterman: 16-of-21, 200 yards, 1 TD

Josh Allen: 6-of-12, 41 yards

Cincinnati Bengals:

Andy Dalton: 11-of-16, 180 yards, 2 TDs

Matt Barkley: 9-of-16, 112 yards, 1 INT

Jeff Driskel: 4-of-7, 75 yards 


Buffalo Bills:

Marcus Murphy: 11 carries, 58 yards

Keith Ford: 5 carries, 32 yards 

Chris Ivory: 3 carries, 31 yards

Travaris Cadet: 4 carries, 12 yards, 1 TD

Cincinnati Bengals:

Tra Carson: 4 carries, 24 yards

Brian Hill: 4 carries, 24 yards

Quinton Flowers: 7 carries, 12 yards

Joe Mixon: 6 carries, 7 yards 

Giovani Bernard: 4 carries, 3 yards  



Buffalo Bills:

Logan Thomas: 4 receptions, 55 yards 

Kelvin Benjamin: 2 receptions, 39 yards 

Jason Croom: 2 receptions, 28 yards, 1 TD

Charles Clay: 4 receptions, 24 yards 

Brandon Reilly: 1 reception, 23 yards 

Cincinnati Bengals:

John Ross: 2 receptions, 66 yards, 1 TD 

Mason Schreck: 3 receptions, 58 yards 

Tyelr Boyd: 4 receptions, 54 yards 

A.J. Green: 4 receptions, 50 yards, 1 TD 



Buffalo Bills:

Jordan Poyer: 7 tackles, 1 tackle for loss

Tremaine Edmunds: 7 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 pass defensed 

Matt Milano, 7 tackles, 1 pass defensed

Rafael Bush: 2 tackles, 1 interception  

Cincinnati Bengals:

Carl Lawson: 3 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 3 QB hits

Andrew Billings: 2 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2 QB hits 

Shawn Williams: 6 tackles, 1 pass defensed 


Total Yards:

Bills: 329
Bengals: 435

Passing Yards:

Bills: 186
Bengals: 367

Rushing Yards:

Bills: 143
Bengals: 68

First Downs:

Bills: 19
Bengals: 22


Bills: 13 for 125 yards
Bengals: 8 for 54 yards

Time of Possession:

Bills: 28:58
Bengals: 31:02

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