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Keys To Cincinnati Bengals’ Win Over Buffalo Bills In AFC Divisional Round

Defending AFC Champion Cincinnati Returns to Super Bowl Prelude After Overwhelming Bills Undrafted

Orchard Park – Los Cincinnati Bengals they go back afc championship game,

The defending conference champions showed why they could be considered the best team in the world Americana beat for the second year in a row buffalo bill 27-10 in the Divisional Round to set the stage for another Super Bowl Prelude matchup against kansas city chiefs,

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Cincinnati Bengals

Sunday’s game in Buffalo was Cincinnati’s most dominant playoff performance in the past two years, including their run to the Super Bowl last season. It was a dead giveaway that the Cincinnati team is better than the team that lost 23-20 to the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LVI last February.

Cincinnati never had a chance to clinch the AFC’s No. 1 seed in the regular season, but the Bengals made their strengths clear during their trip to Buffalo.

Worrying trend: Cincinnati should be concerned about the future of their offensive line. Bengals center Ted Karras appeared to play through an unspecified injury during the game. Television broadcasts indicated that Karras had problems with his right knee, but he fought through the end of the game. The Bengals can’t afford to lose any more offensive linemen. Cincinnati entered Sunday’s game with three reserves in starting roles. If Karras also opts out, that leaves left guard Cordell Volson as the only Week 1 starter still in the lineup. However, there is some consolation for Cincinnati’s offensive line. Even with the substitute on the field, the Bengals ran the ball effectively and did a good job of protecting Burrows throughout the game.

Quarterback Analysis: It was one of the best playoff performances of Joe Burrow’s young career. He went 23 of 36 for 242 yards and two touchdowns, completing his first nine passes of the game. Even the few incompletions, including a touchdown to J’Mar Chase that was ruled out, were impressive. Burrows took short passes when they were available, and rushed for yardage when called upon. He also passed Ken Anderson for the most passing yards in post-season history, helping Cincinnati maintain a comfortable lead over Buffalo through most of the game.

Describe the game in two words: major performance. Cincinnati toured in snowy conditions with reserves along the offensive line and never looked threatened by the Bills. According to the Kaiser Sportsbook, the Bengals trailed by 6 points in the hours leading up to the kickoff. In one of the toughest environments in the NFL, the defending AFC champions showed why they are one game away from returning to the Super Bowl.

Underrated Stats to Know: With Buffalo’s defense determined not to allow Cincinnati’s big plays, it was imperative for the Bengals to maintain offensive drives. Cincinnati converted five of their first eight third downs, which played a big part in the team’s ability to play. 30 runs scored in the game. — Ben Baby

next game: In Chief (5:30 p.m. Central Mexico Time, January 29)

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It wasn’t a season-ending moment or a play for the Bills. Instead, the Bills were outplayed from start to finish in all three phases, ending a season that began with so much promise – as Super Bowl favorites – in a swoon.

The team’s first home playoff loss under coach Sean McDermott exposed many of the weaknesses the Bills have suffered throughout the season.

The defense was unable to take advantage of an injured offensive line, while the Bills’ offense failed to string together consistent drives, looking off-beat, being overwhelmed and making frequent errors. Quarterback Josh Allen didn’t turn the ball over until late in the game, as has been the theme for Buffalo recently, but he didn’t look comfortable all game behind an offensive line that has struggled. Again, wide receiver Stefon Diggs was not able to be a consistent part of the game plan, finishing with 4-for-10 catches.

As the defense struggled with injuries, the unit had no formula for slowing down Burrows, and the Bengals moved up and down the field with relative ease.

In one of the biggest scenarios, the team that had set the Super Bowl as the clear and ultimate goal looked so far away from it, almost not seeming prepared enough for the moment.

Now, they enter an off-season with a variety of questions, including key decisions on free agents on defense, the need for help for the offensive line and wide receivers, and what the team has done at the starting position. Contains questions.

Worrying trend: Suffered along with the Bills’ defensive line. Against an offensive line that was without two starters, Buffalo’s defensive front failed to control the line of scrimmage. In the first half, the Bengals had 275 yards, the most the Bills had allowed in any half of the season, 90 of which came on the ground. It was the second most rushing yards the Bengals had before halftime all season, and more than they had in the first four halves of the previous four games combined. Burrows was sacked only once and reached on seven pass kicks. While the Bills have been lacking defensive tackle DaQuan Jones, his inability to generate pressure or slow down the running game is worrying for a group that has invested so much in the Bills over the last two years.

Biggest hole in the game plan: Complete offensive game plan. There is no excuse for a healthy Bills offense to play against the Bengals. A quick 14–0 deficit didn’t help, but the Bills were plagued by poor play everywhere, from play selection to a line drive that didn’t give Allen enough time to find his wide receivers. The Bills were not able to take advantage of Allen’s passing ability, limiting him to just one out-of-the-pocket pass on three attempts in the first three quarters. The weakness of the Bills’ offensive line was on display and the unit just seemed out of rhythm. -Alaina Getzenberg

Underrated Stats to Know: The Bills are just 1-6 in their playoff history (with the only win coming against the Indianapolis Colts on January 9, 2021) when the opponent does not commit a turnover, something the Bengals did not do. The Chiefs did not turn the ball over during last year’s Divisional Round game.

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