Bills Beat Bengals 20-10
Many negatives in one sided win.
by Steve Saslow
August 25, 2001
It was another sloppy performance against a club that isn't very good as the Bills defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 20-10 tonight to raise their preseason record to 2-1. By the third exhibition game things should start to jell especially since most starters including QB Rob Johnson played into the third quarter. Unfortunately the same errors continue to pop up as the Bills were called for 8 penalties in the first half alone. The offensive line were the guilty ones for many holding and illegal procedure calls. The red zone offense struggled and Johnson looked lost at times in the West Coast Offense as he was running for his life behind an inept and inexperienced offensive line.
There were some positives though as there would have to be to win the game like they did. The defense showed that they could be opportunistic forcing three turnovers and getting a safety when Eric Flowers recorded one of the team's six sacks in the end zone in the opening quarter. The defense played very well after giving up an opening field goal drive. Their only other blemish was a long run that setup the Bengals only touchdown. They forced to fourth down incompletions late in the game when the Bengals were trying to come back.
On offense after a slow start, Johnson finally found the end zone when he hit Jeremy McDaniel for a score. He did start the third quarter and drove the Bills to what should have been a field goal but Steve Christie missed for the third time in the game. This situation is getting a bit worrisome as Christie and his new long snapper and holder are definitely struggling on timing. The Bills second touchdown was in the fourth quarter when rookie RB Curtis Alexander opened some eyes with a nice 55 yard scamper that setup an Alex Van Pelt touchdown pass to rookie TE/HB Josh Whitman. Van Pelt then hit Dan O'Leary for the two point conversion.
There were positives and negatives from this win and there will be more things to continue to work on over the next two weeks. The club has to cut five players by Tuesday. Here's a list of players who helped and hurt themselves in this game: