Bengals out execute Bills 26-13

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Location: New Era Field

Preseason Records: Buffalo (1-2), Cincinnati (3-0)

Final Score: Bengals 26, Bills 13

In a nutshell:

Bills rookie quarterback Josh Allen made his first appearance as the team's starter in live game action.

Andy Dalton and his wife Jordan made their return to Buffalo after Dalton helped to propel the Bills into the playoffs in 2017.

Bengals tight end Mason Schreck played his first game at New Era Field after being drafted by the Bengals in the seventh round of the 2017 draft out of the University at Buffalo.

Today's game marked the ninth time the Bills and the Bengals have met in the preseason, and the first time since 2010. The Bills now hold a record of five wins and four losses in preseason contests with Cincinnati.

Bills DT Adolphus Washington played against his hometown team for the third time in his career.

How it went down:

-Andy Dalton connected with John Ross on a 57-yard touchdown pass on his first throw of the game.

-With 4:32 left in the first quarter, Dalton completed a 14-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Green; making the score 14 to 0 in favor of the Bengals.

-Randy Bullock knocked through a 46-yard field goal with 9:19 remaining in the first half to put the Bengals up by 17 points.

-Bullock converted his second field goal of the game with 3:48 left in the second quarter, making the score 20 to 0.

-Randy Bullock capped off a nine play 54-yard drive with another field goal with 10:52 left in the third quarter, putting the Bengals up by 23.

-On the first Bills possession of the second half, Nathan Peterman completed a 17-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jason Croom. Croom's touchdown catch made the score 23 to 7 with 5:45 remining in the third quarter.

-A Rafael Bush interception and a 21-yard pass to Jason Croom set up a one-yard touchdown run by Travaris Cadet. Buffalo's two-point conversion was unsuccessful, making the score 23 to 13 in favor of Cincinnati.

-After a terrific stand on the goal line, Bengals backup kicker Jonathan Brown converted a 19-yard field goal to increase the Bengals lead to 16 points.

Subplots:

-In the first half, Ryan Groy was shifted to both left and right guard as the Bills attempted to effectively block for Josh Allen.

-Bills linebacker Julian Stanford left the game early in the first quarter with a nose injury, he did not return. Stanford was replaced with Tanner Vallejo on special teams.

-Former Buffalo Bill Cordy Glenn left the game in the first quarter with a shoulder injury and he did not return.

-Taron Johnson started the game at nickel cornerback with the first team defense.

-Josh Allen left the game in the final minute of the second quarter after being hit by Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap, Allen was cleared to return to play but did not return to the game.

-Jon Ryan made his Bills debut three minutes and 34 seconds into the fourth quarter.

-Bills offensive tackle De'Ondre Wesley left the game with 5:09 remaining in the game and did not return with an undisclosed injury.

Photos from Buffalo's 2018 preseason Week 3 game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

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