1 - McCoy hungry for a score
The Bills most dangerous weapon, LeSean McCoy, has yet to score a touchdown this season. It's been five straight games since McCoy scored a touchdown. That's tied for the second-longest streak of his career. If he goes without a touchdown against Cincinnati it would match his career long of six games.
His scoreless streak stretches back to last season. It was a Week 16 matchup against the Miami Dolphins. McCoy carried the ball 24 times for 128 yards and added a touchdown.!(http://bufbills.co/COVsQ1)
McCoy acknowledged that he hasn't found the end zone in a while. He feels it's just a matter of time until he breaks out.
"(Touchdowns) come in bunches. The way it plays out you get lucky and get three in a game or two in a game. It starts with that first one, that first game, the first touchdown and yards, they all kind of roll together," McCoy said. "Just got to get over that hump and get going. That's kind of been our issue. I haven't gotten in the end zone either. It's about finishing some drives and putting some points up."
Despite not scoring touchdowns, McCoy has been beneficial to the Bills offense. He leads the team in receptions (21) and is second in receiving yards (163). The dual-threat running back has been one of Tyrod Taylor's favorite options.
"Having Shady [LeSean McCoy] back there definitely opens up things behind the linebackers," Taylor said. "But we definitely have to get Shady going."
2 - Hyde's rolling heading into Cincinnati
The Bills first-year safety, Micah Hyde, was a man on a mission in the second half against the Atlanta Falcons. Hyde snagged an interception in the third and fourth quarters of the game. It's the first time in his five-year career he's had two interceptions in a game.
The 6-0, 197-pound safety joined The Jim Rome Show to explain what went down on his critical fourth quarter interception.
"Our nickel [corner] Leonard Johnson did an awesome job of getting underneath the throw and getting his hand up. It was tipped right to me and I was able to get my hand underneath it on the diving play. From there just ran it back a little bit," Hyde said. "I got tackled by a lineman so I've been hearing it a lot this week from the guys. So hopefully next time I can get to the touchdown."
Hyde comes to Buffalo after spending his first four seasons in Green Bay. He hasn't skipped a beat since becoming a Bill. He's tied for the most interceptions (3) in the league. The 26-year-old is embracing his new role in Western New York.
"We're taking it a game at a time. We're just a bunch of misfits that came here to Buffalo and trying to have one common goal, that's to win," Hyde said. "A lot of people are counting us out. We love it that way. We're the underdogs going into each and every game. We wouldn't want to have it any other way."
3 - Bills linebacker is heading home
Fourth-year linebacker, Preston Brown, is heading to his hometown to face the Cincinnati Bengals. The team played there in Week Nine last season, so he noted it's not as big of a deal this year. Brown's more concerned with walking away with a win heading into the bye week.
"Going into the bye week it's a big week for us. A team coming off a great win. Andy Dalton only missed like five throws. It's going to be a touch challenge for us but we'll be ready," he said on The John Murphy Show.
Brown should be flying all over the field against the Bengals. He's second on the team in tackles (30). The team leader in tackles, Ramon Humber, is out indefinitely with a thumb injury.
Buffalo (3-1) is the underdog against Cincinnati (1-3). Despite the records, the Bills aren't getting any love on the road.
"We're excited and we're still hungry," Brown said. "We're still the underdogs no matter how many games we win."
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