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Game predictions | Bills vs. Bengals in Week 3


Josh Allen might always look like a relief pitcher who has bouts of wildness, but it's hard to ignore the increasing number of outrageous throws he makes against pressure. After completing the MetLifedouble to open the season, the Bills' offense is 11th in points, 13th in yards-per-play and 16th in efficiency. Head coach Sean McDermott would gladly take those totals for the entire season and let his defense do the rest. I anticipate the Bengals will keep this game closer than expected after last week's embarrassment, but the mismatch between Buffalo's playmaking defense (with emerging DT Harrison Phillips) and Cincinnati's injured offensive line is too great to ignore.

Buffalo Bills 20, Cincinnati Bengals 16

The Bengals average the second-most passing yards per game in the NFL this season but are dead last in rushing yards. Meanwhile, the Bills' defense ranks in the top 10 against both the pass and the run. If Cincy can't get its run game going, it could be a long Sunday in Buffalo's home opener.

Baby's pick: Bills 24, Bengals 17
Louis-Jacques' pick: Bills 28, Bengals 13

Break up the Bills. They are 2-0 and now get to play their home opener this week after two road games to open the season. The defense is outstanding and Josh Allen is improving by the week. The Bengals were awful on both sides of the ball last week. Bills big.

Pick: Bills 27, Bengals 17

This is a look-ahead spot for the Bills, who get the Patriots next week. Cincinnati wasn't impressive last week, but hopefully the team we saw in Week 1 shows up.

Bengals (+6) over Bills


As the Bills prepare to play at home against the Cincinnati Bengals, scroll through to view photos from previous matchups between the two opponents.

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