By Elliot Harrison
Sunday, 1PM ET, FOX
Bills 30, Bengals 23
The Bills' wait for their fifth win feels even longer than the Bruce Willis-Ben Affleck manlove scene at the end of "Armageddon." And Buffalo has had almost two weeks to get healthy for this game. My one concern for picking the Bills here: The Bengals' desperation. But could Cincy still be in the mix even if it fell to 3-6-1? If the Steelers win Sunday, they go to 5-5. The Ravens will probably fall to 5-5 in Big D. So, the season wouldn't be lost for Marvin Lewis' group. Unlike Eli Manning, Tyrod Taylor and the Bills' offense won't be doing the Bengals any favors. Buffalo has turned it over all of five times, fewest in the NFL, while the low-risk run game reaps high rewards at 155 per. #BUFvsCIN
By Mike Florio
Bills at Bengals
MDS's take: Rex Ryan just hasn't been able to get the Bills' defense playing well. Andy Dalton and A.J. Green should have a big day.
MDS's pick: Bengals 30, Bills 23.
Florio's take: Cincinnati is operating on a short week and the Bills are coming off of a bye. But the Bengals have their backs against the wall, and there's enough left of the five-time playoff team to dig deep, at least for one week.
Florio's pick: Bengals 27, Bills 20.
By Chris Simms
When: Sunday, Nov. 20, at 1 p.m. ET (Fox)
Cincinnati's defense is too talented to be this bad.
It's the 21st-ranked unit in football. This, despite featuring Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap and all that secondary depth. The Bengals could use some of Mike Zimmer's toughness back.
Of all the weeks to avoid a "soft" label, this one is it. Buffalo's running game is refreshed off a bye week. LeSean McCoy's hamstring should be ready to roll. And when we saw Tyrod Taylor last, he was dicing up a Seahawks defense with his arm and legs. He'll pick that level of play right back up in a big road game.
I like Buffalo's defense even more in this contest. Cincinnati's offensive creativity starts and ends with the super-spread, where offensive tackles motion back in from out wide. It worked on one play last week. Rex Ryan won't let it work again.
Prediction: Bills 27, Bengals 21
Bills at Bengals
Prediction: Bengals win by 2
Both these teams are desperate for a win to stay in the AFC playoff picture. The Bengals are coming off a short week, while the Bills are coming off a bye. Tyrod Taylor had one of the better games for any quarterback two weeks ago in a road loss at Seattle, showing some of the solid play that made him one of the more valuable free-agent acquisitions in the league last season. For Taylor to continue his strong play into this week, the Bills' offensive line, led by Richie Incognito (78.8), needs to return to its 2015 form and slow Geno Atkins (85.6) and the Bengals' strong front four. Atkins remains one of the best interior defenders not named Aaron Donald, posting the second-best pass-rushing productivity mark (11.0) among defensive tackles so far this season. That pass-rush will be needed, as the Bengals' secondary has been shaky through the season's first 10 weeks. Look for a compelling one in Cincinnati this week.
By Pete Prisco
Bengals 26, Bills 20
The Bills are coming off a bye, but they lost three straight before that. The Bengals are playing on a short week after losing to the Giants Monday night. They looked better on defense that night, and this is desperation time for both teams. I will go with the home team here.
By David Steele
Buffalo Bills (4-5) at Cincinnati Bengals (3-5-1)
Sunday, 1 p.m., Fox
Speaking of momentum, the Bills need to carry over their pre-bye anger from their loss in Seattle. They also needed the week off to help LeSean McCoy's hamstring to heal more. The Bengals are at the stage where they almost don't remember how to win games. Yet they still have a good chance in a mediocre AFC North, so they'd better start remembering soon. Bengals, 24-20