Schedule Analysis, Week 6: Cincinnati Bengals At Buffalo Bills

Andy Lyons

We continue our analysis of the Bengals 2013 schedule with the team's Week 6 game in Buffalo against the Bills.

Week 6: Cincinnati Bengals at Buffalo Bills

Date/Time: Oct. 13; 1 p.m. ET

Location: Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

Bengals 2012 record: 10-6 (0-1 playoffs)

Bills 2012 record: 6-10

Offensive Rankings:

Passing:

Bengals: 17th
Bills: 25th

Rushing:

Bengals: 18th
Bills: 6th

Overall:

Bengals: 22nd
Bills: 19th

Defensive Rankings:

Passing:

Bengals: 7th
Bills: 10th

Rushing:

Bengals: 12th
Bills: 31st

Overall:

Bengals: 6th
Bills: 22nd

Head-To-Head Record:

12-15 Bills (3-9 in Buffalo)

Offseason Additions:

Bengals: LB James Harrison, LB Aaron Maybin, TE Alex Smith, G Mike Pollak
Bills: QB Kevin Kolb, LB Manny Lawson, WR Da'Rick Rogers

Key Draft Picks:

Bengals: TE Tyler Eifert, RB Giovani Bernard, DE Margus Hunt, SS Shawn Williams
Bills: QB EJ Manuel, WR Robert Woods, LB Kiko Alonso, WR Marquise Goodwin

Overview:

There's no question that the Bengals are in better shape than the Bills, but that hasn't stopped the Bills from knocking the Bengals around over the last few years. Cincinnati has had trouble with Buffalo. Their win against the Bills at home in 2011 was the first win over Buffalo since 1989. They had lost 10 straight games to that point.

The last time the Bengals won in Buffalo was 1985. While on paper the Bengals are better, they will need to treat the Bills as if they're playing the best team in the NFL to get out of Ralph Wilson Stadium with a win. Having said that, this is the first game of a stretch of potentially easier games that should give the Bengals a break before their schedule toughens up again later in the year.

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