The Bengals are 3-0 when facing former Super Bowl winning quarterbacks this season, defeating Ben Roethlisberger, Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady within a month. Next on the team's schedule is undrafted quarterback Thad Lewis. To put it lightly, he has much less experience than those guys. The defense has to be licking their chops, facing a quarterback who has started one game in his career.
That didn't sound like the case on Monday night when Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer joined Lance McAlister and Dave Lapham on Cincinnati's ESPN 1530 for Bengals line.
"From what I've seen so far I've been impressed" Zimmer said. "He's got quick feet. It looks like he makes quick decisions. I'm sure they'll be running some of the zone read-option kind of things and some of the screens. We're going to have to be on our p's and q's of where we rush him and not letting him get out of the pocket. It looks like he has a nice strong arm and a quick release."
The Bengals have to be a little wary of playing an athletic quarterback who doesn't have a lot of game film to watch. The Bills still have weapons with C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson and Stevie Johnson. Lewis is still relatively new to the Bills' offensive system. He was traded from the Detroit Lions to the Bills during the final week of the preseason. Lewis' lone start came in Week 17 last season as a member of the Browns. He finished 22-of-32 for 204 yards with one touchdown and one interception. The Browns lost that game 24-10.