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Bengals vs Bills: Winners/Losers

Instant reaction to the Cincinnati Bengals 34-21 win over the Buffalo Bills.

Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports


DARQUEZE DENNARD: With under three minutes remaining in the first quarter, EJ Manuel lofted a third down pass over the middle. Dennard, playing underneath, recorded his first career interception and returned it to Cincinnati's 45-yard line. Dennard replaced Leon Hall, who was a last-minute scratch, as the team's third-cornerback (or AKA, the slot corner).

GIOVANI BERNARD: Despite being the "secondary running back" on an offense starring Jeremy Hill, Bernard has critically become one of Cincinnati's best weapons. On Sunday against the Bills, Bernard easily scored on a 17-yard touchdown and generated 73 yards from scrimmage on nine touches -- four of which resulted in a touchdown or first down.

MARVIN JONES: By halftime, Jones had a pedestrian 22 yards receiving and was, otherwise, a blimp on a cloaked radar. During Cincinnati's opening possession in the third quarter, Andy Dalton completed five of six passes, of which four went to Jones for 66 yards receiving; including a 42-yard bomb and an acrobatic 10-yard screen that gave Cincinnati a 24-14 lead with 11:01 remaining in the third.

CARLOS DUNLAP: The defensive end is having the type of growth where Pro Bowls, All-Pro rosters and even more impressive trophies could collect some dust on his mantel. Dunlap generated 1.5 sacks on Sunday against the Bills, giving him 6.5 on the season -- his career high is 9.5 (2010) and 8.0 (2014).

ANDY DALTON has generated a passer rating of 115+ in five of six games this year--the one exception being against Seattle where he engineered a tear-inducing comeback with two touchdowns and a rating of 95.9. He scored three times against the Bills, giving him a 14-2 touchdown-interception ratio on the season and a legitimate argument as an MVP candidate. No one really cares if you like him or not. He's having a hell of a career-defining season.


OFFICIALS: We counted 13,613 instances of offensive holding by the Bills offensive line.