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Bengals vs. Bills 2018: Cincinnati dominates in Buffalo

The Bengals and Bills will be continuing the bromance in the teams’ dress rehearsal for the regular season.

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The Bengals beat the Bills 26-13 in the third week of preseason action. Get a full game breakdown here.

Fourth quarter update:

To begin the quarter on offense, center Brad Lundblade came into the game with the second-team offensive line to replace Christian Westerman at left guard, who left the game with a back injury. Running backs Jarveon Williams and Brian Hill also left the game in this sequence with a knee and an apparent groin injury, respectively. The drive ended with a 19-yard field goal from Jonathan Brown to increase the Bengals lead to 26-13. That score would hold as the Bengals notched their third win of the preseason.

Third quarter update:

Randy Bullock has read your tweets and knocks in his third field goal of the day, this time from 40 yards out, increasing the Bengals lead to 23-0. The Bills responded on quarterback Nathan Peterman’s first drive, going 79 yards on 10 plays and a 17-yard catch and run by wide receiver Jason Croom got the Bills up on the scoreboard, which decreased the Bengals lead to 23-7.

Following a ball bouncing off wide receiver Auden Tate‘s hands that led to an interception, the Bills punched in a one-yard touchdown run by running back Travaris Cadet. A failed two-point conversion kept the score at 23-13.

Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton entered the locker room at halftime with the Buffalo Bills. He’s basically one of them.

Meanwhile, the Bengals held a strong 20-0 lead over the Bills as the second half began with Matt Barkley under center for the Bengals and Nathan Peterman playing quarterback for the Bills after Josh Allen had to leave the game to be evaluated for a potential concussion.

Here are some notable Bengals first half statistics in a strong showing from the starters, led off by Carl Lawson on defense and Dalton on offense.

Second quarter update:

Left tackle Cordy Glenn left the game before the first drive of the quarter with a shoulder injury and was declared out. Cedric Ogbuehi came on and replaced him instead of Jake Fisher. Randy Bullock capped off the drive with a 46-yard field goal to make it 17-0. Another Bullock field goal from 37 yards out made it 20-0 and finished a 30-yard drive led by Matt Barkley, who came on to replace Dalton at quarterback.

At this point, it’s been sheer domination by the Bengals thanks in large part to the pass rush:

The defensive line’s continued dominance closed the half and the Bengals went back into the locker room still pitching a shutout up 20-0.

First quarter update:

After a quick three-and-out was forced by the Bengals pass rush, Andy Dalton wasted no time and hit John Ross on a 57-yard touchdown on the first play for the offense to give them a 7-0 lead early on.

Tight end Tyler Eifert made his debut appearance in the second drive for the offense, and his first catch on the third drive, which was capped off by a 14-yard A.J. Green touchdown, increasing the lead to 14-0.

The Bengals and Bills will be meeting for what is considered the dress rehearsal for the regular season this Sunday.

It’s Week 3 of the preseason and Andy Dalton is the most loved guy in Buffalo:

Before the starters get the final preseason game off to rest for the season opener, they will likely play at least throughout the entire first half of the game. How much longer they go from there? That’s a question for the game to decide.

Another question entirely is how much of the new offense and defense will be showcasing. Some teams like to game plan for preseason games, but others prefer to keep it fairly vanilla and stick to pure evaluation. Thus far, the Bengals have done the latter.

Obviously Bengals’ fans will be watching to see how Andy Dalton operates under the new offense with an extended look. Surrounding him, running back Joe Mixon may get a chance to get some rhythm going being out on the field for more than a few drives, and wide receiver John Ross will always have fans watching to see how many targets he will get. Ultimately, this is the closest thing for fans to get excited about and watch how their team will look when the games count.

How to watch and follow Bengals at Bills

Game: Cincinnati Bengals (2-0) at Buffalo Bills (1-1)

Date/Time: Aug. 26, 2018 at 4 p.m. EST

Location: New Era Field

Series Leader: Buffalo, 16-15 (regular season and playoffs)

Streak: The Bengals have won four of the last five.

Coaches vs. Opponent: Marvin Lewis: 4-6. Sean McDermott: 0-1

TV Broadcast: The game is a national FOX-TV broadcast. The FOX affiliate in Cincinnati is WXIX-TV (Channel 19). Additional regional FOX affiliates include WGRT-TV (Ch. 45) in Dayton, WTTE-TV (Ch. 28) in Columbus, WLIO-TV (Ch. 8.2) in Lima, WDKY-TV (Ch. 56) in Lexington and WDRB-TV (Ch. 41) in Louisville. Broadcasters are Kevin Burkhardt (play-by-play), Charles Davis (analyst) and Pam Oliver (sideline reporter).

Radio Broadcast: The game will air on the Bengals Radio Network, led by Cincinnati flagship stations WCKY-AM (ESPN 1530; all sports) and WEBN-FM (102.7). Broadcasters are Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Dave Lapham (analyst).

Online Stream: NFL Gamepass

SB Nation Bills site: Buffalo Rumblings

Weather: Mid 70’s, mostly cloudy [NFL weather]

Odds: Bengals, +1.5 [Odds Shark]

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Replay: NFL Network and NFL Gamepass

Prediction: OddsShark projects a 26-17 Bengals loss.

What are you hoping to see during the Bengals third preseason game?