Andy Dalton completed passes to John Ross (including a 57-yard touchdown), A.J. Green (including a 14-yard touchdown), Tyler Boyd, Joe Mixon and Tyler Eifert as part of a 180 yard, two touchdown day that earned him a passer rating of 145.8. On defense, Geno Atkins, Carl Lawson and Andrew Billings imposed their will, all notching sacks and making life hard for rookie quarterback Josh Allen.
The Bengals won the game 26-13, 20 points of which came from the first-team offense’s efforts.
So, what did fans think of the Bengals’ third preseason win in three weeks? Well, it offered a lot to be excited about (holy pass rush!) and surely some things for Cincinnati to work on this week (run blocking, anyone?).
Here are some (mostly fan-driven) thoughts following the game, which are dominated by the offensive line play. Be sure to leave your comments on the Bengals vs. Bills preseason action below!
Bengals defeat Bills in preseason "Dress Rehearsal", 26-13Posted by Cincy Jungle on Sunday, August 26, 2018
If our run blocking improves, we could be great. Our pass rush has top-5 potential, and Dalton is dealing now that he has some time.— beau (@madbengalsfan) August 26, 2018
Subject to injury news on Glenn, the PERFECT first half with first team offence and defence looking sharp. Special teams looking sharp all game. Plenty to be encouraged about, especially the prospect of an elite pass rush this season— Peter Dadswell (@Dadders) August 26, 2018
Good, except the run blocking needs a lot of work https://t.co/7JtzsBAlvS— Blake Eggers (@BlakeEggers23) August 26, 2018
Our defense line is gonna be special. Offensive line is a huge improvement from last season. Eifert and Ross playing was huge. Boyd is gonna step up in Lafells absence. My only concern is run blocking which I think can be cleaned up a bit https://t.co/auwQeVPUhE— Perc Nowitzki (@Young_Yolaaaa) August 26, 2018
Fix the run game and this team is playoff bound— Brandon Koon (@krandonboon) August 26, 2018
Best preseason game so far. Better than last week in Dallas and a step above from the Bears game— AJM (@AJMaka82) August 26, 2018
We are a virtual lock for the preseason playoffs now— Nick Pastura (@SenorNickyP) August 26, 2018
FACT: Marvin Lewis has never won a preseason playoff game.— 34inXXIII (@34inXXIII) August 26, 2018
All comes down to offensive line, right?— Jud Patterson (@judpatterson) August 26, 2018
i think the bengals played better than at dallas. if they are consistent in passing theyll open up the run game. great protection, and defense held it together.— jamie (@jamo3_6_0) August 26, 2018
Yeah--run game was poor. Gio looked better than Joe.— Chris Schloemer (Sanantonefan) (@ChrisSchloemer) August 26, 2018
Good win today. Lots of very, very good stuff in there, and a few things that need to be cleaned up— Bengals UK (@WhoDey_UK) August 26, 2018
Trading your Left Tackle for capital to move up and draft a QB... What could go wrong? https://t.co/sxPXVSgSiB— Matt Minich (@CoachMinich) August 26, 2018
I'll repeat what I said in a tweet earlier and have said all summer: I don't buy the 4-12 doom and gloom predictions for this team. They've got the talent to be good. Will they put it together? I don't know, but there are a lot of reasons to believe they'll be better than last yr— Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) August 26, 2018
First team offense and defense looked great. Buffalo looked bad. Hopefully no serious injuries.— Chris Schloemer (Sanantonefan) (@ChrisSchloemer) August 26, 2018
Hit on Schreck was horrible. Lowered his head and hit him as he was sliding. Dude should be fined and suspended. Imagine if Burfict did that.
Great victory! Everyone worked very hard!— sally byler (@ohiocabin) August 26, 2018
Hope the right side of line improves and run game gets going, and a deep playoff run is well within reach. Defense is good enough to win Championship.— Michael Wilder (@iamwilder12) August 26, 2018
Awesome inside pass rush by Jordan Willis here— Matt Minich (@CoachMinich) August 26, 2018
Push-pull doesn't work so he tries it again to the other side... Success pic.twitter.com/dvvpQgR2iS