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Bills stay unbeaten by rallying back to beat Bengals 21-17

Sun Sep 22 4:56pm ET
By JOHN WAWROW
AP Sports Writer

Players: Frank Gore, Andy Dalton, Randy Bullock, Joe Mixon, Josh Allen, Dawson Knox

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) throws a pass for a touchdown to Joe Mixon during the second half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/John Munson)


Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) rushes for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/John Munson)


Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon (28) rushes during the second half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)


Buffalo Bills' Kevin Johnson (29) tackles Cincinnati Bengals' Auden Tate (19) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)


CORRECTS DATE - Buffalo Bills' Dawson Knox (88) celebrates with teammates Lee Smith (85) and Josh Allen (17) after scoring a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/John Munson)


CORRECTS DATE - Buffalo Bills' Dawson Knox, right, catches a pass for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game as Cincinnati Bengals free safety Jessie Bates (30) watches Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)


ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Frank Gore scored on a 1-yard run with 1:50 remaining in rallying the Buffalo Bills to a home-opening 21-17 victory over the winless Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

Tight end Dawson Knox set up the score by bowling over two Bengals for a 49-yard gain. And cornerback Tre'Davious White sealed the win by intercepting Andy Dalton's tipped pass on third-and-5 from Buffalo's 28 with 12 seconds remaining.

The Bills squandered a 14-0 lead and were forced to rally back after the Bengals scored 17 points to take the lead on three consecutive possessions.

Buffalo improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2011 and only third time in 26 years. The Bengals fell to 0-3.

Frank Gore also scored on a 1-yard run and finished 76 yards rushing.

Bills starter Josh Allen finished 23 of 36 for 243 yards with a 1-yard touchdown pass to Knox and a costly interception, which set up the Bengals' first touchdown. Allen was nearly picked off two more times and almost lost a fumble before being ruled he was out of bounds.

Buffalo's defense came to the rescue after appearing winded on a hot afternoon with temperatures in the 80s.

The Bills forced four turnovers, with White finishing with two interceptions.

Andy Dalton went 20 of 36 for 249 yards and two interceptions.

Dalton and the Bengals' offense overcame a dreadful start by coming alive midway through the third quarter - and after Cincinnati got the ball on Buffalo's 22 following Darius Phillips interception.

Dalton scored on a 1-yard run three plays later to cut Buffalo's lead to 14-7.

On the Bengals' next possession, Dalton capped an 11-play, 82-yard drive with a 1-yard pass to Joe Mixon.

Cincinnati then went ahead 17-14 when Randy Bullock hit a 43-yard field goal with 4:54 left.

Allen responded with a seven-play 78-yard drive in producing his fourth career winning drive and second this season. Buffalo overcame a 16-0 deficit to beat the New York Jets to open the season.

Knox, a rookie, played a huge role on the decisive drive. On the second play from scrimmage, Allen hit Knox, who was wide open at midfield near the left sideline. Spinning to run upfield, Knox bowled over safety Shawn Williams and then shed Jessie Bates' attempt to tackle him before finally being brought down at the Bengals 22.

Mixon finished with 61 yards rushing, more than doubling the 27 yards he managed in his first two games. He also topped the Bengals' two-game total of 59 yards entering the game.

0-NO

Bengals rookie coach Zac Taylor, who took over after Marvin Lewis was fired this offseason, became the fifth of Cincinnati's 10 coaches to open his first season 0-3, and third in a row. The worst start by a first-year Bengals coach was Sam Wyche losing his first five in 1984.

HONORING PANCHO

The Bills honored late superfan Ezra ''Pancho Billa'' Castro during a pregame ceremony. Castro, a mortician from El Paso, Texas, regularly attended Bills games at home on the road, and died in May after a lengthy battle with cancer. Shortly after being diagnosed with cancer, the Bills honored Castro's wish by bringing him to Dallas to announce their third-round selection of defensive tackle Harrison Phillips at the 2018 NFL draft.

Phillips paid tribute to Castro by wearing a Bills-colored sombrero, which Castro made famous for wearing at games.

INJURIES

Bengals: none reported.

Bills: Starting right guard Jon Feliciano did not return after sustaining a neck injury in the first quarter.

UP NEXT

Bengals: prime-time matchup at Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 30.

Bills: host New England Patriots on Sept. 29.

Player Notes
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Fantasy Spin: Fortunately for the Chiefs and Mahomes, the MRI proved that the injury wasn't as serious as it initially appeared. Matt Moore will serve as the team's starting quarterback until Mahomes' return but he isn't a viable fantasy option outside of two-quarterback leagues or situations where a bye-week replacement is needed.

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Christian Kirk Oct 20 11:00am ET

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Christian Kirk (ankle) needs another week of rehab and recovery and is not expected to play in Week 7 against the Giants, according to sources. Continue to leave Kirk on your bench, as he will miss his third straight game. In his absence, Larry Fitzgerald, rookie Keesean Johnson and Trent Sherfield will start, with Damiere Byrd also mixing in. Fitzgerald is the only realistic option for fantasy starting lineups this weekend despite the good matchup. Treat Fitz as a strong WR2 this weekend with Kirk out of the fold again.

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A.J. Green Oct 20 10:53am ET

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Fantasy Spin: Green has been sidelined since sustaining torn ligaments in his ankle during a July practice session and there is no timetable for his return. He should remain benched in seasonal fantasy leagues if you can afford the roster space.

From TheHuddle

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With Seattle Seahawks tight end Will Dissly (Achilles) done for the year, the team is likely to heavily involved in trying to improve the position at the trade deadline according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Rapoport also says that Seattle has been using some of their backup defensive ends as tight ends in practice this week because of their issues at the position. After trading Nick Vannett to the Steelers earlier this year, Seattle is left with just Luke Willson and Jacob Hollister on the roster. Expect them to explore the trade market, with whoever they land ending up in a pretty solid fantasy situation.

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From RotoBaller

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Fantasy Spin: Cooper was listed as questionable on the injury report after participating in just one of the team's three practice sessions during the week on a limited basis. He makes a somewhat risky starting option in fantasy leagues this week because the Cowboys won't play until Sunday evening and it is unknown if he will see a reduced number of offensive snaps.

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From RotoBaller

Mitch Trubisky Oct 20 9:23am ET

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Fantasy Spin: Trubisky had been listed as questionable on the injury report despite fully participating in all three of the team's practice sessions during the week. He should only be used in two-quarterback leagues and as a bye week replacement this afternoon because of the difficult matchup versus the New Orleans defense.

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Randall Cobb Oct 20 9:23am ET

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Fantasy Spin: Cobb was listed as questionable on the injury report after participating in just one of the team's three practice sessions during the week on a limited basis. He has posted decent numbers this season and can be viewed as a WR3 or flex option in most fantasy formats.

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Fantasy Spin: Valdes-Scantling did not practice at all during the week and should be viewed as a risky flex option in fantasy leagues based on his health and recent performance, having posted fewer than 50 receiving yards in each of his last three contests.

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Fantasy Spin: Westbrook was listed as questionable on the injury report after missing one of the team's three practice sessions during the week and being limited in another. If he is active, he merits consideration as a WR3 or flex option in most fantasy leagues because of the favorable matchup.

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