Sun Sep 22 4:56pm ET
By JOHN WAWROW
AP Sports Writer
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.
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.
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.
Bengals: none reported.
Bills: Starting right guard Jon Feliciano did not return after sustaining a neck injury in the first quarter.
Bengals: prime-time matchup at Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 30.
Bills: host New England Patriots on Sept. 29.
Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten caught three passes in a Week 3 win. His three catches gained 54 yards, as Witten rumbled for way more yardage than his usual "catch-and-fall" game. Many fantasy owners likely expected Witten to come down with a score against the Miami Dolphins "defense," but the Cowboys actually were only able to score 31 points in what was still ultimately a blow out. Witten will continue his role as quarterback Dak Prescott's safety valve, and will continue as a touchdown-dependent fantasy option.
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Devin Smith caught two passes in Week 3, gaining 39 yards. Smith was expected to have an expanded role with Michael Gallup (knee) out, but with the Cowboys easily coasting against the Miami Dolphins, the passing game was mostly not needed. Smith should have a decent role next week, but will take a back seat as soon as Gallup returns.
Buffalo Bills wide receiver John Brown put up a ho-hum fantasy line on Sunday, catching 4-of-5 targets for 59 yards in a 21-17 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Brown did reel in a 27-yard catch from quarterback Josh Allen but saw his usage cut into by Cole Beasley (10 targets) and Dawson Knox, who caught 3-of-4 targets for 67 yards and a score. The Bills face off against the Patriots in Week 4 and while Brown is still Buffalo's clear No. 1 receiver, his owners have to worry about Knox's increasing role.
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Randall Cobb caught just two passes in Week 3, gaining 23 yards. Cobb was thought to perhaps take on a larger role with the absence of Michael Gallup (knee), but the Cowboys passing game as a whole took a break as the team coasted to an easy win against the fish-out-of-water Miami Dolphins. Cobb will have some possible big games this season, but overall he's not a reliable fantasy option in weekly leagues.
Philadelphia Eagles rookie running back Miles Sanders had some ups and downs in Week 3. He ran the ball 13 times for 53 yards and added two catches for 73 yards, but fumbled twice, losing one. Sanders had real fumbling issues in college and they seem to have followed him to the NFL, but he showed his ability when he can keep the ball in his hands. It was a very rookie game for Sanders, who was schemed into several plays and should see more and more run going forward as long as he can keep the ball off the ground.
Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (quad) left the team's Week 3 game against the Atlanta Falcons with an injury, but it didn't matter. He got his work done early on, as he finished with eight catches for 65 yards and a touchdown. He lead the team by a mile with 10 targets on the day. The next closest was three players tied with four. As long as Hilton remains healthy, he has proven that you have to start him every week.
Philadelphia Eagles running back Jordan Howard found the end zone in Week 3. Howard ran the ball 11 times for just 37 yards, but ran in a one-yard goal line score in the first quarter. Howard didn't make an impact in the passing game. Rookie running back Miles Sanders saw 13 carries, so Howard was only two behind the lead for the team. He'll continue to have a role in the Eagles backfield, but his fantasy value will be very touchdown-dependent in this offensive scheme.
Philadelphia Eagles running back Darren Sproles recorded just two touches on offense in Week 3. He ran the ball twice, gaining just four yards. He was unable to come up with anything in the passing game. With Alshon Jeffery (calf) and DeSean Jackson (groin) out, some expected Sproles to take on an increased role, but he worked in a similar role as he did in Week 2. Sproles will only have real fantasy value if he takes the place of an injured back ahead of him on the depth chart.
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper scored two touchdowns in Week 3. He caught six passes, gaining 88 yards. His first touchdown was on a first quarter five-yard pass from Dak Prescott, and his second came on a 19-yard strike in the third quarter. Cooper played well in a game against the useless Miami Dolphins Defense, and while most fantasy owners were likely expected a 100-yard game, the two touchdowns made up for the relatively modest yardage total.
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett was one completion away from breaking former quarterback Peyton Manning's team record. On the day, he finished 28-of-37 for 310 yards and two touchdowns. Brissett takes care of the ball, and he makes low-risk throws. On a day where running back Marlon Mack was limited, those throws eventually added up. Brissett is unlikely to have nearly 30 completions every week, but he showed this week that he can have QB1 upside in the right circumstances.
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz was solid in Sunday's Week 3 loss, tossing two touchdowns. He completed 19 of his 36 passes for 259 yards. He added 33 yards on four carries as well. Wentz's touchdowns came on a 20-yard pass and a two-yard pass, both to wide receiver Nelson Agholor. Even without his top two wide receivers, Alshon Jeffery (calf) and DeSean Jackson (groin) in the game, Wentz was still able to move the offense for most of the game.
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott ran the ball 19 times in Week 3, picking up 125 yards on the ground. He added two catches for 14 more yards. Elliott's 125 yards were clearly great, but his fantasy owners were likely expecting at least one touchdown against the sport's worst team, the Miami Dolphins. Elliott was on the sidelines when his backup, Tony Pollard, scored a touchdown late in the fourth quarter since the Cowboys were running down the clock in an obvious win. Elliott looked back to his usual workload, and should be an easy RB1 going forward.
Indianapolis Colts running back Marlon Mack continues to be a consistent player for fantasy footballers. Despite being a questionable game-time decision coming into Sunday, he was able to suit up, and he had an effective day. He finished with 16 carries for 74 yards and one touchdown. He also added two catches for 14 yards on the day. Unless he sustains a more serious injury, Mack is proving to be a consistent starter on a weekly basis.
Dallas Cowboys rookie running back Tony Pollard had an excellent game in Week 3, running the ball 13 times for 103 yards and a touchdown while adding three catches for 25 more yards. Pollard scored on a fourth-quarter run from 16 yards out. In a game where the Cowboys had control all afternoon, Pollard got a bit more run than he would have in a closer contest. This game showed how much value Pollard could have if Ezekiel Elliott were forced to miss any time.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott had a productive Week 3, throwing two touchdowns and running one in as well. Prescott completed 19 of his 32 passes for 246 yards. His passing touchdowns both went to Amari Cooper, one for five yards and another for 19. His rushing touchdown was on an eight-yard run in the third quarter. Overall, it was a solid performance for Prescott, although his owners may have expected even more with him taking on the listless Miami Dolphins.
After leaving the game shortly before halftime with an ankle injury suffered against Tampa Bay, New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley returned to the sidelines with a protective boot on his right foot. While the results of his x-rays have not yet been released, Barkley was using crutches to get around on what appeared to be a severely sprained ankle. If this is the dreaded high-ankle sprain, Barkley could be in for an extended absence and his owners are in for an extended punch to the stomach. Backup Wayne Gallman needs to be added in all leagues until more is known about the severity of Barkley's injury.
Buffalo Bills running back Frank Gore saved his best production for last, plunging in for a late one-yard touchdown to put Buffalo up for good over the Cincinnati Bengals 21-17 on Sunday. With Devin Singletary declared inactive prior to the game, Gore rushed 14 times for 76 yards, outpacing T.J. Yeldon who rushed eight times for thirty yards - and who also had a costly second-half fumble. With the likely return of Singletary in Week 4 and facing a Patriots teams that will likely require a pass-heavy game script, Gore will be relegated to the fantasy doldrums.
The New York Jets Defense got shredded by Tom Brady and the Patriots but salvaged their fantasy day late. With the Patriots up 30-7 in the fourth quarter backup quarterback Jarrett Stidham came into the game. His third pass hit Jamal Adams right between the numbers and the star safety returned it 61-yards for a garbage-time touchdown. The Jets also scored a touchdown on special teams after Gunner Olszewski muffed a punt and Arthur Maulet fell on it to score the Jets first touchdown since Week 1. Despite the scores, the Jets defense only recorded one sack and looked like a defense that shouldn't be owned in fantasy, especially with a bye in Week 4 followed by a tough matchup at Philadelphia.
Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen completed 22-of-36 passes for 243 yards on Sunday, with one touchdown and an interception as the Bills held off the Cincinnati Bengals for a 21-17 victory. Allen also added 46 yards on nine rushes and a two-point conversion, with Buffalo moving to a surprising 3-0 on the season. Allen still has trouble with his decision-making at times but continues to have a high floor considering how often he's willing to run. Allen and the Bills will get their first real test of the year in Week 4 when the Patriots come into town for a showdown of the AFC East undefeated.
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley is questionable to return after suffering an ankle injury against the Tampa Bay Bucs. He suffered a minor injury earlier in the game but returned. This one appears to be more severe and with the Giants already down 25-10, they may choose not to rush their star back. This would obviously be a massive hit to the entire Giants offense if it proves to be a multi-week injury.