Bengals at Bills: Sal's keys, notes and stats

September 21, 2019 - 10:14 pm

The Buffalo Bills will be looking to start the season 3-0 for the first time since 2011 when they take on the 0-2 Cincinnati Bengals at New Era Field Sunday. Here are three keys to the game:

  • Banged up Bengals

Cincinnati has some key players who have either already been declared out or are questionable to play. They're particularly banged up on the offensive line, where tackle Cordy Glenn (concussion) is out and guard Michael Jordan (knee) and tackle Andre Smith (groin) are both listed as questionable. Defensively, defensive tackle Ryan Glasgow (thigh), starting nickel cornerback B.W. Webb (forearm), and defensive end Kerry Wynn (concussion) are all out for the game, while defensive end Carl Lawson (hamstring) is questionable. The Bills will have a chance to take advantage of some of the depth players Cincinnati will be forced to use.

  • Yeldon's chance

With running back Devin Singletary out, T.J. Yeldon will most likely get his first carries of the season for the Bills. Veteran Frank Gore should be the primary back, but outside of him, they only have Yeldon and fullback Patrick DiMarco in the backfield. Yeldon spent the first four seasons of his NFL career with the Jacksonville Jaguars after he was selected with the 36th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft out of Alabama. His most productive season came in his rookie year when he rushed for 740 yards and two touchdowns. He's run for 1,872 yards so far in his four-year NFL career. But Yeldon is a big threat as a pass-catcher out of the backfield. He has 174 receptions in four seasons, including a career-high 55 catches last year for the Jaguars.

  • Containing Ross

Cincinnati wide receiver John Ross is currently second in the NFL with 270 yards receiving. The league's leading receiver, D.J. Chark of the Jaguars, already played his week three game. So, Ross is the two-week leader. He's also tied for the NFL lead with three receiving touchdowns and is second with an outstanding 24.55 yards per catch. With the Bengals struggling to run the football so far this year, they've been attacking vertically, and often with Ross, who played a total of eleven games his first two years due to injuries. The Bills secondary prides themselves on not allowing the big play. The incredibly fast Ross will be their toughest challenge yet. How they deal with him, and what he's able to do or not do, could go a long way in determining the outcome of this game.


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