The Buffalo Bills lost to the Cincinnati Bengals 27-24 in overtime, but if there is such a thing as moral victory they got one. The Bills playing without their starting quarterback and number one receiver rallied for 14 fourth quarter points to force OT and it’s obvious that Doug Marrone has his team playing inspired football.

Thad Lewis, playing in only his second NFL game, threw for two touchdowns and was 19 0f 32 for 216 yards. Lewis got out to a quick start and then played two quarters like he had just come off the practice squad, but in the 4th quarter he was on the mark. After the game Lewis went for an x-ray and he was noticeably limping in the 4th quarter.

The Bills picked up 131 yards on the ground, rotating Jackson, Spiller and Choice. However, it was their inability to punch it in at the goal line in the first half that cost them points. Three consecutive carries by Fred Jackson could only muster a yard and Lewis was tackled on 4th and goal trying to scramble to the goal line.

Defensively the Bills were physically pushed around the field for three quarters and looked uninspired. In the 4th quarter things changed for Buffalo as they were able to pressure Bengals QB Dalton and stuffed the run game.

In OT the Bills had just one possession inside their own 10 yard line and never had a chance to move the chains. At that point most fans were happy with the comeback and gutsy play of the new QB.

The Bills now travel to Miami sitting at 2-4 and still nursing injuries. Whether Thad Lewis came out of the game healthy enough to start against the Dolphins will still have to be determined. Either way the new Buffalo Bills under Doug Marrone are a much grittier team than the one Chan Gailey left behind.




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