Bills keep playoff hopes alive, hang on for 16-12 win over Bengals

Posted at 4:21 PM, Nov 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-20 22:07:35-05

The injuries continued to pile up for the Bills, the offense struggled but the defense stood tall as the Bills held on to defeat the Bengals 16-12 on Sunday.

With the win, Buffalo improves to 5-5 and keeps its hopes at snapping a 16-year postseason drought alive.

The Bengals scored twice in the first half, but kicker Mike Nugent missed both extra points.

Had he made even one, Cincinnati could have kicked the tying or game-winning field goal at the end of the fourth quarter. Instead, Andy Dalton’s last second heave in to the end zone fell incomplete to end the game.

LeSean McCoy had the only touchdown for the Bills, scoring on a seven yard run on Buffalo’s opening possession.

He would leave the game with less than two minutes to play in the second quarter after injuring his thumb and would not return.

Already thin at receiver, the Bills took another blow to their depth on the outside as Robert Woods suffered a leg injury on the second series of the game and did not return to the game.  He finished with three catches for 41 yards.

Tyrod Taylor struggled with his accuracy in the pocket, finishing the game 19 for 27 for 166 yards and an interception.

While the offense failed to put together drives, the Bills defense kept Dalton and the Bengals at bay as well.

With AJ Green injured on the second play of the game, Cincinnati still managed to convert six of eight third downs and head into the half with a 12-10 lead.

In the second half, the Bills forced five straight three and outs and only allowed four total first downs in the final two quarters of play.

The Bills return home on Sunday, Nov. 27, to face the Jacksonville Jaguars.