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Josh Allen had a tendency to simply throw the ball in the air and hope his guy made a play. Allen badly overthrew a wide open Zay Jones for a would-be touchdown with 14 seconds left in the first half. The Bills settled for a missed 62-yard field goal attempt. Allen threw a duck of a pass to Cole Beasley that was intercepted by Darius Phillips in the third quarter and put the Bengals in scoring position. A third-quarter pass to Robert Foster was almost intercepted by William Jackson III. Allen relied on his legs to help pull out the win.
Dawson Knox had a very impressive 49-yard pick-up on a pass where he violently dispatched two would-be Bengals tacklers, and that play led to the Bills' game-winning touchdown.
Knox was a monster in this contest. He broke multiple tackles after the catch, and he did so emphatically. The Ole Miss product looks like a useful weapon for Allen & Co. moving forward.
Darius Phillips showed off his explosive return ability when he returned a first-quarter kickoff for a touchdown only to have it called back by a holding penalty. Phillips also added an interception in coverage showing his ability to impact games both on defense and on special teams.
Geno Atkins had a sack of Josh Allen in the first quarter. Although the Bengals were able to get pressure on Allen at times he proved to be incredibly difficult to bring down and forced several missed tackles and extended plays.
Cincinnati didn't really have any notable performances from their rookies against Buffalo. Fourth-round Arizona State product Rennel Wren played significant snaps, but his impact was minimal.