5 Reasons the Cincinnati Bengals Will Upset the Buffalo Bills on Sunday

Scott SewellCorrespondent IOctober 1, 2011

5 Reasons the Cincinnati Bengals Will Upset the Buffalo Bills on Sunday

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    The Buffalo Bills are coming into Cincinnati with their confidence at an all-time high.  This group of Bills players haven't seen a 3-0 start since their college days.

    They just beat the New England Patriots in dramatic, come-from-behind fashion, and ESPN's Tuesday Morning Quarterback is even talking about a possible Super Bowl trip.

    I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but things are about to change.  The Bills might not win again for the rest of the season.

    What you've seen is an aberration.  The Bills have beaten the lowly Chiefs, the defensively defunct Raiders, and the equally defensively defunct Patriots.

    They are about to face a Bengals defense that is hungry and about to have Ryan Fitzpatrick with a side of a Fred Jackson for its dinner.

    After Cincinnati, the Bills' schedule is:

    Philadelphia Eagles
    @ New York Giants
    Washington Redskins
    New York Jets
    @Dallas Cowboys
    @Miami Dolphins
    @ New York Jets
    Tennessee Titans
    @ San Diego
    Miami Dolphins
    Denver Broncos
    @New England Patriots

    The only winnable games I see there are Washington, Miami, and Denver at home.

    Bills fans, it's going to be a long winter.  I'd advise you to start eating some of that humble pie right about now.

    Here are five reasons why the Bengals are going to start you on your road to disaster. 

5. Tempo

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    The Bengals are going to control the tempo on Sunday. 

    This isn't going to be a 40-30 slugfest like the Bills' previous games against Oakland and New England.

    Cincinnati will control the clock by handing the ball off consistently throughout the game.  Look for Benson to have 25-30 rushes with over 100 yards rushing on Sunday.

4. The Bengals Are Still at Full Strength

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    While the Bengals could lose Cedric Benson and Jerome Simpson for a significant stretch of the season, they aren't gone yet.

    Benson and Simpson will both be on the field Sunday against the Bills, and that could spell trouble for this Buffalo team that has been awful defensively.

3. A.J. Green

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    The biggest mistake Andy Dalton made last week is that he locked onto his receivers too early in his read progression.

    Coaches undoubtedly worked with him to improve his patience so that he can look down field more consistently.

    Expect A.J. Green to have a monster game today against two undersized Bills cornerbacks.

2. The Cincinnati Bengals Defense Is Good

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    This Bengals defensive unit is legit.

    Leon Hall is one of the best corners in the game, and the Bengals defensive line has started to get more pressure on the quarterback.

    If the linebackers can step up and make some big plays by grabbing interceptions, forcing fumbles, and disrupting plays in the backfield, then it's going to be a very long day for Bills fans.

1. The Buffalo Bills Defense Is Bad

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    The Bills defense has given up 66 points and close to 1,000 yards of offense over the past two games.

    They were able to dominate the Chiefs in Week 1, but let's be serious for a second—it's the same Chiefs team that has lost seemingly every good player on their roster for the entire season.

    The Bengals offense is going to be erratic with so many young players learning the NFL game, but the combination of a bad Bills defense and a young, thirsty Bengals offense has me excited to watch football on Sunday.

    Prediction: Bengals 28, Bills 10

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