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Mark Gaughan's Matchup Watch: Bills at Bengals

Bills DEs vs. Bengals OTs

The Bengals' starting tackles are shaky. Left tackle Cedric Ogbuehi (pronounced oh-BWAY-hee) was the 21st overall pick in 2015. He has super-long arms (35 7-8 inches), and he's athletic. The problem is his functional lower-body strength isn't good enough yet. He doesn't anchor well, and he gives up a lot of ground to bull rushers. He has split time the past two weeks with aging veteran Andre Smith, who last week made his first start in 89 NFL games at left tackle. Jake Fisher, a second-rounder in 2015, is a tall, finesse tackle. He has given up three sacks over the past two weeks. The Bills' defensive ends need to win the matchup on the edge for the Buffalo defense to stay on its roll.

DT Geno Atkins vs. RG John Miller

Atkins is a five-time Pro Bowler and has made first-team All-Pro each of the past two seasons. He is to the Bengals what Kyle Williams is to the Bills, a backfield disruptor from the three-technique position. Miller is off to a shaky start run-blocking for the Bills and will have trouble with Atkins' quickness. Atkins' bull rush is hard to handle, too, because he plays so low to the ground. Atkins had 20 sacks combined in the past two seasons, tops among NFL DTs. He already has three this season, along with 12 QB hurries.

A.J. Green vs. Tre'Davious White

This will be another significant test for the Bills' first-round rookie cornerback, even though he will be matched on the Bengals' top threat only some of the time. The Bills' cornerbacks play sides rather than match up on specific receivers. The Bengals' star moves around, so he will see E.J. Gaines and Leonard Johnson, as well. The Bengals figure to feed Green. He caught 10 of 13 passes thrown in his direction against Green Bay two weeks ago. He was targeted only seven times last week against Cleveland, but it was a blowout and the Bengals didn't need him.

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