The Buffalo Bills were one of only three NFL teams that had not allowed a pass play of 40 or more yards through the first four weeks of the season.
Pro Bowl receiver A.J. Green beat them for two 40-plus pass plays, which was the difference in the Bills' 20-16 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday.
The second big-gainer helped put the Bengals up for good. It was a 49-yard gain on a third-and-10 play late in the third quarter, and it beat a rare big Bills blitz.
Buffalo rushed seven men, including both safeties, at Andy Dalton.
The Bengals' quarterback made a sharp, 20-yard throw to Green. Bills rookie Tre'Davious White was in tight coverage, but the pass and catch were too precise. Green added 29 yards of run after the catch to get to the Buffalo 4. Cincinnati scored on the next play to take a 17-13 lead, which held up the rest of the fourth quarter.
The Bills blitzed – rushed five or more – only 22 percent of the time the first month of the season, well under the league average of about 28 percent. They only have blitzed six or more about a dozen times. It was not a bad time to gamble to try to get the Bengals off the field. It didn't work.
Green beat White for a 77-yard TD on the Bengals' fifth play from scrimmage.
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