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[BN] Blitz newsletter: Bills hit bye with time to think about Sunday's ineptitude

The Bills' defense logged three turnovers Sunday. You're supposed to win with that. In fact, since 2000, teams with three or more takeaways have enjoyed a .795 winning percentage. But the Bills were on the wrong end of a 20-16 decision to the Bengals thanks to an anemic and depleted offense.

"At the end of the day, with those three turnovers, we've got to find a way to put the ball in the end zone," safety Jordan Poyer said. "That's on me. I've got to find a way to get in the end zone, somehow, some way we've got to find a way to get in the end zone."

Tyrod takes the blame: The Bills' blueprint to winning is great defense with good enough offense. The defense did enough Sunday. "The offense didn’t play the way we needed to win against a very good defense," Taylor said. "I’ll take full responsibility for that."

If the Bills had better receivers ... would they use them? Tim Graham asked the money question about Sunday's loss. Taylor is throwing to wide receivers at a historically low rate. Even if the Bills had somebody better out there, how much would it matter?

Guilty as charged: "After all these years, I should have known better than to over-react to a hot Bills start," Jerry Sullivan wrote. Taylor and the Bills blew a chance to prove the naysayers wrong, Kimberley A. Martin said.

Miss anything? Head to our quarter-by-quarter analysis: 1st / 2nd / 3rd / 4th.

Photos: Check out 99 Bills-Bengals photos from James P. McCoy.

Clay goes down: The Bills lost their leading receiver, tight end Charles Clay, to a knee injury. The severity of the injury is not yet know.

McDermott still believes in his receivers: "I'm confident in these guys," coach Sean McDermott said. "I know where you're going with that [question], and I'm confident in these guys."

Matchup winners: A.J. Green got the best of Tre'Davious White, logging the third-most yards of his career.

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Report card: The Bills' offense might need summer school at this rate.

Plays that shaped the game: Lorenzo Alexander made a great play to force a fumble on Green.

Third down shortcomings: The Bills were just 6 for 18 on third down.

What we learned: Jay Skurski shared his 10 takeaways from the game.

Don't be this guy: A fan tried to dump his beer on Brandon Tate after a Bills touchdown. The guy missed, wasting a very expensive been in the process. See the video here.

Healthy scratch: Right guard John Miller was inactive Sunday as Vlad Ducasse got the start.

Watch: Our Team's Takeaway from Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.

What They Said: Hear from Sean McDermott after the loss. Zero mentions of "process."

Vic Carucci's Take Five: With abysmal offense, Bills couldn't avoid a letdown

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