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Bills-Bengals Report Card

>Grading the Bills

Running game: A

Kept pounding away with Lynch and finally got rewarded with 56-yard, clinching touchdown -- and his first career 100-yard day with 153 yards.

Passing game: A

Losman was relaxed, accurate and confident, throwing for 295 yards. Under the circumstances, it was probably his best day as a pro.

Run defense: A

Limited Bengals to 28 yards and didn't give up a run longer than 7 yards. That's two weeks in a row without allowing a 20-yard run.

Pass defense: A-

The secondary continues to be a revelation. Other than 43-yard screen to Watson, didn't allow a pass of 25 yards by Palmer.

Special teams: D

Can't give up 100-yard kickoff returns and get an average grade. It's their fault for setting such a high standard.

Coaching: A

Another stellar game plan by Fewell and Co. Fairchild attacked with the pass, then used Lynch to wear down Bengals in second half. Halfback pass came at perfect time.


>Grading the Bengals

Running game: F

Maybe Rudi Johnson should have waited another week to come back. Bills are improving, but 28 yards is a joke.

Passing game: C

Might have taken more shots down the field. T.J. Houshmandzadeh is one of league's best. How come he disappeared at crunch time?

Run defense: D

One of softest front sevens we've seen in awhile. Would have been an F, but they stayed after class and begged for mercy.

Pass defense: C-

Losman had a terrific day, but let's face it: Any struggling QB would get a big confidence boost playing against this bunch. Nice pass rush, guys.

Special teams: A-

Holt went untouched on 100-yard kickoff return. As we've said so often about the Bills in recent years, a waste of good special teams.
Coaching: D

How can Marvin Lewis be head coach of a defense this bad? As NFL geniuses go, he's the Brian Billick of the defensive set.

-- Compiled by News football writers

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