The Buffalo Bills have a knack for generating more questions than answers as the season gets shorter.
For one Sunday, anyway, they managed to survive newfound disarray.
What occurred at Paul Brown Stadium resembled a preseason exhibition with so many replacements playing significant roles, but games in November count.
The Bills notched a critical 16-12, all-hands-on-deck victory over the wayward Cincinnati Bengals. A pair of missed extra points forced the Bengals to alter their approach and denied them the chance to kick a field goal late.
Despite converting only three third downs and committing nine penalties for 75 yards, the Bills snapped a three-game losing skid and beat an AFC opponent for just the second time.
Cincinnati played without elite receiver A.J. Green, who suffered a hamstring injury on the second play. Buffalo lost top receiver Robert Woods to a knee injury late in the first quarter and star running back LeSean McCoy to a thumb injury right before halftime.
The injuries could impact Buffalo for weeks, although receiver Sammy Watkins could return from his broken foot. We don't know how well he has mended.
Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor was a mixed bag Sunday, a tad more bad than good.
Taylor completed 19 of his 27 throws for 166 yards and no touchdowns. An interception at the 1-yard line denied points 47 seconds before halftime.
He ran for 39 yards. A 3-yard touchdown scramble was wiped out by a holding penalty.
Mike Gillislee performed well in McCoy's place, running 14 times for 72 yards
It has taken all this disorder for Charles Clay to get the most targets. The $38 million tight end caught five of his seven targets for 23 yards. Newly acquired Percy Harvin made two catches for 6 yards.
Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore, the most notable member of a beleaguered defensive backfield, collected a pair of interceptions.