CINCINNATI – Here's a breakdown of the Buffalo Bills' 20-16 loss against the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium:
Credibility damage: After grabbing the NFL's attention with last week's victory at Atlanta, prompting many (including me) to call them a contender, the Bills turned right around and laid a big egg against a bad opponent. You can say the Bills were too banged up to succeed, especially after their best offensive weapon, tight end Charles Clay, left the game early with a knee injury. But the Bengals had three turnovers – more than enough for the Bills to come out on top even after Tyrod Taylor's ugly fourth-quarter interception. They couldn't. Now, the Bills, at 3-2, are tied for first in the AFC East with the New England Patriots and New York Jets.
Player of the game: A.J. Green. The Bengals' receiver caught seven passes for 189 yards, including a 77-yard touchdown on the home team's first play of its second possession. Green also had a hand in three turnovers – two deflections that were intercepted and a fumble.
Micah the opportunist: With his second-quarter interception, safety Micah Hyde became the Bills' first defensive back with four picks in the first five games since Henry Jones in 1992.
Corner crisis: After Leonard Johnson left the game with a hamstring, the Bills were down to three healthy cornerbacks: Tre'Davious White, Shareece Wright and Greg Mabin, who was re-signed Friday. E.J. Gaines was inactive with a groin injury.
Hauschka hits 200: With his 31-yard field goal in the first quarter, Stephen Hauschka boosted his career total to 200.
Logan's first: With Charles Clay exiting in the first half with a knee injury, Logan Thomas saw some playing time and his first NFL reception. It went for 3 yards in the second quarter.
Counting the house: The announced crowd was 52,367. With occasional downpours, there were a whole lot of orange ponchos ... and a ton of empty seats. But that wasn't only because of the weather; the Bengals' 1-3 record going into the game was an obvious factor.
Up next: Rest, relaxation and, especially, healing time as the Bills have their bye.