Question on the Bengals: Can the Bengals continue to compete with Dillon sidelined?
Yes, the Bengals are playing with a lot of confidence right now and believe in coach Marvin Lewis' system. They are playing better and better every week, but don't have the ability to finish right now. The addition of Dillon may give it to them.
Question on the Bills: What's the deal with Henry, who isn't the back he was last year?
I believe his injury is affecting him more than he's letting on. For instance, his presence today required an almost miraculous recovery. Henry is definitely not playing the way the Bills expect him to. It will be interesting to see if the spectre of Willis McGahee's arrival will improve his play or worsen it.
Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders.
It took Buffalo's two injured offensive stars to help the Bills
pull out a come-from-behind 22-16 overtime victory over the
Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.
Henry scored twice, including a 2-yard plunge 4:53 into
overtime, in his first game in two weeks since tearing rib
Moulds helped set up the score with might have been a costly
28-yard reception. Tackled by safety Kevin Kaesviharn at the
Bengals 7, Moulds strained his groin as he tumbled awkwardly into
the sideline and had to be helped off the field as Henry scored two
Together, Henry and Moulds provided the spark for the Bills
(3-2) to overcome a bumbling start, snap a two-game losing streak
and beat the Bengals for the sixth straight time.
"I just wanted to come out and help this football team," Henry
said. "I was going to do anything in my power to get on the
football field and give this team a boost."
He did, finishing with 25 carries for 85 yards. He added two
receptions for 14 yards, including a 9-yarder off a screen for a
Moulds played down the severity of his injury, and was hopeful
he'd be ready when the Bills travel to play the New York Jets next
"I think after some ice, I'll be OK," Moulds said. "I've had
a hamstring pull before and I had a groin pull early in college.
But hopefully it's slight, and not that really serious."
Moulds was particularly impressed by Henry's performance, as the
running back revived a Bills ground attack that had combined for
just 62 yards in its last two games.
"He's a warrior," Moulds said. "If we could get everyone on
this team to play like this guy when he's hurt, we can do great
The Bengals (1-4) looked nothing like the so-called "Bungles"
of the past for all but the final 10 minutes, when they allowed the
Bills to overcome a 16-13 deficit.
"They all hurt," quarterback Jon Kitna said. "Nobody is
looking to be competitive. That's just not the team we are. We're
not just happy to be in games. We expect to win every football
Kitna finished 26-of-44 for 225 yards passing and an
Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe sparked the comeback, erasing the
memories of a terrible first half in which Buffalo endured six
three-and-outs and he watched four receivers drop easy passes.
Bledsoe marched the Bills 59 yards on 13 plays to set up Rian
Lindell's 29-yard field goal with 28 seconds remaining in
regulation. He kept the drive alive, converting a fourth-and-3 with
a 19-yard completion to Moulds.
And Bledsoe wasted no time securing the victory, taking the
Bills 57 yards after the Bengals opened overtime going
three-and-out. Besides the completion to Moulds, Bledsoe hit tight
end Mark Campbell over the middle for a 20-yard reception putting
the Bills at the Bengals 35.
It was the 22nd fourth-quarter comeback of Bledsoe's career, and
third in two seasons with Buffalo. He finished 19-of-35 for 211
Bledsoe took little credit, instead calling Moulds "a stud,"
and describing Henry's performance as "studly."
"It was almost a desperation situation for us," Bledsoe said.
"We had to win to stay in the middle of the race in our
The Bengals enter their bye week having to regroup.
"We're going to get it right," coach Marvin Lewis said.
"There's not a person in that locker room who is satisfied. That's
not what we came here for."
It was little solace that the Bengals played with poise and
didn't appear to be affected by adversity. They started the game
without star running back Corey Dillon (groin strain) and then
watched cornerback Jeff Burris being driven off the field in an
ambulance in the third quarter.
Burris sustained a neck injury and, after being iced down,
watched the end of the game from the sideline.
Bills linebacker Takeo Spikes said the win was more important
than a personal issue he had in facing his former team for the
first time since joining Buffalo last March.
"The biggest thing was to get back on track," Spikes said.
The Bills improved to 18-9 in overtime games, while the
Bengals dropped to 14-9. ... Graham had three field goals, the
longest from 39 yards, in a game played in a persistent drizzle and
a strong, cold wind blowing in off Lake Erie. ... Lindell finished
with three field goals, the longest from 38 yards. ... Bills DE
Aaron Schobel had his first career interception, coming down with
the ball after linebacker London Fletcher tipped a pass.