Final/OT

Bengals 16

(1-4, 1-2 away)

Bills 22

(3-2, 2-1 home)

1:00 PM ET, October 5, 2003

Ralph Wilson Stadium, Buffalo, NY 

1 2 3 4 OT T
CIN 0 6 0 10 016
BUF 3 0 10 3 622

RB scored twice to lead Bills

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- Travis Henry played through the pain of a rib injury. Eric Moulds wouldn't let a nagging groin injury hold him back.

Allen's Analysis
Eric Allen
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 cartilage.

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 plays later.

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 touchdown.

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 weekend.

"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 things."

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 game."

Kitna finished 26-of-44 for 225 yards passing and an interception.

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.

He responded after the Bengals scored on Rudi Johnson's 16-yard run and Shayne Graham's 30-yard field goal as Cincinnati took the lead with 5:33 left.

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 yards passing.

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 division."

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.

Game notes


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.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
Cincinnati
Buffalo
1st Downs1817
3rd down efficiency
6-163-15
4th down efficiency
0-01-2
Total Yards279257
Yards per play3.93.9
Total Drives01
Passing212177
Comp-Att
26-4419-35
Yards per pass
4.85.1
Interceptions thrown
10
Sacks-Yards Lost
1-134-34
Rushing6780
Rushing Attempts
2727
Yards per rush
2.53.0
Penalties7-496-49
Turnovers20
Fumbles lost
10
Interceptions thrown
10
Possession34:3029:23

Passing Leaders

CINC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Kitna26/442255.1011-13
BUFC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Bledsoe19/352116.0104-34

Rushing Leaders

CINCARYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson20693.5116
Bennett6-1-0.208
BUFCARYDSAVGTDLG
Henry25853.4114
Bledsoe100.000

Receiving Leaders

CINRECYDSAVGTDLG
Warrick77811.1020
Johnson6599.8012
BUFRECYDSAVGTDLG
Moulds99911.0028
Gash33210.7018

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERCINBUF
FG14:10RIAN LINDELL 27 YD
Drive: 10 plays, 53 yds, 4:44
03
SECOND QUARTERCINBUF
FG8:40SHAYNE GRAHAM 39 YD
Drive: 12 plays, 35 yds, 5:02
33
FG14:00SHAYNE GRAHAM 37 YD
Drive: 8 plays, 37 yds, 1:55
63
THIRD QUARTERCINBUF
FG3:34RIAN LINDELL 38 YD
Drive: 8 plays, 46 yds, 3:44
66
TD14:18TRAVIS HENRY 9 YD PASS FROM DREW BLEDSOE (RIAN LINDELL KICK)
Drive: 5 plays, 35 yds, 2:19
613
FOURTH QUARTERCINBUF
TD5:46RUDI JOHNSON 16 YD RUN (SHAYNE GRAHAM KICK)
Drive: 13 plays, 74 yds, 6:28
1313
FG9:27SHAYNE GRAHAM 30 YD
Drive: 4 plays, 8 yds, 2:01
1613
FG14:32RIAN LINDELL 29 YD
Drive: 13 plays, 59 yds, 5:05
1616
OVERTIMECINBUF
TD3:53TRAVIS HENRY 2 YD RUN
Drive: 5 plays, 57 yds, 2:27
1622