Without EJ Manuel, without a completely healthy Stephon Gilmore, without Stevie Johnson, the Buffalo Bills still nearly knocked off the Cincinnati Bengals.
Thad Lewis played a good game for the Bills. He threw for 216 yards and 2 touchdowns, while rushing for another one himself. He did have a costly fumble that the Bengals turned into a touchdown, but his game was otherwise clean. He brought the Bills back from a 24-10 deficit to force overtime and was able to get the ball down field.
The real story is that the Bills could not stop the screen pass. Gilmore was obviously hindered by the club on his hand and was ineffective in the game. But with all the problems Buffalo had on defense, with the injuries and all, the Bills stayed with a top-tier team in the league. Nobody is expecting Buffalo to get to the playoffs this season, and even if they did, it's doubtful that the would be able to hang with Peyton Manning and the Broncos. But the Bills are showing signs that they have turned a corner and are building something special here.
Buffalo has a young team, one that is still learning how to win. Manuel is the quarterback of the future, and Lewis has shown that he could be a very good backup and start in a pinch. The Bills lost Sunday, but they made a statement to the rest of the league that the team's losing ways, despite compiling injuries, will soon be over.
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