Veteran quarterback Andy Dalton completed 11 of 16 passes for 180 yards and two first-quarter touchdowns, leading the visiting Cincinnati Bengals 26-13 over the Buffalo Bills in a preseason game Sunday in Orchard Park, N.Y.
Dalton hit John Ross on a 57-yard scoring strike on Cincinnati’s first play from scrimmage, then connected with A.J. Green on a 14-yarder as the Bengals took a 14-0 lead. Randy Bullock kicked field goals from 46 and 37 yards to extend the lead to 20-0 at halftime.
After a 40-yard Bullock field goal early in the second half, the Bills finally got on the board. Second-year quarterback Nathan Peterman, who finished 16 of 21 for 200 yards, hit Jason Croom for a 17-yard score, then Travaris Cadet added a 1-yard run to close the Bills’ deficit to 23-13 in the third quarter.
Jonathan Brown closed out the scoring with a 19-yard field goal in the fourth quarter for the Bengals.
The Cincinnati defense recorded six sacks, five of them on Josh Allen. Buffalo’s rookie first-round pick completed 6 of 12 passes for 34 yards. AJ McCarron, who was in the mix to be the Bills’ starting quarterback, sat out due to a right collarbone injury.
Cincinnati (3-0) ends the preseason Thursday against the visiting Indianapolis Colts. The Bills (1-2) go to Chicago to face the Bears in their preseason finale on Thursday.
—Field Level Media