De­pleted Bills hold on for 16-12 win over Ben­gals

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - By Joe Kay

CINCIN­NATI >> LeSean McCoy ran 7 yards for a touch­down be­fore suf­fer­ing a thumb in­jury, and the Buf­falo Bills got just enough out of their de­pleted of­fense, beat­ing the Cincin­nati Ben­gals 16-12 on Sun­day.

The Bills (5-5) had lost three straight head­ing into their bye week. Their ragged win on Sun­day preserved their hopes of a long-awaited play­off spot.

Play­ing their first game in nearly a month at Paul Brown Sta­dium, the Ben­gals (3-6-1) couldn’t move the ball con­sis­tently or make an ex­tra point. They also lost re­ceiver A.J. Green to an in­jured right ham­string on the first pass of the game; he was taken off on a cart.

Buf­falo’s de­fense clinched it by knock­ing down Andy Dal­ton’s des­per­a­tion pass into the end zone on the fi­nal play. The Ben­gals man­aged only five first downs while be­ing shut out in the sec­ond half.

The Bills lost two of their top of­fen­sive play­ers in the first half. Re­ceiver Robert Woods suf­fered a knee in­jury as he was tack­led af­ter a catch. McCoy hurt his left thumb late in the half.

Buf­falo also over­came a lot of self-de­struc­tion. The Bills had nine penal­ties for 75 yards. Ty­rod Tay­lor threw an in­ter­cep­tion to Dre Kirk­patrick at the Ben­gals 1-yard line late in the first half.

The Ben­gals had their own fol­lies. Mike Nu­gent missed two ex­tra points, hit­ting both off the up­right. Nu­gent has missed three of his last seven PATs.

IN­JURIES

Bills: DT Mar­cell Dareus was ac­tive for only the sec­ond time this sea­son. He was sus­pended for the first four games for vi­o­lat­ing the NFL’s sub­stance abuse pol­icy, then missed four of next five games with ham­string and groin in­juries.

Ben­gals: LB Rey Maualuga was in­ac­tive with an in­jured leg de­spite hav­ing a full prac­tice last week . ... Kirk­patrick missed most of the fourth quar­ter with an in­jured left knee.

FANTASY IM­PACT

Buf­falo’s Stephon Gil­more had the sec­ond two-in­ter­cep­tion game of his ca­reer. He has a ca­reer-high four in­ter­cep­tions this sea­son and 13 in his ca­reer.

UP NEXT

Bills: They host Jack­sonville. They lost to the Jaguars 34-31 in Lon­don last sea­son. Four of the Bills’ last six games are at home.

Ben­gals: They play a piv­otal AFC North game at Bal­ti­more. They also fin­ish the reg­u­lar sea­son at home against the Ravens.

GARY LANDERS — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Buf­falo Bills run­ning back LeSean McCoy (25) cel­e­brates his touch­down with wide re­ceiver Robert Woods (10) in the first half of an NFL foot­ball game against the Cincin­nati Ben­gals, Sun­day in Cincin­nati.

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