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Bengals' beat down of Tom Brady got Doug Marrone's attention

By Jay Skurski

With the Buffalo Bills having played Thursday night, they got a chance to do some advance scouting Sunday for their next opponent.

So, too, did many Western New Yorkers who watched CBS' broadcast of the Cincinnati Bengals' 13-6 victory over the New England Patriots. The Bengals ended New England quarterback Tom Brady's streak of 52 straight games with a touchdown pass, which was just two games short of the record held by New Orleans' Drew Brees.

"I saw some of it. They did a nice job," said Bills coach Doug Marone, who is an acquaintance of Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer. "He's always had good defenses. I think that they played extremely well, they held them out, they didn’t score a touchdown and that’s a challenge.

"The one thing about this league and you say it all the time, is there anyone that doesn’t play real good defense? We’ll have a great challenge against them, but the great part is we have them at home. That’s been a big difference for us right now. Our crowd has been outstanding."

Bills quarterback Thad Lewis said the Bengals' game plan for Brady was sound.

"This is the NFL; you're going to face the best of the best every week," he said. "They could've done it to anyone. Obviously they had a great game plan going into that game and were able to get to Tom Brady as much as they did."

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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