By Jay Skurski
How about that start to the Thad Lewis Era?
Making just his second career start, the Buffalo Bills' quarterback came out firing today against the Cincinnati Bengals at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Lewis directed a seven-play, 52-yard touchdown drive on the Bills' first possession. His first pass in a Buffalo uniform was a thing of beauty -- a 47-yard bomb to T.J. Graham down the left sideline. Lewis went 2 for 2 for 52 yards on the drive, then capped it with a 3-yard touchdown run to give the Bills a 7-3 lead.
Chunk yardage for Jones: Receiver Marvin Jones has hurt the Bills with a pair of big plays on the Bengals' first two drives. On Cincinnati's first possession, Jones ran for 34 yards on a reverse, helping to set up Mike Nugent's 46-yard field goal. On the Bengals' second possession, Jones raced 42 yards on a wide receiver screen, setting the Bengals up at the bills'
Welcome back: Cornerback Stephon Gilmore and safety Jairus Byrd are both active today for the first time this season. Neither started, but Byrd did come into the game on Buffalo's third defensive play. He made the tackle of Jones on the reverse. Gilmore came into the game on the Bills' second defensive series. Like Byrd, he was credited for a tackle on his first play of the season.
C.J. hurting: Bills running back C.J. Spiller is again playing on a sprained left ankle -- and it's showing. Spiller twice in the first quarter checked himself out after carries.
taggedC.J. Spiller | Jairus Byrd | Stephon Gilmore | T.J. Graham | Thad Lewis