By Jay Skurski
Quick highlights from the Buffalo Bills' 27-24 overtime loss to the Cincinnati Bengals today at Ralph Wilson Stadium ...
What it means: The Bills are 0-1 in the Thad Lewis era. Lewis performed admirably in his first start with the team in place of the injured EJ Manuel, completing 19 of 32 passes for 216 yards. He ran for a 3-yard touchdown in the first quarter and threw a pair of touchdown passes in the fourth quarter to erase a 14-point deficit and get the game to overtime. The Bills, however, fell to 2-4 on the season when Mike Nugent's 43-yard field goal was good in overtime. All four of Buffalo's losses have come to AFC teams.
Play of the game: Lewis completed a 40-yard touchdown bomb to rookie Marquise Goodwin, who beat Bengals cornerback Terence Newman, with 1:14 to play in the fourth quarter. Dan Carpenter's extra point tied the game at 24-24.
Sequence of the game: The Bills started the second quarter with a second-and-goal play from the Bengals' 1-yard line. Running back Fred Jackson was stopped. Ditto on third down. The Bills went for it on fourth down, and Lewis rolled to his right looking to throw. He couldn't find anyone and was tackled for a 1-yard loss. The Bengals took over at their 2-yard line and proceeded to march 98 yards for a touchdown to make the score 17-7.
Bengals player of the game: Quarterback Andy Dalton had his first three-touchdown performance since Week 12 last year. He finished the game 26 of 40 for 337 yards.
Bills player of the game: Lewis. He never quit in tying the game for the Bills. He gave the Bills everything they could have hoped for from him.
Stat line of the game: Bills rookie linebacker Kiko Alonso made 22 tackles.
Preliminary injury report: Bills linebacker Manny Lawson (hamstring) and reserve safety Jonathan Meeks (knee) both left today's game and did not return.
Penalty report: The Bills were flagged just four times for 27 yards.
Coming up: The Bills head to South Florida next Sunday for a 1 p.m. game against the Miami Dolphins. Buffalo stays on the road the following week when it visits New Orleans.