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Second-quarter analysis: Big plays hurting Bills' defense

By Jay Skurski

The Buffalo Bills' defense has been hurt by the big play today against the Cincinnati Bengals at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Buffalo has allowed three plays of at least 34 yards -- including a 54-yard gain by receiver A.J. Green on a wide receiver screen in the second quarter. That set up Cincinnati's 20-yard touchdown pass from Andy Dalton to running back Giovani Bernard, which gave the Bengals a 17-7 lead.

Cincinnati has 284 yards of offense in the first half, and Dalton is 9 of 14 for 177 yards and two touchdowns.

Stopped short: The Bills looked to be on their way to a touchdown that would have given them a 14-10 lead early in the quarter, but the Bengals put together a goal-line stand to keep them out. The Bengals stopped three straight plays from the 1-yard line -- two runs by Fred Jackson and a rollout by Thad Lewis.

Carpenter solid: Kicker Dan Carpenter has been rock solid for the Bills this season. Carpenter missed his first field goal of the season, but has since made 12 straight -- including a 51-yarder in the second quarter that brought the Bills within a touchdown of the Bengals, at 17-10. Carpenter is 3 for 3 on field goals of 50-plus yards.

Welcome back Brian: Punter Brian Moorman got a loud ovation when he took the field late in the quarter to punt. And what an effort it was. Moorman's punt went 47 yards and bounced out of bounds at the 1-yard line -- after initially being ruled a touchback. The play was reviewed and the call was corrected.

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Brian Moorman | Dan Carpenter | Fred Jackson | Thad Lewis
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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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