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Third-quarter analysis: Bengals control the clock

By Jay Skurski

The Cincinnati Bengals came into today's game against the Buffalo Bills with an average scoring drive of more than nine plays. 

That, of course, means the team has the ball a lot, and that was true in the thrid quarter. The Bengals held the ball for more than 10 minutes, scoring a touchdown on a 10-yard pass from Andy Dalton to Marvin Jones to increase their lead to 24-10.

That drive lasted nine plays, and the Bengals' second drive of the third quarter went for 17 plays -- but did not result in any points.

Ball security: Bills quarterback Thad Lewis did a poor job of taking care of the ball on the Bills' first possession of the third quarter. Lewis scrambled out of the pocket and did not secure the ball well, fumbling when he was hit by Carlos Dunlap. The ball was recovered by Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict.

Take that back: Bengals kicker Mike Nugent knocked in a 24-yard field goal that would have given his team a 27-10 lead, but there was a holding penalty on the Cincinnati on the play. Backed up 10 yards, Nugent missed a 34-yard attempt wide right.

Uncharacteristic for Kyle: Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams gave the Bengals two first downs in the third quarter. Early in the third quarter, Williams was flagged for taunting, then near the end of the quarter, he was whistled for a facemask. 


Kyle Williams | 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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