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Huge Day from Lynch and Evans Lifts Bills to 33-21 Win

Kiwaukee Thomas, center, celebrates his interception with teammatesTerrence McGee, left, and George Wilson, right, during the fourth quarter

For the first time in 2007, the Bills are .500, and they can thank their suddenly hot offense for it.  The Bills roughed up the Bengals defense on Sunday, going for close to 500 yards in a 33-21 win Sunday in Western New York.  The Bengals fall to a staggering 2-6 on the season, while the Bills are now 4-4.

The numbers that the Bengals defense allowed overall were off the charts.  They gave up 303 net yards passing, 177 yards rushing, and some big plays that halted the Bengals any chance to win a game they felt they had to have.  Their offense was again stagnet, with  yards of net offense, with Carson Palmer again having a tough day throwing, going 26-39 for 271 yards with two TD’s and no picks.  His favorite target was runing back Kenny Watson, who hauled in 7 passes for 90 yards.

For the Bills, the win comes with some big numbers across the board from their playmakers, Lee Evans (9 catches for 165 yards and a score) and rookie back Marshawn Lynch (29 carries for 153 yards and a score).  It was Lynch’s 56-yard scamper when it looked like he was tackled in the backfield that put the game away.  He broke 2-3 tackles and hit the outside, rushing down the sideline for the long score that made a 26-21 Bills lead into a 33-21 clincher.

The glaring stat was the fact that Cincy’s running game, which was hopeful to have a solid 1-2 punch with Rudi Johnson and Kenny Watson, did nothig on the ground.  Both players rushed for just 11 yards each, with Johnson with 9 carries and Watson with 4.  The longest rush of the day for the Bengals was just 7 yards, and that came from Palmer.  Cincy did get some help from their special teams with Glenn Holt taking a kickoff back 100 yards for a 14-10 lead in the second quarter.  The Bengals led 21-16 in the fourth quarter until Buffalo put the game away with 17 fourth quarter points.

The Bills will look to go over .500 for the first time all year as they travel to Miami to play the winless Dolphins.


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