AJ Green Likely Out For Season With Torn Hamstring

Cincinnati Bengals kicker Mike Nugent (2) misses an extra point attempt in the first half of an National Football League ...

The Bills lost two of their top offensive players in the first half. The Bengals are losing a major part of their passing game unless Burkhead can fill that void.

The Bengals needed their offense to be productive today.

Matthews is the latest beneficiary of Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota's improved play of late. McCoy popped back up but pointed to the Bills staff to remove him from the game. The Bills defense, outstanding in the red zone earlier in the season, has now yielded a touchdown on eight of the last nine trips inside the 20 by the opposition.

Burfict appealed that fine and was defended by Bengals coach Marvin Lewis.

In the first quarter, the Bills couldn't have started any better on both sides of the ball, as the defensive unit forced a three-and-out. Starting cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick also had his knee checked in the MRI room after the game. And at 1 1/2 games back from the AFC North leaders, they have not been mathematically eliminated. Nugent has missed two of the kicks he has attempted between 40-49 yards this season.

The number of failed extra-point attempts hit 12 Sunday, the most in a single week during the Super Bowl era. Steve Christie had 13 field goals of 50 yards. Again, Nugent missed the conversion.

He did move the Bengals in position to win in the final drive, but his Hail Mary into the end of the final play fell incomplete. DeMarco Murray squeezed 10 yards from six punishing (for him) carries. Plus, Tyler Boyd finally scored his first touchdown of 2016. Against a Bills secondary that has been very bad, the Bengals put up little resistance. Boyd led all receivers with 54 yards on six catches. The Bills extended that lead to what would eventually be the final score. The defense then held the Bills to a field goal. The Bengals have two more games against Baltimore and one more game against Pittsburgh this season.

The Bengals-Bills game included plenty of other injuries to major players.

Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy (25) celebrates as he runs in a touchdown in the first half ...

Mathews reportedly suffered an MCL sprain during the team's loss, but will undergo further medical tests before the team officially announces the severity of his injury, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan.

Now the Bengals find their season hanging by a thread. After intermission, Buffalo limited the Bengals to 38 yards and forced them to punt on five consecutive possessions. That is a massive stretch to ask with the way the Bengals have performed.

Buffalo improved to 5-5, but their playoff chances didn't improve much. The Bengals are running out of opportunities, with their season in flux.

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