CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 2: Bryan Scott #43 of the Buffalo Bills returns the interception for a touchdown during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals on October 2, 2011 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Bengals defeated the Bills 23-20. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
Typically in a Buffalo Bills loss, one or two players still play well enough that we can point to that player as a means of distracting ourselves from the ache of defeat. That is the case after yesterday's 23-20 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, as the Bills had at least one stand-out performer in nickel back Bryan Scott.
Scott recorded just one tackle in the defeat, but provided the first-half spark the Bills needed to remain competitive on a day that the Bengals, frankly, controlled the flow of the game from start to finish. In fact, Scott did it twice.
After the Bills sacked Andy Dalton in the first half, an alert Scott pounced on a loose football, then got up and returned it for a touchdown, giving the Bills a touchdown lead. That play was reviewed, however, and overturned based on the tuck rule; the touchdown was off the board. Scott got it back, however, when he plucked a bobbled ball off of Andre Caldwell's shin for an interception that he promptly returned for a touchdown. Buffalo led 10-3 at that point.
Scott has been a valuable defender for the Bills through four weeks. He was one of only a handful that made meaningful contributions in Buffalo's first loss of the season.