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Bills Drop First Game Of 2011, Lose 23-20 To Bengals

That whole come-from-behind thing in the NFL? The Buffalo Bills are finding out that it's a double-edged sword.

Buffalo took a 17-3 lead into halftime against the Cincinnati Bengals largely thanks to lucky bounces and terrible quarterback play from Bengals rookie Andy Dalton. The team folded like a tent in the second half, however; Dalton was a completely different quarterback, completing 11-of-16 passes with two touchdowns (one passing, one rushing) in the second half as the Bengals outscored the Bills 20-3 after the half.

The loss is the complete opposite of what the Bills accomplished in Weeks 2 and 3, in which they erased 18 and 21-point deficits to beat Oakland and New England. The loss snaps Buffalo's 10-game winning streak against the Bengals, and is their first loss to Cincy since 1988.

I imagine that folks will want to (legitimately) complain about a horrid incomplete call on a Stevie Johnson third-down conversion upheld by video replay; I'd caution everyone not to dwell on the details. From start to finish today, the Bengals controlled the flow of this game. That's the most important factor going forward for the now 3-1 Bills: they've now played three straight games in which their opponents have controlled the flow of the game. That's more concerning than the loss itself.

Use this thread to discuss Buffalo's first loss of the season.