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Buffalo Bills vs. Cincinnati Bengals: game balls

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The Bills were in it until the end, but couldn’t come away with a victory

Buffalo Bills v Cincinnati Bengals Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

The Buffalo Bills were defeated by the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. The game resembled the other Bills games, good (for the most part) defense and pedestrian offense. Regardless of the outcome, we felt these three Bills deserved some recognition.

Offense: WR Brandon Tate

There wasn’t a lot to be excited about on offense today. The Bills couldn’t move the ball well at all, especially in the second half. Tight end Charles Clay went out with a knee injury early in the game. Without Clay, quarterback Tyrod Taylor needed somebody to step up. Nobody really did, but Tate caught the only Bills touchdown and had a very nice punt return. Nick O’Leary also performed admirably in the place of Clay, catching five passes.

Defense: S Micah Hyde

Two-thirds of the names on this list are familiar faces. Micah Hyde has been incredible since he signed with the Bills this off season. He was able to add a NFL-leading fourth interception when a ball bounced off the hands of A.J. Green. Hyde also added six tackles in the loss.

Special Teams: K Stephen Hauschka

I was considering giving this to Brandon Tate as well, but the steady leg of Hauschka can’t go unrecognized. The Bills kicker was perfect again on Sunday, knocking through his lone PAT and all three of his field goal attempts, the longest of which was 38 yards.