Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton doesn't believe he could have scripted a better visit to Buffalo on Sunday.
The donation he made to Buffalo's Roswell Park Cancer Institute to open the day was special. The two standing ovations he received from Bills fans before the preseason game were chilling.
And Dalton was able to keep his emotions in check on the first snap from scrimmage to hit John Ross for a 57-yard touchdown pass in leading the Bengals to a 26-13 victory.
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The Bills could not say the same about their offense, and a three-way quarterback competition that remains unsettled.
Rookie Josh Allen struggled in his first preseason start , while getting little protection from an offensive line that allowed five sacks in the first half alone. He finished 6 of 12 and was sacked for more yards (39) than he had passing (34).
"I didn't do a good enough job getting the ball out on time," the first-round pick said. "I've got to do a better job, but there's a lot to learn from."
Dalton eased whatever concerns the starters raised with their sputters in last week's 21-13 win at Dallas by producing three scoring drives 鈥?two touchdowns and a field goal 鈥?over five series against the Bills.
Dalton finished 11 of 16 for 180 yards and two touchdowns 鈥?including a 14-yarder to A.J. Green 鈥?to celebrate the warm reception he received in Buffalo nine months after playing a key role in the Bills making the playoffs and ending a 17-year playoff drought.
It happened in the final minute of the season finale against Baltimore on New Year's Eve. Dalton's 49-yard touchdown pass on fourth down to Tyler Boyd sent the Bengals to a 31-27 win, and eliminated the Ravens from playoff contention.
Bills fans responded immediately by making over $450,000 to Dalton's charitable foundation.
"It's a crazy story, and it's been fun to be on this side of it," Dalton said. "The best part is all the money that was raised."
Buffalo's offense continues to raise concerns two weeks before opening the regular season at Baltimore.
Allen generated just three first downs before being forced out of the game in the final minute of the first half. He was escorted off the field to be evaluated for a possible concussion after being tackled by Carlos Dunlap in the end zone.
Though Allen was cleared to return, he stayed on the sideline while Nathan Peterman finished the game.
This was a week after the starters went three-and-out in four series and starter AJ McCarron was sacked once and hit several other times before being sidelined with an injury to his right throwing shoulder in a 19-17 win at Cleveland.
"It's disappointing," Bills coach Sean McDermott said. "We're going to make sure we're helping him with protection and catching the football and not beating ourselves with penalties. Let's just start there."
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The Bengals led 23-0 before the Bills mounted a comeback with two scores late in the third quarter.
Peterman hit Jason Croom for a 17-yard touchdown, and then Travaris Cadet scored on a 1-yard run on a drive set up by Rafael Bush intercepting Bengals backup Matt Barkley's pass. Peterman finished 16 of 21 for 200 yards, and upped his preseason total to 33 of 41 for 432 yards with three touchdowns and an interception.
Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert had one catch for 11 yards while targeted three times in making his preseason debut. The Bengals' 2013 first-round draft pick is coming off back surgery and was limited to playing just two games last year.
Bengals: Left tackle Cordy Glenn stood on the sideline, but did not return after hurting his right shoulder in the first quarter. Coach Marvin Lewis said Glenn was fine. Guard Christian Westerman (back) and running back Jarveon Williams (left knee) did not return.
Bills: Backup linebacker Julian Stanford did not return after hurting his nose in the first half. RB LeSean McCoy (hip/groin) and left tackle Dion Dawkins (hip) did not play after being injured in practice this week.
The Bengals stood together along the sideline except for Dunlap, who stood on the field at the 45 with his hand on his chest. No member of the Bills appeared to protest.
Bengals: Host Indianapolis Colts on Thursday night.
Bills: At Chicago Bears on Thursday night.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — If his 15th NFL season is to be his last, don’t expect Larry Fitzgerald to tell anyone.
Not until long after the season is over.
“I told you this a long time ago,” he said after the Arizona Cardinals practiced Thursday. “There’s never going to be a farewell tour. It’s not about me. There’s 53 guys on this roster. There’s 53 guys who are giving their all to compete and make this team better, and coaches. It’s so much bigger than any one individual.”
It’s pretty much the same thing Fitzgerald has said each of the past few years when questions are raised about the inevitable end to one of the greatest careers of any wide receiver in NFL history.
“No game was ever won by one man and no game was ever lost by one man,” he said. “When you start thinking that it’s bigger than that and it’s about you, that’s when you’ve lost touch with what this game is all about and what the spirit of this game is about.”
Make no mistake about it. Fitzgerald knows all about where he stands statistically on the NFL career lists. The numbers do mean a lot to him. But he spends very little time talking about them. Maybe there will come a time, perhaps at that Hall of Fame induction ceremony. But for now [url=http://www.officialpenguinsproshop.com/authentic-adidas-tom-kuhnhackl-jersey]Tom Kuhnhackl Jersey[/url] , Fitzgerald is insisting he’s just one guy on a team.
When Sam Bradford tosses one in a regular-season game to Fitzgerald, he will become the 18th quarterback to complete a pass to No. 11 in the receiver’s years with Arizona. That is a lot of quarterbacks, to be sure.
“It’s a privilege,” Fitzgerald said. “Most guys don’t get a chance to play long enough to be able to catch the ball from that many quarterbacks. I look at it as a blessing and a testament to my longevity. Hopefully, we can go a whole season and not have to make any changes.”
Some of the quarterbacks are well known — including Hall of Famer Kurt Warner and recently retired Carson Palmer. There also was Brian St. Pierre, Max Hall and John Skelton, among many others.
Injuries led to in-season quarterback changes. So did poor quarterback play. But through it all, Fitzgerald usually catches whatever comes his way. He has caught a pass in 211 consecutive games, the second-longest such streak in NFL history behind Jerry Rice’s 274. Only once in his 218 career games did he not catch a pass.
Fitzgerald, who turns 35 on Aug. 31, is within striking distance of the No. 2 spot on two other significant career lists — receptions and yards receiving. He has 15,545 yards receiving and needs 390 to pass Terrell Owens into second (behind Rice’s 22 [url=http://www.officialsabres.com/authentic-adidas-sam-reinhart-jersey]Sam Reinhart Jersey[/url] ,895) and, with 1,234 catches, needs 92 to pass Tony Gonzalez into second, behind Rice’s formidable 1,549.
If those numbers seem a stretch, consider that Fitzgerald was second in the NFL last season with 109 catches (tying his franchise record) for 1,156 yards. The past three years, between the ages of 32 and 34, Fitzgerald caught 325 passes.
Five years ago, with the hiring of coach Bruce Arians, Fitzgerald was moved from his customary wideout position to play in the slot [url=http://www.officialhurricanes.com/authentic-adidas-justin-williams-jersey]Justin Williams Jersey[/url] , where blocking was a major part of his duties and he was among the best doing so at his position.
Now comes another new offense under coordinator Mike McCoy, an attack that looks to combine power running with a ball control game. In the first preseason game, Fitzgerald’s block was critical in springing David Johnson for a 14-yard gain.
Fitzgerald said he’s excited to see what this new system will do. He just wants to get started. First, there is Sunday night’s preseason game at Dallas.
“I’m ready for the preseason to be over with,” he said.
Like the other starters, Fitzgerald won’t play in the preseason finale against Denver. Now it’s all about staying healthy Sunday.
“I feel great. I just want to keep it that way,” he said. “That’s why I want the preseason to be over and the real season starts coming and the real checks start coming.”
Notes: Rookie QB Josh Rosen slammed the thumb on his throwing hand against a helmet in practice this week but coach Steve Wilks said that he still expects Rosen to play.
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