ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Buffalo Bills Head Coach Doug Marrone says that a few critical mistakes made the difference.
"We had a chance to pin them down at the 1, they went 98 yards and scored," said Marrone.
The Bengals took the ball 98 yards in 9 plays after the Bills were unable score inside the red zone. Andy Dalton's 20 yard touchdown pass to Giovani Bernard gave Cincinnati a 17-7 lead in the second quarter.
But Marrone went on to point out that his team fought back and put themselves in a position to win.
As for his rookie QB, "I was satisfied except for the turnover. I was happy except for the turnover, I think he was trying to do too much. Sometimes you just have to put the ball away," said Marrone. Thad Lewis went 19 of 32 for 216 yards, with 2 touchdowns and no interception, but gave up a costly fumble in the third quarter.
While Marrone said he doesn't find many positives about a loss, he did praise the play of his new punter "Moorman played very well, that was exciting. He did a great job for us, for someone to come in and play like that," said Marrone. Brian Moorman got a big ovation upon his return to Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Marrone wrapped things up by saying there were plenty of points in the game that you can point to where the Bills could have put themselves in a better position to win. He says that in the end, his punt coverage team has to be better in coverage than they were in overtime. A 29 yard return set the Bengals up for their game winning 43 yard field goal. "At the end of the day we have to find a way to make that play."