"It's definitely fun to watch that defense," Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton said.
The Bengals have surrendered 23 points in their last two games -- the 13-6 defeat of New England and a 17-6 loss to Cleveland -- while scoring just 19 of their own. In the first three games of 2013, Cincinnati had posted scores of 21 (against Chicago), 20 (against Pittsburgh) and 34 (against Green Bay).
Dalton and Co. are just 25th in the league in scoring, averaging 18.8 points.
The QB and elite wide receiver A.J. Green connected nine times for two touchdowns and 162 yards in Week 1 against the Bears. In four games since, Green has one TD and 199 yards. Dalton did not throw a TD pass against Cleveland or New England.
He's never gone three games without a scoring throw. He's also thrown an interception in three straight games this season, a stretch he's exceeded only once as a pro. As a result, the Bengals are just 10th in the 16-team AFC with a minus-2 turnover ratio.
The Bills, on the other hand, are fifth in the conference at plus-3.
Buffalo had won 10 in a row against Cincinnati until a Week 4 matchup in 2011 that the Bengals won, 23-20. In that game, Dalton hit Green four times for 118 yards, including a long play of 58 yards.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
This Cincinnati defense could make things rocky for the incoming Lewis.
After losing to the unknown Hoyer in a loss to Cleveland two weeks ago, the Bengals held Brady to six points and halted his TD pass streak last week. It also won't help Lewis that his No. 1 pass target, Johnson, is having back issues.
Buffalo defensive back Stephon Gilmore is out with a wrist injury and the Bills have been both dinged-up and ineffective in the secondary through five weeks.
That's not a good recipe for a team prepping to face the tandem of Dalton and Green, which could choose this Sunday to get its 2013 mojo.
The Bills have played just well enough to lose close games to New England, the New York Jets and Cleveland through five weeks, and barely well enough to squeak out wins over Carolina and Baltimore.
The Bengals, meanwhile, have more jagged but just as inconsistent. With the thought that their talent level is indeed superior, it looks like another close win here. Perhaps a late score for the win.
Sports Network predicted outcome: Bengals 22, Bills 20.