Late night discussion: Trap game against Cincinnati?

September 17, 2019
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The Buffalo Bills are 2-0 for the first time in five years.

E.J. Manuel was still the quarterback back in 2014, and he was still throwing to the likes of Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods.

If current quarterback Josh Allen wants to get the 2019 Bills to 3-0 for the first time since 2011, they will have to do it against the 0-2 Cincinnati Bengals in the home opener at New Era Field. 

Sounds easy, right? A winless opponent, at home, riding a two-game win streak? It may feel like this game is just setting up a 3-0 Bills team heading for a collision course with the New England Patriots in less than two weeks in Orchard Park. 

Then again, the Bengals have provided a tough test for Buffalo in the past, home or away.

Could this be the prototypical "trap game" for the Bills? 

Fans headed to Twitter to give their two cents during Monday's late night discussion:

Late night discussion: Are you nervous the #Bills home opener against the Bengals could be a trap game?

— WGR 550 (@WGR550) September 17, 2019

 

The case for a tough test:

55% of voters believe the Bengals are very likely a trap opponent for the Bills.

History would agree. Since 2011, Buffalo has a 1-4 record against Cincinnati. The most recent matchup came back in 2017 where the Bills lost the Bengals in a rainy Cincinnati by a 20-16 score.

In two matchups at New Era Field over the eight-year span, the Bengals have won both games in 2013 and 2015.

2-0 is a good start. However, the Jets and Giants both kept things close against the Bills and they are both 0-2 just like Cincinnati.

The Bengals were also competitive against the 2-0 Seattle Seahawks in Week 1, only losing 21-20. 

This could be a trap.

 

The case for a commanding Bills win:

45% of voters think Buffalo will handle their business with the Bengals before setting their sights on New England. 

It could be a trap game, were this teams of the past under coached like Rex Ryan, but I think Sean will keep this team focused, were not overlooking any team this year, not even the dolphins with this head coach.

— jon (@jonathankoch77) September 17, 2019

This team is coached to well....not going to happen. Dalton may have a day, but it has zero to do with preparation or a trap game. This team is too focused and takes nobody lightly.

— Sippin'TheKoolAid (@SThekoolaid) September 17, 2019

This team hasn't earned an ego and they know it. No trap games with this team

— --☀️⛈Phoenician Nick (@PhoenicianNick) September 17, 2019

Head coach Sean McDermott is a big reason fans are confident heading into Week 3. 

The Bengals are coming off a 41-17 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, who many could argue are in the same tier as the Bills when it comes to talent. 

 

Author's choice:

This has trap game written all over it. The Bills should be favored, but the Bengals are no pushover. Even without A.J. Green, Cincinnati still has multiple weapons including Joe Mixon, Tyler Boyd, and John Ross III, who has exploded onto the scene the last two weeks. 

Andy Dalton has had success against Buffalo in the past, so time will tell if history repeats itself.

This could be a tight one. 

 

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