The two hottest teams in the AFC. Two of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. Monday Night Football is supposed to be fun.
The Buffalo Bills can maintain control of the top seed in the conference with a win over the Cincinnati Bengals at 8:30 p.m. at Paycor Stadium, which comes with a first-round bye in the playoffs. It’s the first showdown between Josh Allen and Joe Burrow.
Buffalo (12-3) has won six straight games and Cincinnati (11-4) is on a seven-game winning streak. It’s the last Monday night game of the season. All week 18 games will be played on Saturday and Sunday.
This page will be updated during the game.
The Bills-Bengals game was postponed after Damar Hamlin gave CPR on the field
The Buffalo Bills vs. Cincinnati Bengals game on Monday night was rescheduled around 10 p.m. The NFL has not yet determined if and when play will resume.
The NFL issued a statement:
“Tonight’s game between the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals has been postponed after the Buffalo Bills’ Damar Hamlin collapsed, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced.
“Hamlin received immediate medical attention at the scene from a team and independent medical staff and local paramedics. He was then taken to a local hospital, where he is in critical condition. Our thoughts are with Damar and the Buffalo Bills. We will provide more information as it becomes available. The NFL has been in constant communication with the NFL Players Association, which agrees with the game’s postponement.
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Damar Hamlin injured – 5:58 1st quarter
Buffalo safety Damar Hamlin was injured while tackling Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins. Most of the Bills list came from the sidelines to kneel or stand next to Hamlin when a cart emerged.
Click here to read the full story on Hamlin’s injury: Damar Hamlin collapses on the field after a tackle against Bengals
Josh Allen hobbles to the touchline – 6:55 1st quarter
Josh Allen bent over for a third incompletion and appeared to grab his lower left leg. A replay showed him being rolled in by defensive end Trey Hendrickson.
Tyler Bass makes 25-yard field goal – Bengals 7, Bills 3
The Bills got Stefon Diggs more involved this week. Diggs, who was untargeted in the first half against the Bears last week, made a 17-yard catch on Buffalo’s first offensive play. Josh Allen crawled for 9 yards and Devin Singletary ran to the center for another first down. Buffalo picked up a blitz and Allen completed Diggs down the middle for 9 yards and a first down. James Cook brought back-to-back carries for 7 and 11 yards to the Bengals’ 14-yard line. Reggie Gilliam made a 7-yard grab, Allen threw the ball away on the second down, and a pass went off Cole Beasley’s hands on the third down. Tyler Bass scored a 25-yard field goal.
Joe Burrow caps impressive performance with TD pass to Tyler Boyd – Bengals 7, Bills 0
Cincinnati won the toss and wanted to receive. Joe Burrow went deep for Ja’Marr Chase in the first game and Tre’Davious White was called out for pass interference. Buffalo cornerback Taron Johnson was injured after being blocked by tight end Hayden Hurst. Johnson remained face down on the field while being attended to by medical personnel. Johnson was able to run away under his own power and went into the blue medical tent. Joe Burrow took a quarterback sneak for the Bengals’ second first down and then connected with Hurst for a 21-yard gain. On the next play, Burrow fired a 14-yard touchdown pass at Tyler Boyd.
The Bills vs. Bengals game is rescheduled to 8:30 p.m
Monday Night Football starts 15 minutes later this week. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. instead of 8:15 p.m. to allow ESPN to air the Rose Bowl between Penn State and Utah in its entirety. The Rose Bowl started at 5 p.m
Bengal defensive end Sam Hubbard is inactive
Cincinnati will be without their top pass rusher. Defensive end Sam Hubbard is inactive with a calf injury. Hubbard leads the team with 6.5 sacks and 11 tackles for loss.
QB Jake Browning, HB Chris Evans, CB Jalen Davis, G Jackson Carman and DT Jay Tufele are also inactive for the Bengals.
CB Xavier Rhodes, LB Baylon Spector, OL Justin Murray, OL Alec Anderson, S Dean Marlowe, OL Ike Boettger and TE Tommy Sweeney are inactive for the Bills.
Jordan Poyer plays with a torn lateral meniscus
Jordan Poyer was considered questionable when he came into the game but told ESPN’s Lisa Salters he would play and revealed he was dealing with a torn lateral meniscus in his knee. Poyer missed four games earlier this season and struggled with elbow, foot and rib injuries in 2022. He has 54 tackles and four interceptions in 11 games.