Banged-up Bills stay in playoff hunt
CINCINNATI — Two third-place teams knew exactly what this one meant. Either the Bills or the Bengals were going to walk off the field feeling their season was just about gone.
Despite losing two more key players, the Bills were the ones still standing.
LeSean McCoy ran 7 yards for a score before injuring his thumb, and Buffalo's defense held on at the end.
"We're in a desperate position," defensive tackle Kyle Williams said. "You look at it: We were kind of two teams teetering on the brink."
The Bills had lost three straight heading into their bye week. When they lost both McCoy and top receiver Robert Woods in the first half, things looked bleak. They piled up 183 yards on the ground — the most against the Bengals this season — to bust out of their slump, and they are still in position to end their run of 16 seasons without a playoff appearance.
"I feel deflated about the injuries," coach Rex Ryan said. "I know what this team can do. If we are healthy, we are going to be pretty tough."
By contrast, the Bengals are in danger of not making the playoffs for the first time in six years.
"Yes, it's tiring," cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones said. "It's depressing. It's nerve-wracking. Whatever you want to call it."