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Bills vs. Bengals live rating, updates, highlights from NFL ‘Monday Night Football’ game


This season of “Monday Night Football” could have saved the very best for last.

The Bills are in Cincinnati tonight to tackle the Bengals in a large clash between two of the very best teams within the AFC. The stakes are high, and each teams shall be going all out for the win as they jostle for playoff positioning.

If Buffalo comes out on top, it might remain in the driving force’s seat for the No. 1 seed — and an all-important first round bye within the playoffs. If Cincy gets the win, it might move into second place — bumping the Bills right down to the No. 3 spot in the method. 

MORE: NFL playoff bracket: Updated AFC, NFC seeds if season ended today

Each teams are red hot coming into the matchup. The Bills have won 6 games in a row, while the Bengals have won 7 in a row. 

Amongst all the opposite storylines, we’ll also get to see a battle between two of the league’s most fun quarterbacks — Josh Allen and Joe Burrow. Each are still right within the thick of the MVP race with just two games left within the regular season. 

The Sporting News is tracking live scoring updates and highlights from Bills vs. Bengals on “Monday Night Football.” Follow along for all the important thing moments from the Week 17 clash.

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Bills vs. Bengals live updates, highlights from ‘Monday Night Football’

(All times Eastern.)

9:17 p.m. — The officials just announced this game has been temporarily suspended. Each teams are heading to the locker room. We are going to proceed to offer updates on this example because it develops. 

9:12 p.m. — Hamlin has been taken away in an ambulance. The whole Bills team was gathered in prayer on the sector because it drove away. Hamlin’s current condition is unclear at once. It appears this game will proceed shortly, but at once it’s hard to even imagine playing a football game after what just took place. 

9:07 p.m. — ESPN’s sideline reporter Lisa Salters just delivered an update and you would hear the emotion in her voice. Joe Buck reported that the medical staff has been administering CPR to Hamlin. We will only hope and pray for the very best at once. A devastating and terrifying situation has unfolded here early on this game. 

9:03 p.m. — This is basically a distressing situation. Josh Allen and a number of other other Bills players are in tears as an ambulance has now come onto the sector. Really worrying moments in Cincinnati at once.

8:59 p.m. — Scary scene here. Hamlin made the tackle on that last play and initially got up onto his feet, but he staggered and fell back to the turf. The medical staff is bringing a stretcher out. McDermott looks very concerned. 

8:56 p.m. — The Bengals come out swinging once more on their second drive of the night, and a Burrow pass to Tee Higgins picks up 13 yards to quickly move them across midfield. One other Bills defender is down hurt at the top of the play, this time it’s safety Damar Hamlin. Tough begin to this game for Buffalo’s defense. 

8:53 p.m. — Allen’s left leg got rolled up on a bit at the top of that drive. It looked like his left knee could have even hyper-extended barely. He was walking slightly tenderly to the sideline, but he’s a fairly tough guy and it doesn’t look like he’s in any danger of leaving this game. 

Bengals 7, Bills 3

8:51 p.m. FIELD GOAL — Tyler Bass connects from short range to place the Bills’ on the board. 

8:49 p.m. — A mishap on 2nd down brings up third and three for Buffalo from contained in the Bengals’ 10. Allen drops back and tosses left for Cole Beasley, nevertheless it goes off the receiver’s hands and falls incomplete. That may force a field goal attempt. 

8:47 p.m. — A second catch by Diggs picks up one other Bills’ first down, then rookie running back James Cook enters the sport and rips off two nice runs to maneuver the ball into the red zone. 

8:44 p.m. — On third and inches, Devin Singletary lowers his shoulder and bangs ahead for a primary down. Buffalo has the ball across midfield, but they must burn a timeout on the next play after Sean McDermott doesn’t like what he sees from the defense.  

8:42 p.m. — Buffalo’s first drive of the night starts because it often does — with an Allen completion to Diggs. That picks up 17 yards to select up a fast first down.

8:41 p.m. — If that first drive is any indication, it might be a protracted night for this Bills defense. Let’s have a look at how Josh Allen responds. 

Bengals 7, Bills 0

8:38 p.m. TOUCHDOWN — Wow, what an incredible start for Cincy! A lightning-quick drive ends in a touchdown after Burrow connects with Tyler Boyd behind the top zone! The Bengals have the lead very quickly! 

Burrow to Boyd for six 🔥

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— NFL (@NFL) January 3, 2023

8:36 p.m. — Burrow sneaks it up the center to convert for a primary down. One play later, he throws it over the center to Hayden Hurst, who attempts a wild hurdle over a defender but gets dragged down contained in the Bills’ 15-yard line. 

8:34 p.m. — Joe Mixon gets his first handoff of the night and powers forward to establish third and inches. Buffalo cornerback Taron Johnson was shaken up and is down on the sector. 

8:31 p.m. — On the primary play from scrimmage, Burrow goes deep down the left sideline to Chase. Tre’Davious White had a hold of Chase in coverage, and that’ll draw a pass interference call. Rough begin to the night for White. 

8:30 p.m. — Here we go. Kickoff is just moments away on this massive late-season AFC showdown. The Bengals won the toss and have elected to receive first. Burrow and his offense will take the sector to get things underway.

8:21 p.m. — Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase have formed one other deadly duo recently. Chase hasn’t been held under 7 catches in a game since Week 4 against the Dolphins.

Ja’Marr Chase can have ___ receiving yards on MNF.

📺: #BUFvsCIN — Tonight 8:30pm ET on ESPN
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— NFL (@NFL) January 3, 2023

7:53 p.m. — Stefon Diggs: A person of the people. 

rock paper scissors with @stefondiggs ❤️

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— NFL (@NFL) January 3, 2023

7:35 p.m. — This duo has been outstanding once more this season. They’ll have to be at their best in certainly one of their biggest tests of the season tonight. 

Can’t break their focus. 🤝 #BUFvsCIN | #BillsMafia pic.twitter.com/kyfzqhTTIF

— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) January 3, 2023

7:23 p.m. — Joe Burrow has his team playing some great football at the correct time. Can he and the Bengals topple the AFC’s top dog tonight?

Haven’t seen @JoeyB play since last yr 🥁

📺: #BUFvsCIN — Tonight 8:30pm ET on ESPN
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— NFL (@NFL) January 2, 2023

What time is the NFL game tonight?

  • Date: Monday, Jan. 2
  • Time: 8:30 p.m. ET

The sport is scheduled to kick off at 8:30 p.m. ET from Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. The weather forecast calls for cloudy skies with temperatures within the high 50s Fahrenheit and a likelihood of thunderstorms later within the evening. 

What channel is Bills vs. Bengals on today?

  • TV networks: ESPN (U.S.) | TSN1/3/4, RDS2 (Canada)
  • Live stream: ESPN.com, ESPN App, ESPN+, fuboTV (U.S.) | DAZN (Canada)

Buffalo and Cincinnati will face off on the ultimate “Monday Night Football” broadcast of the season. ESPN shall be airing the sport nationwide in the USA, with Joe Buck (play-by-play), Troy Aikman (color commentary) and Lisa Salters (sideline reporting) on the decision from Cincy.

Fans in the USA in search of a live stream can find one on fuboTV, which offers a free trial. Other options include ESPN.com, ESPN+ or the ESPN App. 

Viewers in Canada can tune in on TSN 1/3/4 or RDS2, or via live stream with DAZN, which features every NFL game

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