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The Bills' quarterback competition is still unsettled. Their defense showed signs of looking lost in giving up a touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage against Cincinnati.And Buffalo's patchwork offensive line is getting manhandled.These are not encouraging signs less than two weeks before the Bills open the regular season at Baltimore."It's a wake-up call for all of us A.J. Green Jersey ," center Ryan Groy said Monday, a day after the line was pushed around in giving up five sacks in the first half of a 26-13 preseason loss to the Bengals. "We couldn't get anything going. Hurt ourselves pre-snap. Didn't protect the quarterback. Did pretty much of everything on the do-not-do list."The level of concern was no different on defense after Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton burned Buffalo's defense for 180 yards passing and two touchdowns on five series 鈥?including a 57-yarder to John Ross on the opening snap."We couldn't stop them, man," cornerback Tre'Davious White said. "We weren't able to do anything yesterday. They were able to pick their spots and they were able to exploit them."As for quarterback, coach Sean McDermott is still not ready to name the Bills' season-opening starter, never mind which of his three quarterbacks will start in Buffalo's final preseason tuneup at Chicago on Thursday."No further quarterback developments," he said.Rookie first-round pick Josh Allen's steady progress took a considerable step back against the Bengals. In his first preseason start , he completed 6 of 12 passes for 34 yards, was sacked five times for 39 yards and managed just three first downs over seven-plus series before being pulled to be evaluated for a possible concussion.Allen was cleared to return for the start of the second half, but remained on the sideline while Nathan Peterman mopped up.Peterman, Buffalo's returning backup, has put up the best numbers this preseason Geno Atkins Jersey , though he's had just two series against an opponent's starting defense.As for AJ McCarron, the offseason free agent addition was cleared for practice Monday, some 10 days after being sidelined by a bruised right throwing shoulder during a 19-17 win at Cleveland.The Bills are a work in progress at best a little over eight months after sneaking into the playoffs to end a 17-year postseason drought, which had been the longest active streak in North America's four major professional sports.The current struggles reflect a roster still in the midst of being overhauled entering McDermott and general manager Brandon Beane's second seasons on the job.Only 15 players are left with two or more years of experience in Buffalo.Though the depth chart is not yet set, there is a chance the Bills will feature as many as seven starters with one or fewer season of NFL experience. And that includes the possibility of Allen or Peterman starting at quarterback.Difficult as Allen's outing was against Cincinnati, McDermott considered it a valuable learning experience for the strong-armed, yet raw quarterback in getting his first opportunity to face a starting NFL defense."I know the numbers didn't really show a great performance necessarily, but then again, there's a lot of things that go into that as well," he said."I did like his poise in the pocket to an extent. I thought he got us in and out of the huddle for the most part and managed some of the highs and lows," McDermott added. "That's all part of playing that quarterback position and leading a football team."CB COMPETITION: McDermott said the starting cornerback spot opposite White is still up for grabs between veteran free agent additions Vontae Davis and Phillip Gaines. Davis, a nine-year veteran Tyler Eifert Jersey , has struggled. He slipped while attempting to cover Ross on the opening play.SEEING YELLOW: McDermott is frustrated by the Bills being flagged 32 times for 257 yards in three preseason games. That includes 13 penalties for 125 yards against the Bengals. "It's unacceptable," he said.HONORING McCAIN: The flags in front of the Bills headquarters remained at half-staff Monday in honor of Sen. John McCain, who died of a malignant brain tumor on Saturday. The team also held a moment of silence before kickoff Sunday.INJURED: LB Julian Stanford is listed as week to week after hurting his nose against Cincinnati.These are the matchups between the Bengals and Dolphins that you need to watch In the beginning of this decade, the Bengals and Dolphins were quite familiar with one another. From 2010 to 2013, the two teams faced off three times, and the Dolphins were victorious each time. There was a two year break in between their next matchup, which the Bengals won 22-7. Even looking back at that game that took place just over two years ago, the rosters for both teams were drastically different than what they are now. Despite this, some of the best matchups for this Sunday’s game features names that played in that 2016 game. Roster turnover has altered the composition of each team that currently leads their respective divisions, but some familiar talent will be in the center of attention. Here are the matchups we’re most interested in watching:WR A.J. Green vs. CB Minkah FitzpatrickWe may not see these two match up against one another for more than a handful of times, but each time they do it’ll be very encapsulating. The Bengals offense haven’t used Green in the slot as much as the perception may be regarding it (about one every five snaps) but his effectiveness in that alignment is what’s been notable. Four of his five touchdowns have come from routes that started in the slot, and the majority of his yards have come from there as well.No one has been able to really stop Green from the slot. Now it’s the Dolphins first-round pick to have a crack at it.Fitzpatrick has been thriving from the position since his days in Alabama. He’s been one of the best in defending the slot Carlos Dunlap Jersey , and by far the best rookie to do it through four games. The Dolphins haven’t exactly nailed their recent first-round picks, but Fitzpatrick has looked like a slam dunk from the moment they drafted him. His toughest matchup yet in Green awaits.RG Alex Redmond vs. DT Vincent TaylorI went over Redmond’s spotty work in pass protection against the Falcons this week, but for this matchup, the focus is on run blocking. Redmond has had more individual success in this area, and the numbers can back this up. The Bengals running game has a 57% success rate when running behind the Bengals right guard, which is 12% over the league-wide average. This week, Redmond is going up against a little-known run stuffer who is not to be underestimated. The Dolphins recently released defensive tackle Jordan Phillips and they lost defensive end William Hayes to a torn ACL, but they’ve still got some players on the defensive line. Taylor has been one of the more productive run defending defensive tackles through four games, and he almost exclusively goes up against the right B-gap. Redmond will be quite familiar with Taylor by the time the final whistle is blown, his success against him will be imperative to the Bengals running game that will be short-staffed once again.LB Vontaze Burfict vs. RB Kenyan DrakeFor both parties involved, this will be a statement game. For Burfict, he’s expected to bring the Bengals defense up from the bottom of the pit where they currently reside Dre Kirkpatrick Jersey , while also showing he can play in a league that has become more strict for defenders since he last played. One thing Burfict can be relied upon is finishing tackles, because when he tackles ballcarriers, he tackles them. Missed tackles and bad angles were major issues for the Bengals backup linebackers that were filling in for Burfict this season, and those issues would’ve persisted against Drake. Through the first two weeks of the season, Drake looked like he was going to take the next step that many expected him to take. Entering Week 3, he had 101 rushing yards on 25 carries and a touchdown. In the last two weeks, he has six rushing yards on eight carries. Odds are, the real Drake is the one from the first two weeks of the year. After all, he led the league last year in average yards after contact per attempt. For whatever reason, the Dolphins offense went away from him against the Raiders and then the Patriots, but he’s still one of the best ballcarriers who can get yards by himself and break tackles. The Bengals are getting their star linebacker at an opportune time, and he’ll be tasked with chasing down Drake for as long as they put him out their in his season debut. FS Jessie Bates vs. WR Kenny StillsNot only is Stills one of the best deep threats in the league right now Billy Price Jersey , he’s been a lining up on the left and right boundary and in the slot almost completely equally. Each of the Bengals starting cornerbacks will likely face Stills in coverage, and Bates will have to make sure he doesn’t get over top of him.On just 19 targets, Stills is averaging 18.7 yards per reception, and has three touchdowns, including the one shown above. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill’s success targeting Stills downfield isn’t something that should be brushed to the side. The two will have opportunities to take the top off of the Bengals secondary that has been suspect at best this season, and Bates will be on his toes all game making sure the they don’t connect with the deep ball.