All week long, the Cincinnati Bengals had to hear about their banged-up offensive line. Down three starting lineup, the overall consensus was they would have a tough day in the Buffalo snow.

And yet, they dominated every second of that football game. Sure, it was a close one for a significant portion of the game but in the trenches, the Bills’ pass rush never stood a chance.

Joe Burrow got rid of the football quickly (as he usually does) but seemed as comfortable as you can be in an NFL pocket.

If you didn’t know anything about this game prior to tuning in on Sunday, you would’ve assumed the OL was fully healthy. Heck, you might’ve assumed Anthony Muñoz and Andrew Whitworth were playing in their respective primes!

But no. In fact, it was backup Jackson Carman at left tackle and backup Hakeem Adeniji on the right side.

Speaking of Carman, talk about a comeback story!

Carman lost the battle for LG1 to rookie Cordell Volson in the preseason. And it wasn’t just because Volson shined. It was mostly about Carman being so bad that the battle is over.

He even played poorly against the Baltimore Ravens last weekend. But on Sunday, he protected Burrow’s blind side in the passing game very efficiently.

Bengals QB Burrow was sacked once all game and it was by a blitzing Matt Milano.

Even in the running game, he was making great blocks. That showed in Joe Mixon’s 94 rushing yards in 17 attempts. Look at Carman taking Tremaine Edmunds to the bench in the clip below! The Bengals offensive line was that dominant.

Fourth-round draft pick Cordell Volson also showed up in a big way in Buffalo. The rookie was key in exploiting the absence of Bills’ standout DT DaQuan Jones and shined in double-team schemed runs.

The game wasn’t supposed to go the Bengals’ way because of the offensive line injuries. But those guys up front ended up being the reason why they won as they consistently bullied the home team all day long.

Of course, you have to give immense credit to quarterback Joe Burrow, whose pocket presence made life easier on his offensive line.

Next weekend, the Bengals will travel to Kansas City to face the Chiefs for the second consecutive AFC Championship Game who will likely be fielding a banged-up Patrick Mahomes.

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