The Buffalo Bills have scored the first in every game they have played this season and were part of the AFC clash on Tuesday night with the Tennessee Titans never hanging out in the first half of a game until ‘now this year.
Both of those stats have changed against the Titans.
Buffalo’s first offensive possession ended with an interception by Josh Allen who deflected the hands of Andre Roberts, giving the Titans the ball deep in the Bills. AJ Brown beat Josh Norman for the touchdown and Tennessee never lagged in the game.
The Bills were without starting cornerback Tre’Davious White, linebacker Matt Milano and wide receiver John Brown – and it showed throughout the game.
Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill said his team had plenty of time to study the Bills over the past two weeks after their Week 4 game with the Pittsburgh Steelers was postponed. With the game against the Bills in jeopardy all last week, the Titans continued to virtually watch the Bills movie and they seemed to get it on Tuesday.
The Bills suffered their first loss of the season, losing the game 42-16.
The big game just wasn’t here for Josh Allen
There were drops and balls ricocheting off the receivers, but in the end, the Bills needed Allen to make some big plays with his arm with the struggling defense. He just couldn’t do it. Without John Brown in the lineup, Allen forced the ball to his No.1 target Stefon Diggs, who finished with 10 receptions for 106 yards. All of the production came on long hauls with no game breakers. The lack of a racing game allowed the Titans to sit down and force Allen to try and find open windows to attack, which didn’t ‘were just not there on the ground.
Bills look sloppy after a week of turmoil
This game has resumed, restarted several times over the past week and it showed on both sides of the ball for the Bills. They looked like a mentally exhausted team, committing turnovers and penalties that kept hurting them as the Titans sailed. The match was originally scheduled for Sunday and has been postponed for two days due to the situation of the Titans’ Covid-19 outbreak. Twenty-four people within the organization tested positive 19 days before the game. Buffalo has prepared both for the Titans and for a possible Chiefs clash in case the Titans game is called off.
The invoice management game offers no boost
Devin Singletary was certainly a player to watch heading into this game with the Titans allowing 166 yards per game before the game. Singletary was limited to just 25 yards on 11 carries, and the Bills’ offensive line just hasn’t been pushed to the point of attack. Tennessee were without starting defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons, who is on the team’s reserve / Covid-19 roster, but that didn’t even matter. The Bills converted well on the third down but didn’t have enough big plays in the game.
Dawson Knox’s drops haven’t gone away
The Bills wide receivers didn’t do Allen any favors in this game, but Knox’s continued penchant for drops is now officially concerning. He had a slightly high ball in the first half which slipped out of his hands and fell incomplete. Knox’s season prospects were skyrocketing ahead of his second season, but the results just weren’t there.
Taron Johnson gets harassed
In the Titans’ second touchdown, Bills cornerback Taron Johnson was just mistreated by Tennessee wide receivers. He struggles to stay with his man in cover and after playing they usually get some yards after the catch. Bills starting weak side linebacker Matt Milano are usually able to help hide some shortcomings with his speed and covering ability. Without him against the Titans, Johnson was a bit exposed, especially when Tennessee forced him to cover AJ Brown on the inside.
John Brown’s absence weighs heavily
Brown has faced a few injuries in recent weeks, missing a few maintenance practices while dealing with a foot and calf injury. In practice last Thursday, he appeared to injure his leg at the end of a landing during 1-on-1 drills. The Bills rated him as questionable for the game with a knee injury and he didn’t. didn’t play against the Titans. Without him, the defense was able to grab Stefon Diggs, who was still able to play. But Allen didn’t seem to have the same number of options open as he surveyed the field, making just 10 of 21 passes in the first half for a less than 50% completion rate. Cole Beasley didn’t have a single reception in the first half.
Tremaine Edmunds hasn’t looked the same player this season
If you type Edmunds name on Twitter, you’ll likely find a whole bunch of fans seemingly tired of the old first-round pick’s poor play at the start of this season. He seems to be slow to deal against the run and react with the ball in the air. He is either late or missing too many tackles. These struggles continued to be exhibited against Tennessee.
Edmunds showed signs of life in the third quarter as the Titans led to start the third quarter.
Josh Norman is embarrassed by Derrick Henry
Just over a week away from perhaps the most important game of the season for the Bills, Norman was tending for all the wrong reasons late in the second quarter. He was thrown into the air by a brutal Titans arm, running back Derrick Henry, in a run that resulted in a first down. Normas got caught a bit with Tre’Davious White out of the roster with a back injury. He gave up on the first touchdown on a 1 on 1 against Brown where Bills DB were simply beaten. Norman’s role on this defense as a no. 2 cornerback is radically different from what he was asked to do on Tuesday. It is no longer a no. 1 and without White winning a team’s first target, Norman struggled.
Goal: Titans 42, Bills 16
Total Net Yards: 370
Total Net Yards Titans: 334
The team rushes to the invoices: 95 meters away
Team Rushing Titans: 139 meters
Team passing invoices: 275 meters
Team passing the Titans: 195 meters
Penalties: Bills 10 for 56 yards | Titans 6 for 46 yards
The score of the box
Following: Kansas City Chiefs (4-1) vs. Buffalo Bills (4-1), 5 p.m., Monday, Oct. 19, FOX
Titans embarrass Bills because Buffalo isn’t ready for prime time (review)
Inactive Titans Invoices: Tre’Davious White, John Brown vs. Titans
Invoices at Titans: Kristian Fulton, Kamalei Correa removed from Reserve / COVID-19 list; Jeffery Simmons, Adam Humphries vs. Buffalo