Convincing Road Win in Nashville
By: Zach Blaine
The Buffalo Bills defeated the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium Sunday afternoon in a defensive struggle by a score of 14-7. The game got off to a slow start with a scoreless first quarter. But, the Bills would score first in the 2nd quarter with an 8-yard touchdown pass from Josh Allen to Lee Smith to give the Bills a 7-0 lead with 2:36 left in the 2nd quarter.
The Titans would get some momentum in the 3rd quarter with a one-yard Derrick Henry touchdown run. The Titans also had numerous chances to take the lead, but kicker Cairo Santos missed four field goals (50, 36, 33, and 53 yards) on the day. The Bills got the ball with 9:46 left in the game and a 7-yard touchdown pass from Josh Allen to Duke Williams gave the Bills the lead back. Williams was promoted from the practice squad yesterday and received the game ball for his efforts and getting the go ahead touchdown.
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On the day Josh Allen was 23/32, 219 yards, two touchdowns, one interception, and he also rushed the for 27 yards. Frank Gore led the Bills in rushing for 60 yards but had no touchdowns. Josh Brown led the Bills in receiving with five receptions, for 75 yards, and no touchdowns.
Lorenzo Alexander and Ed Oliver led the Bills in tackles with six, and Alexander had one sack as well. Jordan Phillips led the Bills in sacks with three on the day and Jordan Poyer with three assists. Phillips never had more than 2 sacks in a season since entering the league in 2015 until shattering that today. He already has 4 sacks on the season in 5 games. The Bills didn't force any turnovers on the day but did force Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota into some bad mistakes. But, what kept the Titans in the game were the Bills penalties and a strong Titans defense. The Bills had 11 penalties for 78 yards.
The Bills will have a bye this coming week but will return to New Era Field on October 20th to take on the struggling Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins are off to an 0-4 start, and they were on a much needed bye this past week. Before the Dolphins come to New Era, they'll play the Washington Redskins in Miami Gardens. The bye will give the Bills time to work on the troubles with the offensive line and for Josh Allen to work on his confidence.