Bottom Line: Mistakes, coaching and execution are all lacking as Buffalo Bills lose to Tennessee Titans


The Buffalo Bills were blown away by the Tennessee Titans on Tuesday night, which likely toppled them in the national conversation. With the Kansas City Chiefs six days away, the Bills can’t really focus on what went wrong against Tennessee. But I can.

Here are my takeaways from the game:

Errors overwhelm invoices

The Titans had touchdowns of 12, 16, 18 and 30 yards tonight. (Thanks to Yards Per Pass)

28 points and 76 yards.

Great special teams and a pair of interception returns for the Titans allowed them to waltz for easy scores. With 5:39 left in the game, the Bills outscored the Titans 310-292, but Tennessee led 28-16. This only happens with mistakes. Buffalo was supposed to be the team that trained and was ready to go. Tennessee had a full workout in 12 days. Buffalo made mistakes. And then the icing on the cake was the comeback kickoff with 3:49 left in the game.

Six-minute drive into the Fourth Tennessee Advantage

Down 18 points with 17 minutes remaining, the Bills took 6:29 to score a touchdown. Awesome. A touchdown. But they did run the ball and didn’t hurry soon enough. (Here is my Twitter feed about it in real time.) They took too long, period. On the Titans drive that followed, the Titans traveled 70 yards. IT WAS LESS TIME THAN THE BILLS DISC. Tennessee were trying to kill the clock and they took 6:03 off the clock before they scored their touchdown. Buffalo must have scored three or four times in the last 17 minutes and the offense has only had two offensive practices in the last 17 minutes.

Listen. We knew it was going to happen. Patrick Mahomes and Aaron Rodgers and all the great QBs are coming back to earth. Bruce Nolan has spoken at length: Josh Allen’s backlash is inevitable. He was 10 of 21 at halftime with an interception (from his wide receiver). BUT. In the second half, he was 16/20. Still, he made a horrible decision on his second interception in the third quarter. It happens. We are not going to throw the baby out with the bathwater. A regression to the mean is expected, but it has happened in prime time.

Taron Johnson must be replaced this offseason

Johnson is a voluntary tackle in the running game, but he’s not good at covering. He allowed a 3rd and 19th conversion at the end of the first quarter and this is only the last in a long list of bad games for the young player. Early in the second, he let another big play go over the Bills’ goal line. Bills must draft or sign his replacement in the slot this year. I’m not sure Siran Neal is going to be much better this year either.

Bass kicked off in the second quarter, but the laces were facing the rookie as he approached the ball. This is at least the third time this year that we’ve seen a bad take from Bojorquez, according to Jay Feely. The CBS analyst and former NFL kicker would know. It cost Bass at least one failure earlier in the season. The laces should be turned away from the kicker.

I mean, he kicked the ball 74 yards (plus a penalty) to return the court at the end of the first half, so he’s got some redeeming qualities. But there was also the return from the 40-yard punt after he beat his cover on his other punt.

Devin Singletary and the Bills attack is not great, Bob

Twice in the first 7 minutes, Singletary was met in the backfield before he could make a cut. Seven races for 11 meters from Singletary in the first half. Singletary finished with 25 yards on 11 carries for 2.3 yards per carry. This was a running theme throughout our post-game reactions, and it was clearly a detriment tonight as the Bills kept going to the race game even when they were big in the fourth quarter.

This defense relies on starters and got burned (in the passing game) …

The backup of Matt Milano. Saving Tre’Davious White. When Tremaine Edmunds was down earlier in the year. What is the plan of the Bills when a player breaks down? In recent years, they’ve been fortunate enough not to happen, but it’s 2020. And 2020 is coming for EVERYBODY. AJ Klein was so bad they went to see Tyrel Dodson. They played linebacker practice players. They threw Cam Lewis, a 2019 UDFA, at the cornerback tonight.

But the running defense was strong against Henry

Sensational. Really a great effort from the top four. Derrick Henry had 9 carries for 24 yards in the first half and finished with 19 for 57 and a touchdown. The Bills stopped the Titans on the field. Ryan Tannehill broke free (is that a thing) for four rushes and 42 yards plus a TD,

Proceed on the third and along

Here are the first two discs in attack:

  • 3rd and 4th: Josh Allen hits Andre Robert in the hands for 19 (Deflected, INT)
  • 3rd and 1st: TJ Yeldon dives 3 meters
  • 3rd and 13th at 9:30 am in the first: Gabriel Davis for 15
  • 3rd and 7th: Josh Allen misses a DB blitz, hits an LB and gets 8 yards
  • 3rd and 10th: Gabe Davis with a touchdown! Illegal displacement?
  • 3rd and 15th: Andre Roberts gets 16 after Allen dodges pressure and throws a dart

Then halfway through the second quarter it was 3rd and 9th – Allen gets 11 at Diggs with pressure in his face and not being able to get in. 3rd and 10th with 4:47 in the third: 15 yards to Diggs on a return. Big push for Allen.

I’m not the type to count Allen in third place, and he’s proven why once again. The guy is going to get the sticks and I love it and I don’t want that to change.


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