Bills fall short to Titans, 34-31



The Bills’ month-long win streak came to an end on Monday night in Nashville. Bills fans invaded the city but a ‘L’ invaded the standings as the Tennessee Titans took the 34-31 win on prime time.

Now the Bills head to their bye-week at 4-2 and get ready for the stretch run of the season.

Following the Bills’ loss, here’s how Bills Wire graded Buffalo out in this week’s report card:

Quarterback: B+

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) looks for a receiver.

Josh Allen needed to have a good game with half the Titans secondary out. Allen finished 35 for 47 with 353 yards and three touchdowns. He threw one interception. Allen rushed nine times for 26 yards.

Allen and the Bills continued their struggles in the red zone. The Bills settled for field goals twice in the first half with Tyler Bass converting from 24 and 28 yards out. Still, Allen would get rolling, and the Bills would open up a 20-17 halftime lead after a 29-yard touchdown pass to Cole Beasley.

Buffalo scored on two of its four second-half drives, with their last points coming with 0:27 seconds in the third. Allen’s day went awry on the Bills’ second to last drive. The six-play drive went five yards after a sack, taking up 1:44 on the clock.

Allen had a chance for redemption but failed to sneak from less than a yard to turn the ball over on downs and give the Bills a chance for a touchdown from the two-yard line.

Running back: C-

Tennessee Titans linebacker David Long Jr. (51) tackles Buffalo Bills running back Devin Singletary (26) The Tennessean

Zack Moss and Devin Singletary didn’t rack up the yards on Monday night. They combined for 51 yards on 13 carries and had seven catches for 31 yards. Singletary caught five passes for 16 yards.

The lone highlight from the duo was a 14-yard run by Singletary where he bowled over one Titan and dragged another a few yards downfield.

As usual, they split snaps evenly.

Tight End: B+

Buffalo Bills tight end Dawson Knox (88) leaves the field after warmups. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Dawson Knox had his touchdown streak snapped. Even more concerning he left the game with a hand injury.

Knox caught his three targets for 25 yards and threw a two-point conversion pass to Josh Allen to give the Bills a 31-27 lead. Tommy Sweeney scored his first career touchdown the play prior.

The two tight ends continue to show why the Bills didn’t feel the need to address the tight end group this offseason.

Wide Receiver: A-

Stefon Diggs (14) celebrates his touchdown (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The Bills wide receiver group know their roles and can win against any defensive group in the league. Cole Beasley was welcomed back into the offensive fold for nine targets, catching seven. Beasley racked up 88 yards and a touchdown where he beat Jackrabbit Jenkins deep to put the Bills up before halftime.

Emmanuel Sanders led the Bills in receiving yards with five catches for 91. Stefon Diggs brought in nine catches for 89 yards and found the end zone for the first time this season. He is Allen’s favorite target on third down.

Gabriel Davis had two catches, matching his total from Weeks 3-5.

Offensive Line: C+

Buffalo Bills offensive tackle Spencer Brown (79) warms up. (AP Photo/John Amis)

The O-line grouping that had been rolling the past two games finally hit a bump against the Titans.

Allen was sacked three times and they could never get a consistent run game going. When the game relied on them to get a push, they failed, as the Titans’ defensive line blew up Allen’s QB sneak.

The Bills rushed for a first down just three times and averaged 3.6 yards per rush as well.

Defensive Line: D

Buffalo Bills defensive end Greg Rousseau (50) warms up. (AP Photo/John Amis)

The Jets sacked Ryan Tannehill seven times last week. The Bills recorded none.

When playing the Titans the past few seasons, Buffalo has kept Derrick Henry in check. Instead, he rushed 20 times for 143 yards and found the end zone three times. He went untouched on a 76-yard touchdown

The Bills chose to keep AJ Epenesa and Boogie Basham inactive. The best pressure they got was up the middle from Harrison Phillips, Star Lotulelei, and Justin Zimmer. Jerry Hughes did not have a tackle.

Linebacker: C+

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) is tackled by Buffalo Bills middle linebacker Tremaine Edmunds (49)

The Bills had added Matt Milano back into the fold. He jumped out the first four weeks of the season but didn’t impact the game nearly as much.

Buffalo ran a majority of nickel package against the dangerous duo of AJ Brown and Julio Jones. Tremaine Edmunds led the Bills with 10 total tackles and was incredibly aggressive when having to tackle Henry.

Secondary: B+

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) runs 76 yards for a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

The best defensive unit the Bills had on Monday.

Ryan Tannehill finished the first half with four completed passes, one of which bounced off a defender’s helmet.

Tannehill was rather pedestrian with 216 yards and an interception thrown to Jordan Poyer in the first quarter. AJ Brown caught seven of his nine targets for 91 yards, picking up steam as the second half continued.

Micah Hyde was fearless as Henry rumbled directly toward him, risking life to bring him down. Taron Johnson and Poyer had the second and third most tackles on the team. Tannehill picked apart the Bills in the middle of the field between the line of scrimmage and 10 yards. Tre’Davious White was rarely challenged.

Special Teams: C

Buffalo Bills kicker Tyler Bass (2) kicks a field goal.

Another game, another special team penalty taking away a great play.

Isaiah McKenzie returned a kick 101 yards to the endzone with 3:05 remaining in the fourth quarter. If it stood the Bills would have led by three points. Instead, Andre Smith was called for a holding penalty and the ball was brought back to the Buffalo 18-yard line.

Tyler Bass made all three of his kicks, including a season-long one from 52-yards out.




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