Buffalo Bills cornerback Dane Jackson was hospitalized with an alarming-looking injury inflicted by a teammate as the Bills continued their strong start to the season with a dominant 41-7 win over the Tennessee Titans.
Jackson suffered a neck injury late Monday night in the first half of the Bills’ home game. Jackson was on the ground with his head held high as he tackled the Titans’ Treylon Burks when 25-year-old’s teammate, Tremaine Edmunds, burst in, head out and miss his intended target. The 1.8 m, 5 in, 250 pound linebacker’s helmet slammed into Jackson’s, jerking his head back.
Surrounded by concerned teammates as he was treated by medical personnel, Jackson was placed on a stretcher and an ambulance drove onto the field to take him to the hospital. Edmunds could continue. The incident silenced a rowdy crowd at the Bills’ home opener, with television cameras showing some fans praying in the stands.
The team said Jackson was taken to Erie County Medical Center for a CT scan and X-ray and, in a positive sign, had “full limb movement.” Pennsylvania native, Jackson is in his third season with Buffalo, who picked him in the seventh round of the 2020 draft.
Buffalo then led 17-7. Decibel levels rose again in the second half as wide receiver Stefon Diggs extended the Bills’ advantage with his second touchdown of the game, catching a 46-yard pass from quarterback Josh Allen, who had another impressive performance to add to his collection. to add. Even in mid-September, it hardly seems too early to predict that Allen will compete for the league’s MVP award. Allen finished the night with four touchdowns and no interceptions for 317 passing yards.
Diggs added his third score in the third quarter for a 34-7 lead before an interception returned for a 43-yard touchdown by Matt Milano, turning the game into a defeat, the mood now jubilant in the stands.
The dominant display in the 41-7 win underlines the Bills’ status as one of the leading Super Bowl candidates, especially after they put the curtain on the defending champions, the Los Angeles Rams, 31-10. Sean McDermott’s side is now the clear favorite of the bookmakers. The Titans – also expected to be one of the strongest teams in the AFC – lost their first game to the New York Giants and must regroup after a daunting night in western New York.
In Monday’s other game, the Philadelphia Eagles went 2-0 for the season after beating the Minnesota Vikings 24-7. Jalen Hurts had a solid night as a quarterback, completing 26 of his 31 passes for 333 yards. He threw one touchdown and a late interception, and also won 57 yards on the ground. The Eagles defense gave Kirk Cousins a rough night by knocking out the Viking quarterback three times.