bills vs. Titans Score: Josh Allen, Buffalo make statement in prime-time blowout win over Tennessee

In a battle between AFC heavyweights, the Bills delivered a knockout knockout Monday night while sending an emphatic message to the rest of the NFL. By taking a 41-7 win over the visiting Titans, the Bills went to 2-0 and cemented their case as the best team in the conference.

It was a dominant performance for the Bills in all three phases. The headliner was quarterback Josh Allen, who threw for 317 yards and four touchdowns in three-quarters of his work. He had a field day throwing the ball to wide-out Stefon Diggs, who caught 12 passes for 148 yards and three scores. Buffalo’s offense was complemented by a defense that stopped the Titans star carrying back Derrick Henry, who finished the night with 25 yards and one touchdown on 13 carries.

The game started competitively enough, as both teams scored touchdowns on their opening drives. But the Bills then took over the game, scoring 10 unanswered runs in the second quarter to take a 17-7 lead. The Bills ended the competitive phase of the game by scoring 24 unanswered runs in the third quarter. Of those points, 17 were the result of three force turnovers, including Matt Milano’s 43-yard pick-six from Ryan Tannehill, which was relieved by rookie Malik Willis after throwing his second pick of the quarter.

The win allowed the Bills to keep up with the Dolphins atop the AFC East. At 0-2, Tennessee is in good company as it is one of three winless teams currently residing in the AFC South.

Why the bills won?

Everything went well for the bills on Monday night, which is really the upside. Buffalo showed against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 1 that it deserves to be the favorite to hoist the Lombardi Trophy in February, and the Bills just continued their case into Week 2. Allen completed 26 of 38 passes for 317 yards and four touchdowns, while Diggs caught 12 passes for 148 yards and three touchdowns.

The defense allowed a total of only 182 Titans yards compared to the Bills’ 414, and Buffalo won the turnover battle 4-0. The Bills won in every facet of the game in Week 2. It’s that simple.

Why did the Titans lose?

I think a better question is what went right for the Titans than what went wrong on Monday night. Tannehill completed 11 of 20 passes for 117 yards and two interceptions, Derrick Henry rushed for just 25 yards and one touchdown on 13 carries and the defense was consistently blown past. However, I think the third item really stood out in this loss.

One weakness clearly exploited by Buffalo was Tennessee’s secondary. The Titans’ No. 1 cornerback Kristian Fulton was ruled out on Saturday due to a hamstring injury, and without him this unit is young and very inexperienced. Caleb Farley played in his fifth game in the first round, and Roger McCreary and Tre Avery are rookies. All three struggled to stop this explosive offense, especially Farley. It’s hard when Jake Kumerow cooks you up for a 39-yard gain. Several big plays were given up, like the one when Diggs caught a 46-yard bomb and Isaiah McKenzie a 28-yard pass. Allen had a great statline, of course, but I’m honestly surprised he hasn’t fired more shots in the field.

The secondary Titans weren’t elite last year either, but the front seven kept them looking good at times. With Harold Landry this season due to a torn ACL, Bud Dupree leaving early Monday night with a hip injury, and Ola Adeniyi also taking a hit, the Titans’ defense struggled to put pressure on Allen – leaving the young cornerbacks to fend for themselves. own devices.

Turning point

In the third quarter, the Titans finally forced the Bills’ first kick of the season. Sam Martin started it off, and Titans rookie wideout Kyle Phillips muted it — his second muted punt of the season.

The UCLA product has huge potential as a final receiver, but you have to wonder if Mike Vrabel will leave him there as he moves forward with punting.

Playing the game

Bills’ offense and all the points they brought in were the headlines of this matchup, but the defense played well too! They pulled off a whopping four turnovers — including this impressive interception from veteran Jordan Poyer.

What’s next

The Titans return to Nashville next Sunday to host the 0-2 Las Vegas Raiders. As for the Bills, they headed out to take on the undefeated Miami Dolphins and quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who put in an impressive feat of 469 yards and six touchdowns.

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