In the first Monday night game of the second day of NFL play, the Buffalo Bills put their foot down. Against the Tennessee Titans, the best AFC team of the last season, they won 41:7 and the game was already decided in the third quarter.
Munich/Buffalo – The Buffalo Bills continue to march through the league.
After a convincing 31-10 win in week one against the reigning Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams, they posted a resounding 41-7 win over the Tennessee Titans in their home opener.
Allen in MVP form, Tannehill giving eight
Quarterback Josh Allen was once again the outstanding man. He completed 26 of his 38 passes for 317 yards and four touchdowns. In the process he put up a passer rating of 128.9.
Wide receiver Stefon Diggs turned out to be uncoverable. With twelve catches for 148 yards and three touchdowns, he single-handedly took apart the Titans’ backfield. The other Allen touchdown was caught by fullback Reggie Gilliam, and linebacker Matt Milano returned an interception for a touchdown.
The fact that the Bills’ running game was again modest, totaling 49 yards, was not a factor in the end. Allen was replaced by backup Case Keenum at the start of the fourth quarter to give him a rest.
The Titans, on the other hand, had a horror night. Ryan Tannehill completed only eleven of his 20 balls for 117 yards and two interceptions, including a pick six. Derrick Henry was not a factor either, although he ran into the end zone once, he only gained 25 yards in total despite 13 runs. Tannehill was cut after the pick six and rookie Malik Willis took over. However, apart from a fumble, he did nothing worth mentioning.
The game was overshadowed by the serious neck injury to Bills cornerback Dane Jackson. After a collision with his own teammate, his neck stretched backwards and he had to go to hospital immediately.
The Bills travel to the Miami Dolphins (2-0) on the next matchday, the Tennessee Titans host the Las Vegas Raiders (0-2).