Invoices vs.  Titans score: Josh Allen and Buffalo make statement in blowout prime-time win over Tennessee

Invoices vs. Titans score: Josh Allen and Buffalo make statement in blowout prime-time win over Tennessee

In an AFC heavyweight battle, the Bills delivered a knockout Monday night while sending an emphatic message to the rest of the NFL. Posting a 41-7 victory over the visiting Titans, the Bills moved to 2-0 while solidifying their position as the best team in the conference.

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

The game started off quite competitively, as both teams scored touchdowns in their first drives. But the Bills took over the game afterwards, scoring 10 unanswered points in the second quarter to take a 17-7 halftime lead. The Bills ended the competitive phase of the game by scoring 24 unanswered points in the third quarter. Of those runs, 17 were the result of three forced turnovers, including Matt Milano’s 43-yard pick of Ryan Tannehill, which was picked up by rookie Malik Willis after throwing his second pick of the quarterback.

The victory allowed the Bills to keep pace with the Dolphins at the top of 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 headline. Buffalo showed in Week 1 vs. the Los Angeles Rams that he deserves to be the overwhelming favorite to lift the Lombardi Trophy in February, and the Bills just built on their case in 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 just 182 total yards for the Titans 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 as simple as that.

Why the Titans lost

I think a better question is what went right for the Titans versus what went wrong Monday night. Tannehill completed 11 of 20 passes for 117 yards and two interceptions, Derrick Henry rushed for just 25 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries and the defense was consistently overwhelmed. I think that third element is what really stood out in that loss, though.

A weakness clearly exploited by Buffalo was the Tennessee secondary. The Titans number. Number one cornerback Kristian Fulton was ruled out Saturday with a hamstring injury, and without him this unit is young and very inexperienced. Former first-round pick Caleb Farley was playing his fifth career game, then Roger McCreary and Tre Avery are rookies. All three struggled to stop this explosive attack, especially Farley. It’s tough every time Jake Kumerow cooks you for 39 yards. There were several big dropped plays like that, as Diggs caught a 46-yard bomb and Isaiah McKenzie caught a 28-yard pass. Allen sure had a great stat line, but I’m honestly surprised he didn’t take more shots from the field.

The Titans’ secondary wasn’t elite last year either, but the top seven made them look good at times. With Harold Landry out this season with a torn ACL, Bud Dupree leaving early Monday night with a hip injury and Ola Adeniyi also knocked out, the Titans defensive line struggled to pressure Allen – leaving the young cornerbacks to their own devices.

Turning

In the third quarter, the Titans finally forced the Bills’ first point of the season. Sam Martin threw it, and Titans rookie rookie Kyle Phillips missed it — his second missed punt of the season.

The UCLA product has huge potential as a slots receiver, but you have to wonder if Mike Vrabel is going to leave him there punting in the future.

Game of the game

The Bills’ offense and all the points they racked up made the headlines of this game, but the defense played well too! They forced four turnovers, including that impressive interception from veteran Jordan Poyer.

And after

The Titans return to Nashville next Sunday to host the Las Vegas Raiders 0-2. As for the Bills, they hit the road to take on the undefeated Miami Dolphins and quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who is coming off an impressive 469 yards and six touchdowns.

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