ORCHARD PARK, New York (AP) – If the Buffalo Bills are making some kind of rant by opening their season with a losing streak, quarterback Josh Allen isn’t about to raise his voice.
As he did after their 31-10 win over the defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams, Allen dismissed questions about the message the Bills sent by choking the Tennessee Titans 41-7 in their Buffalo home opener Monday night.
“When we implement the way we know we are supposed to implement, success usually leads to success,” Allen said. “We’re just trying to be the best version of ourselves.”
Allen made no difference whether Bill had some justification against an opponent who had beaten them in each of the past two seasons.
“It doesn’t matter who it is against. Like, this is a good team we played.” “For us to go, that was great.”
Allen threw four touchdown passes, including three to Stefon Diggs, and the Bills defense did the rest, including Derrick Henry and the Titans. Buffalo forced four turnovers, including linebacker Matt Milano who returned the second from Ryan Tanehill’s interception with a 43-yard touchdown.
Buffalo was never late and blew up the open game by defeating the Titans 24-0 in the third quarter. The surge began in the last minute of the second quarter when Buffalo took a 17-7 lead on Allen’s 4-yard pass to Diggs.
Allen hit 300 yards for the 15th time of his career, completed 26 of 38 attempts for 317 yards, and sat the entire last quarter. Diggs had 12 catches for 148 yards. He crossed 100 yards in each of his first two games, a feat previously accomplished for the Bills only by Hall of Famer Andre Reed.
“He left a lot on the bone, really,” said Diggs, shrugging his shoulders. “We had a lot of points. I think we had one kick and I think it came back to us. But just do your job, and at this point, we’re doing really well I think.”
The Titans, who came off a 21-20 season opener loss to the New York Giants, opened 0-2 for the first time since 2012.
The two-time defending South Asian champion faces so many questions about a defense that he gave up 313 yards of passing a week after being allowed to dash for 238 yards. Meanwhile, their attack mustered 187 yards, managed 12 first touchdowns, and finished two of their 11 campaigns in the Beles area.
“We’ve had (butts) kicks, just plain and simple,” coach Mike Frapel said after the lopsided loss in his four seasons coaching the Titans. They have outdone us and outdone us, that’s the definition of that. We will go back to work and try to figure out how to win a football match.”
While Taneyhill was sitting on the bench after throwing his second interception, the running game led by Henry the Titans continued to lag.
The two-time 25-yard dash champion was limited to 13 buggies while recording in a 2-yard dive.
“I’m proud of myself for making plays and being a playmaker for this team. And I didn’t do that tonight,” Henry said. “They were the better team tonight in all three stages, the whole match. We weren’t good enough. Absolutely.”
Injuries have affected both teams, the most serious being that of Bills’ Dane Jackson, who injured his neck in a troubling collision with a teammate and was taken to hospital for evaluation. The bill said Jackson had complete movement in his limbs.
Coach Sean McDermott said Jackson was still waiting for test results. The entire Bills team gathered around Jackson as he was loaded into an ambulance in the field.
“You go from being a coach to being just a human being. It’s a real moment,” McDermott said. “Just pray for him. It’s an unfortunate situation.”
Tanehill finished 11 of 20 for 117 yards and was off the bench after Milan intercepted with 3:49 left in the third quarter. Rookie Malik Willis has taken the reins, and if Taneyhill continues to struggle, Tennessee fans will want to see more of the young backup.
Frabel emphasized that he used many of his entrees to protect them from getting hurt.
Remembering the shooting victims
Defensive end to the Bills Hall of Fame, Bruce Smith asked fans to stand for a moment of silence before the game to honor the memory of the 10 people killed in a shooting at a Buffalo supermarket in May.
“We stand united with the victims and the families of the victims,” Smith said.
“No one can erase their pain and suffering. But Buffalo, your loving actions and kindness will never be forgotten.” The national media is gone, all the patriotic activists. But we are here now. It is up to us to love these families. to be with them.”
Titans: LT Taylor Lewan is not back after injuring his right knee in the first quarter. … RB Trenton Cannon is no longer after he injured his right knee in the opening game. .. LB Ola Adeniyi hit his wrist. …LB Bud Dupree hit his hip. …the Giants removed Josh Gordon from their coaching staff about three weeks after he signed with the team.
Bills: S. Mika Hyde had a neck injury. …no longer Milan because of what was called pungent. …DT Jordan Phillips injured his hamstring. …#2 WR Gabe Davis was inactive after injuring his ankle in practice on Saturday. …DTs Brandin Bryant and CJ Brewer have been promoted from the coaching staff to fill in injured starters Ed Oliver (ankle) and backup Tim Settle (calf).
Titans: Host the Raiders of Las Vegas on Sunday.
Billing: At the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.