ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – The Buffalo Bills took care of business with a 41-7 victory over the Tennessee Titans in the first game of a Monday Night Football doubleheader. The Bills scored on the opening drive and the Titans answered — going scoreless the rest of the way as Buffalo went up 34 straight to close things out.

Buffalo Bills

If the Bills’ season-opening win was anything to go by, the home opener performance against the Titans put an exclamation point on an impressive start. of Josh AllenStefon Diggs It’s a big part of communication as the quarterback and wide receiver are off to a historic start.

Diggs caught 12 passes for 148 yards and three touchdowns, tying Jerry Rice (1987, 1995) as the only player with multiple three-touchdown games on Monday Night Football, per Elias Sports Bureau. Two of Diggs’ three touchdowns came in the third quarter, when the Bills put up 24 points to build a decisive lead over the Titans.

Buffalo has started 2-0 in 3 of the last 15 seasons and is 2-0 in the last four — and it’s the first time the team has won on Monday Night Football since 1994.

QB Breakdown: Much of Allen’s success came through play-action. The Titans’ four turnovers in a game are the most since ESPN began tracking video in 2006. Allen’s 14 game-action completions are tied for second most of his career and his 219 game-action yards are the third-most of his career.

Critical gameAt the start of a third quarter drive, it appeared the Bills had to punt for the first time this season. On third-and-16 at their own 16-yard line, the offense was aided by an offsides penalty against the Titans. Then on third-and-9, Allen connected with a wide receiver Jamison Crowder on a 16-yard pass down the middle of the field. The play kept the drive alive, eventually giving Buffalo a three-point lead.

Problem trend: Injuries piled up in the win over the Titans. Starting cornerback Dane Jackson it was Taken from the field in an ambulance After being hit by a team, he suffered a neck injury Tremaine Edmonds. Security Micah Hyde He injured his neck on the field and left the linebacker Matt Milan (Stinter) and protection Jordan Phillips (hamstring) is also injured. — Alana Getzenberg

Knowing Under the Radar: The Bills scored a touchdown on the opening drive for the seventh straight game. Including the playoffs — it’s the longest streak since the Falcons in 2016 (eight straight).

Next game: at Miami Dolphins (1 p.m. ET Sunday, CBS)


Tennessee Titans

The Titans were outclassed in the losing streak. A 40-14 loss to the Green Bay Packers in Week 15 of the 2020 season was the Titans’ worst loss under coach Mike Vrabel.

The Bills outgained the Titans by 227 yards and forced four turnovers. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill The game was pulled after the second interception when it was out of reach.

Vrabel replaced Tannehill. Malik WillisHe will be the first starter to play quarterback this season. Willis joins a party where one of his teammates knocks the ball over and shoots the ball.

Describe the game in two words. Bad coverage. Even without wideout Gabriel Davis, the Bills were able to roam the Titans’ secondary, especially in free. Stefon DiggsHe finished with 12 receptions for 148 yards and three touchdowns.

Eye-popping Next Gen stats: Derek Henry Recorded minus-2.6 rushing yards per carry tonight. In a game since 2018, his worst-than-expected rushing yards per carry since the metric began tracking. Henry was the NFL’s top tackler the last 2 1/2 seasons before suffering a Jones fracture in Week 8 of last season. After averaging 3.9 yards per carry in Week 1, Henry averaged 2.0 yards per carry against the Bills, the fourth-lowest average in a game with at least 10 carries. Buffalo hit Henry behind the line of scrimmage on five of its 13 rushing attempts.

Problem trend: The casualties continue to mount. Running back Trenton Canon In the opener, he injured his knee and lost the match. Left baking Taylor Lewan He did not return after injuring his knee in the first quarter. Outside linebacker Dear Adeni He injured his wrist while charging Bud Dupree, who suffered a hip injury in the second quarter. Adeniyi went out for two in the series but returned before halftime. The Titans also lost their defensive end. Mr. Eagle Half time for the game. — Turron Davenport

Knowing Under the Radar: Despite a rough day for Henry, he scored his second rushing touchdown of the season. He now has 56 rushing touchdowns over the last five seasons, 17 more than the next closest players (Alvin Kamara and Nick Chubb each have 39).

Next game: Las Vegas Raiders (1 p.m. ET Sunday, Fox)

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