Josh Allen threw four touchdowns, three to Stefan Diggs, and the Buffalo Bills rolled past Derrick Henry and the Tennessee Titans 41-7 in their opening house on Monday night.
The Bills, after winning the 31-10 Super Bowl winners, the Los Angeles Rams, crushed an opponent who had been their nemesis in each of the last two seasons. Fullback Reggie Gilliam and linebacker Matt Milano, with a 43-yard steal, also scored touchdowns for Buffalo.
Allen crossed 300 yards for the 15th time in his career, making 26 of 38 tries out of 317 yards and sitting for the entire fourth quarter. Diggs had 12 holds by 148 yards. He crossed 100 yards in each of his first two games, a feat previously only performed by Hall of Famer Andre Reed for Bills.
The Bills scored 30 points twice after they did nine times last year. And their defense limited Tennessee to 182 yards of offensive and the first 12 falls, simultaneously registering two sacks and forcing four turns.
The Titans, 21-20 knocked out of the New York Giants, opened 0-2 for the first time since 2012.
The two-time AFC South champions defenders face numerous questions about the defense, which gave up 313 passing yards per week after allowing 238 yards in a hurry. Meanwhile, Henry and their insults continue to burn.
The two-time speeding champion was limited to 25 yards on 13 leads, scoring a goal for 2 yards.
Both teams were injured, the most serious being Bills Cornback Dane Jackson, who injured his neck in an embarrassing collision with a teammate and was taken to the hospital for evaluation. The Bills said Jackson had full limb movement.
Otherwise, Bills, the two-time AFC East defender, continued to make a sensation in his second consecutive prime time appearance while easing past frustrations, including a 42-16 loss to Tennessee in 2020.
Still paralyzed by the memories of Allen, who was crammed in fourth place near the goal line without a gain in the last seconds of a 34:31 defeat in last season in which Buffalo squandered seven points in the fourth quarter, Bills scored at the opening. ride and never looked back.
Up 10-7 Allen and Diggs took control, connecting by two touchdowns during the break. Pretending to the left, Allen found Diggs in a 4 yard touchdown opening with a minute remaining in the second quarter.
Allen and Diggs then blew up the game, connecting on a 46-yard touchdown after Buffalo’s first possession in the second half. With time in his pocket, Allen threw a perfect pass to Diggs, who reached out to catch the ball before headlong into the end zone.
The wheels fell for the Titans, who lost 24: 0 in the third quarter. Tennessee rookie Kyle Philips repressed a punt for the second week in a row and Ryan Tannehill intercepted more balls.
Tannehill finished 11th from 20 out of 117 yards and was placed on the bench after intercepting Milano at 3:49 before the end of the third quarter. Rookie Malik Willis has taken over, and if Tannehill continues to struggle, Tennessee fans will be eager to see more young backups.
BEARING IN MIND OF SHOT VICTIMS
Bills Hall of Fame defensive goal Bruce Smith asked fans for a moment of silence before the game in memory of the 10 people killed in the May shootout at a Buffalo supermarket.
“We are united with the victims and their families,” said Smith.
“No one can erase pain and suffering. But Buffalo, your acts of love and kindness will never be forgotten, ”he added. “National media, national activists are gone. But we are here now. It’s up to us to love these families. Be with them.
Titans: LT Taylor Lewan missed his right knee injury in the first quarter. … RB Trenton Cannon missed his right knee injury in the first leg. … LB Ola Adeniyi injured his wrist. … LB Bud Dupree injured his hip. … The Titans moved Josh Gordon’s receiver from their training squad about three weeks after he signed with the team.
Bills: S Micah Hyde injured his neck. … Milano didn’t come back because of something called a sting. … DT Jordan Phillips injured his hamstring. … No. 2 WR Gabe Davis was inactive after an ankle injury in Saturday’s practice. … DT Brandin Bryant and CJ Brewer were removed from the training team to replace injured starter Ed Oliver (ankle) and backup Tim Settle (calf).
IN THE FUTURE
Titans: Host the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday.
Bills: Miami Dolphins on Sunday.
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