The Tennessee Titans are moving on to 4-0 after handing the Buffalo Bills their first loss of the season. The 42-16 domination that took place on TNF (Tuesday Night Football) was unexpected after the Titans were forced to take a two-week delay from playing following a string of COVID-19 cases.
Surprisingly, that delay proved to be beneficial for the Titans. It gave players like wide receiver A.J. Brown time to get healthy. And it allowed some time to reset after the first three games were won by a combined four points.
Quarterback Ryan Tannehill was efficient in the game. He threw for fewer than 200 yards, but he still managed to add four touchdowns–three passing, one rushing–to his total for the season. His favorite target? None other than Brown, who led the team in targets (9), receptions (7) and receiving yards (82) while also adding a score of his own.
The Tennessee defense also chipped with three turnovers. Two of the turnovers were interceptions by Josh Allen while the third was a lost fumble by Andre Roberts. T.J. Yeldon also coughed up the football, but the Bills were able to recover.
The team’s overall performance was surprising due to the long layoff between the Week 3 win against the Minnesota Vikings and Tuesday night. Buffalo actually had more total yards on offense than the Titans, 370 to 334, but the turnovers and efficient play by Tannehill were enough to secure a big win anyway.
The highlight of the night came from Titans running back Derrick Henry.
GET. OFF. ME. SON. @KingHenry_2
— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) October 14, 2020
This is a team that continues to overcome adversity and win. And for anyone who said the Titans wouldn’t have a repeat performance of the playoff run in 2019, this game might have those people rethinking things.
Tennessee now turns its attention to division rival, the Houston Texans, who are coming off their first win of the season. With the game taking place this upcoming Sunday, the Titans will have only four days off before getting back out onto the field.
For now, the team should be proud of how it bounced back from the off-the-field obstacles over the last couple of weeks.
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