(above photo by Jerome Davis Bills vs Titans for Challenger News
The Bills defense got a key early fumble recovery by Matt Milano and offense turned it into a 7 yard TD run by Josh Allen. The Bills came out very aggressive. Bills cornerback Taran Johnson continued to play at a high level with an interception of a poorly thrown Mariota pass. The Bills defense continued to improve and forces the issue with their opponents.
The Tennessee titans made several mistakes on offense with a fumble, interception, and a potential game winning touchdown reception by wide receiver Nick Williams who dropped near the goal line. Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier is now dialing up pressure on opposing offensives. Bills linebacker Herry Hughes said, “It’s a tough position for me when you find yourself underneath the quarterback … do I scoop him up and tackle him or just hold on to him?
I spoke to the white hat (referee), who told me to just wrap him up (Quarterback) and drive him backwards and they would blow the whistle to spot his forward progress. If I would have picked him up and finished him it could have been a penalty.” The Bills Hughes also said about returning to his hometown next Sunday against Houston Texans, “I’m excited about it and hopefully we can build on this win and take this momentum of not allowing a touchdown (in Titans game) on the road.
Yes the NFL is moving to mobile quarterbacks and we must be prepared to face Deshaun Watson.” Bills defensive tackle/nose guard Star Lotulelei said, “Our game plan today was to come out and stop the run – it was key for us — keeping Mariota in the pocket for the most part and not letting him make big plays with his legs. We cut down on missed tackles and must continue to tackle better.” Tennessee Titans all pro outside linebacker Brian Orakpo said, “The Bills came out with a great scheme and we did a terrible job of stopping run. It was a defensive struggle and turnovers were a key in determining a winner today.” When asked about 2009 draft (I thought for sure like most draft experts that Orakpo was coming to Buffalo instead we picked Aaron Mabin) Mabin turned out to be too small as an edge rusher and only lasted a few years in the NFL.
It was another sorry first round draft pick setting us back a few years. Orakpo confirmed meeting with Buffalo and said, “It was one of the teams I met with then and things happened. I’ve had a solid career so far and Buffalo has a nice organization with a lot of bright spots and a good future with guys like Jerry Hughes, Lorenzo Alexander, and an up and coming quarterback. I know those guys personally and they bring it all the time.”
Josh Allen was 10 of 19 pass attempts for 82 yards. The Bills must return to a ground and pound style of offense with plenty of carries for Chris Ivory and LeSean McCoy in order for them to have a chance at winning games the rest of the season. I had my doubts about Chris Ivory signing in the spring, but he is proving to have something left in the gas tank. He’s a bruising style running back that loves to run into and over defenders. Ivory just appeared in his 100th NFL game and that’s quite remarkable for a bruising style running back.
I thought Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll should have given him the ball many more times against green Bay a week ago. We are moving forward and the Bills travel to Houston to play the Texans in what should be a ground and pound type game in order to keep Jadeveon Clowney and J.J. Watt off of Josh Allen. The Texans offensive line is suspect and the Bills edge rushers could have a big day. I must admit, for signing a Punter that has never punted in an NFL game and has 14 punts inside opponents 20 yard line, while only one for a touchback leading the league in that category, is quite remarkable. I see the Bills pulling an upset 14-13 in a hotly contested game.