Tennessee Titans didn’t earn respect, lose to Buffalo Bills 13-12

Karen Christensen, Tennessee Titans Reporter

By Karen Christensen // @ksc47

Buffalo Bills 13 – Tennessee Titans 12

It was another no touchdown game for the Titans.  They’re back to square one and living off of kicker Ryan Succop’s field goals. There is no way you can get to the playoffs and win without players that can catch and hang on to the football. Nope.

Tennessee had three turnovers during this game at New Era Field in Orchard Park, New York, and the Bills took full advantage of them. During the Titans’ first possession, wide receiver Taywan Taylor fumbled the ball which the Bills recovered and turned into a touchdown run for quarterback Josh Allen. Quarterback Marcus Mariota threw a pass intended for WR Nick Williams and it was picked off by Buffalo cornerback Taron Johnson.

The Bills did not score after this turnover in the second quarter, but the interception seemed to just be ‘par for the course’.  That made it hard for the Titans to get any momentum going at all. Titans running back Dion Lewis fumbled the ball in the third quarter, and the Bills were able to get a field goal off of that mistake.  

Mariota tried his best in the fourth quarter to lead his team down the field for a touchdown. He threw a perfect pass to Nick Williams which was dropped. That dropped pass was just a nail in the coffin to the Titans’ chance to win.  Succop was the only Titan to score this game, he made four field goals.  One of the field goals was after an interception by cornerback Adoree Jackson, but it wasn’t enough for the Titans to win the game.

Last year the Titans let former head coach Mike Mularkey and most of his coaching staff go. Many unhappy Tennessee fans had blamed the Titans’ sometimes lackluster play on former offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie’s play calling. Robiskie is now the wide receivers coach for the Buffalo Bills. During the Bills victory locker room celebration Bills head coach Sean McDermott awarded Robiskie a game ball. A slap in the face to Titan Nation.

Current head coach Mike Vrabel had this to say about this Sunday’s game: “The coaching wasn’t good enough. The playing wasn’t good enough today. The blocking wasn’t good enough. Everything about the Titans wasn’t good enough and that’s on me. That’s a reflection of me and the job that I did today.  So we’ll coach up tomorrow and we’ll prepare for the next opponent.”

Next up is the Baltimore Ravens at Nissan Stadium. The Ravens lost to the Cleveland Browns today, but it was a close game that went into overtime.  

The Titans need to get their offense firing on all cylinders and get some wins.  Coach ‘em up, Vrabel.

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