The Buffalo Bills suffered their first loss of the 2020 season on Tuesday night in Nashville by a score of 42-16. Tennessee got off to a very fast start offensively off of the first of three Bills turnovers. The first was a deflected pass from Bills quarterback Josh Allen that led to points. Buffalo also did not help themselves much defensively in the game, but they were without Matt Milano and a few other defensive starters. In my opinion, the Bills played soft on defense all night and had chances to get the Titans off of the field. Why they did have the Titans stopped, they killed themselves with penalties that Tennessee took advantage of, which eventually led to points.
Josh Allen tried to get into his usual rhythm from Weeks 1-4, but he was only 26/41 for 263 yards and two touchdowns. The Bills were also without John Brown tonight and that was a significant factor in the offensive struggles. Stefon Diggs still led the Bills in receiving for 106 yards. Gabriel Davis picked up the slack as the second receiver tonight as he had 58 yards receiving. TJ Yeldon led the Bills in rushing as he had 52 yards rushing and one receiving touchdown.
The Bills only had one really big play all night with the Isiah McKenzie touchdown to tie the game at 7 early. Throughout, the Titans made a lot more big plays that swung the momentum (hint – the Derrick Henry stiff arm). I was very disappointed in the play of the defense tonight as they were gashed and shredded the entire game. As I said, with some injuries it leads me to believe that not only were the Bills unfocused, they showed up and played soft football tonight.
Next Monday night, the Bills will take the defending Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs in Orchard Park. The Chiefs are also coming off a tough loss to their biggest rival, the Las Vegas Raiders, and will be looking to show that they can bounce back from a tough loss. The same goes for the Bills, as they will want to get rid of the nasty taste in their mouths that this game left. Who knows, maybe this loss will be a reality check for the team, reminding them to take it one game at a time. I’m hoping that when they get back to Buffalo, they regroup and have a good week of practice to get ready for Kansas City.
Next Monday night’s game at Bills Stadium will kickoff at 5:00 PM and will air on FOX.