So much for prosperity.
The Tennessee Titans took their three-game winning streak on the road to Buffalo, only to be humbled by the lowly Bills, as Stephen Hauschka connected on a 46-yard field goal as time expired.
The Titans, who managed to take their only lead of the game on Ryan Succop’s 50-yard field goal with 4:43 to go, had to rely on their kicker to supply all of their offense for the second time in five games this year.
Succop connected on four field goals, but it was not enough as the Titans’ offense turned the ball over three times and failed to get any sort of rhythm going against the Bills defense.
The Titans’ sluggishness showed from the outset as Taywan Taylor lost a fumble on the opening series, and thedefense allowed Buffalo rookie quarterback Josh Allen to scramble for a 14-yard touchdown and a quick 7-0 lead for the Bills.
The Titans managed to stay in the game, getting two Succop field goals in the first half, one being a 54-yarder as the half expired to pull Tennessee within a single point at 7-6.
The Titans also got a break in the first half when the Bills botched a snap on a field goal try and came away with no points.
The Bills extended their lead to 10-6 on a third quarter field goal before the Titans answered back with a field goal of their own with 10:34 left in the game to cut it to 10-9. On that possession the Titans should have taken the lead, but Nick Williams dropped a touchdown pass.
Later, the Titans would take their only lead on Succop’s 50-yard kick with 4:43 to go, but
Buffalo got the football back and efficiently moved downfield, using runs from LeSean McCoy and Chris Ivory mixed with short safe passing from Allen to reach the Titans’ 28-yard line to set up Hauschka’s winning kick.
Marcus Mariota struggled at times, as he completed just 14 of 26 passes for 129 yards. Mariota also did not run much, just twice for 10 yards – well off the pace of the 46 yards he had in last week’s overtime win over the Eagles. One of those runs was a highlight, as he hurdled a defender to gain a first down on a scramble. He also had one pass intercepted.
Also, Mariota’s receivers betrayed him for the second straight week, dropping a potential touchdown pass. On Sunday, it was Williams who dropped a touchdown pass from Mariota, who escaped a rush and lofted a perfect pass in his direction. Last week, Darius Jennings dropped a pass in overtime against the Eagles that might have gone for a touchdown.
Corey Davis, fresh off a 161-yard performance last week against the Eagles, was held to 49 yards on just four catches by the Bills.
The Titans’ run game was better, as Derrick Henry had 56 yards on 11 rushes, but Dion Lewis was held to 34 yards on 12 carries.
Tennessee’s defense also had its lapses, especially the run defense, which surrendered 144 yards on the ground to the Bills. McCoy led the way with 85 yards on 24 attempts.
Allen completed just 10 of 19 for 82 yards on the day.