Josh Allen and the Bills look great again in prime time as they eliminate the Titans

Josh Allen and the Bills look great again in prime time as they eliminate the Titans

It’s not too crazy to imagine that you’ll be sitting years from now reminiscing about the 2022 Buffalo Bills in the same conversation as teams like the 1989 San Francisco 49ers, 1991 Washington, 1978 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1993 Dallas St. Cowboys. Louis Rams or any of the iconic great teams of all time.

That’s the Bills’ ceiling. Whether they will reach those heights remains to be seen. First they have to worry about things like stopping the Miami Dolphins in the AFC East and making sure a playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs isn’t at Arrowhead Stadium again. It’s only two games into the season. There is a long way to go.

But at this point in the season, the Bills were absolutely dominant. They blew out the reigning Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams in the opener and then, on a Monday night, were even better in a stunning 41-7 victory over the Tennessee Titans, a team that was the No. 1 seed in the AFC last season. . The Titans may not be the same team this season, but it was an impressive effort from the Bills.

Injuries happen and many teams have started the season quickly only to fade a bit. It’s a long season. It’s just hard not to get excited about where this Bills season can go.

Bills dominate the Titans

Bills fans, excited about the possibility of this team bringing home the first Super Bowl championship in franchise history, were raucous before kickoff. The Bills then drove down and scored on their first possession, with running back Reggie Gilliam breaking tackles and taking a short pass from Josh Allen for the touchdown.

The Titans answered after that with a Derrick Henry rushing touchdown, but it would be a long time before we saw any more signs of life from Tennessee’s offense. It wasn’t even an indictment of the Titans. The Bills might have the best defense in the NFL this season.

They might have the best offense in the NFL as well.

The Bills were equally good on both sides of the ball against the Titans, but the offense is what everyone will be talking about. Allen threw three touchdowns to Stefon Diggs. One came on a makeshift play in which Allen dropped back to his right and found Diggs in the end zone on a fourth-and-1. He later finished and threw deep to Diggs up the middle of the field for a 46-yard touchdown. A little later in the third quarter Diggs scored another touchdown.

When Diggs scored his third touchdown he had 148 yards on the night. At that point the Titans as a team had 112 yards. Allen took a seat near the end of the third quarter with the game out of control. In just under three quarters he had 317 passing yards and four touchdowns.

With 8:33 left in the third quarter, a strange thing happened. The accounts sent to the betting pool. It was the first time the Bills had played all season after about six and a half quarters. The Titans broke the fair catch and Buffalo recovered.

Everything is going well for Buffalo early in the season.

Stefon Diggs and the Buffalo Bills had a great performance in a win over the Titans.  (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

Stefon Diggs and the Buffalo Bills had a great performance in a win over the Titans. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

The Bills defense also looks great

The Bills defense shut down Henry and the Titans had no other offense. Henry had just 25 yards on 13 carries. Ryan Tannehill had just 117 yards and a 32.7 passer rating. Some of them are the Titans, but ask the Rams: The Bills defense is really tough to beat.

The Titans had 75 yards on their first drive and then 42 yards on their next six possessions combined. Here were the Titans’ possessions from Henry’s touchdown until Tannehill left the game: punt, punt, end of half, punt, punt, interception, interception. The Titans just couldn’t find a way to move the ball.

And the defense got in on the scoring. Bills linebacker Matt Milano picked off Tannehill and returned it 43 yards for a touchdown. That gave the Bills a 41-3 lead with 3:49 left in the third quarter. The Titans pulled Tannehill at that point and gave rookie Malik Willis some playing time. It’s not like the Titans were going to come back with Tannehill, and he was often pressured by the Bills’ pass rush. If Buffalo wanted to run up the score, he felt they could have won by 50 or 60.

The Bills’ offense, led by Allen and Diggs, would be enough to make them a dangerous team in the playoffs. Only the defense would win many games with a mediocre offense on the other side. Combine the two and the Bills could be in for a breakout season.

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