After another slow day offensively and a good defensive performance, the Buffalo Bills are 2-3. The Tennessee Titans were coming off two convincing wins and may have fooled the rest of the NFL with those performances. The win was ugly, but a win nonetheless.
We looked at five Bills players to make a significant impact on this game. Here’s how they fared:
QB Josh Allen
If you showed me Josh Allen’s stat line for the game I would have guessed that the Bills lost by three touchdowns. Going 10 for 19, 82 yards and a pick isn't going to win you a whole lot of games in the NFL. Allen looked a lot more comfortable in the pocket than he did last week against the Packers. He found a way to score the only touchdown of the game with his feet in the red zone. Allen has a lot of work to do to be a franchise quarterback, but after almost every game so far, there has been some sort of growth.
RB LeSean McCoy
McCoy’s 24 carries on Sunday more than doubled his total for the three games prior. Getting him the ball was a priority for offensive coordinator Brian Daboll. He didn't have an explosive game by any means with just 85 rushing yards, but it’s better to be in second and six than second and long. I’d expect his role to get bigger in the passing game as well since he is the best playmaker the Bills have. (If he doesn’t get traded.)
WR Zay Jones
Jones was Josh Allen’s favorite target on Sunday catching three balls for 20 yards and converted a couple of third downs throughout the game. Clearly those are not good numbers but I think the Bills need to find more ways to get him the ball. With Kelvin Benjamin basically being a paperweight, Jones could very well be the Bills best wide receiver.
DE Jerry Hughes
If it weren't for the silly roughing the passer rule change, Hughes would have had another two-sack performance. To clarify, he wasn't flagged, but he had Titans’ QB Marcus Mariota wrapped up and let go to avoid being tagged with a roughing the passer penalty and giving the Titans a fresh set of downs. Hughes was able to get in the Titans backfield multiple times, giving Mariota a short time to throw and making him uncomfortable. He ended the game with four tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble. Another solid day at the office for the Bills’ best pass rusher.
CB Taron Johnson
Let’s remember, this guy was a fourth-round pick a little over five months ago. Johnson has been an extra spark in the Bills secondary and he had another good game against the Titans. With four tackles and an interception, Johnson was always in good position for the Bills. His tackling was on display once again and his ability to cover in the slot is vital to the Bills defensive success. The Bills have found a good football player in Johnson and the nickel corner fits him extremely well in Sean McDermott’s defense.