The Buffalo Bills made a business trip down to Nashville, Tennessee with one thing in mind. That was to leave with a win. It was not pretty, but with some late game heroics from Tyrod Taylor and the Bills defense, they made it happen. The Bills now sit at 3-2 after a 14-13 victory over the Titans and rookie quarterback Marcus Mariotta.
After being penalized 17 times in week four against the Giants, Rex Ryan made push ups a punishment was a penalty was caused in practice during the week and even had a wrist band that said “Yes Sir”. The “Yes Sir” was what his players were supposed to tell the refs after they were flagged for a penalty. Ryan snapped his after the opening kickoff after special teams star Marcus Easley was flagged for being offsides and the bills recovered a muffed return.
In the first half, the Bills defense was on the field for more than 20 minutes as the Bills offense was unable to get anything going. However that defense stood still allowing just a field goal and gave the team a chance. In the second half, it was Tyrod Taylor time as he took over the game in every aspect. Tyron threw the ball. Tyron ran the ball. Tyron caught the ball. Taylor finished with just 109 yards through the air, but did have 76 yards on the ground, including a 22 yard touchdown run down the sideline on a called quarterback draw. Taylor also was on the end of a Chris Hogan pass for a four yard gain.
Taylor returned the favor to Chris Hogan on the next play for a 2 yard touchdown after Taylor rolled out to the right. After punting the ball back and forth in the final four minutes, the Titans had the ball with under two minutes remaining. With the defense having played more than 35 minutes, they earned their pay with Dareus putting pressure on Mariotta forcing the rookie to throw a ball into triple coverage which Stephon Gilmore came down with.
We need two game balls for this performance with one going to Taylor for his outstanding play in the second half, and for the defense who played awesome the entire game and especially when it mattered most. We must also give credit to this coaching staff as the Bills only committed 7 penalties. They now need to work on not fumbling with the latest additions to the roster in Denarius Moore and Daniel Herron.
Tough challenge next Sunday as the Bills host the undefeated Cincinnati Bengals at the Ralph. The Bills have been consistent, with a win, loss, win, loss, win record. Hopefully they can change that pattern and show the rest of the league that they are for real. Sammy Watkins, are you out there? We will need you Sunday. Go earn that paycheck.