It was the classic trap game for the Titans. A week after beating the Super Bowl champion Eagles Tennessee Titans Womens T-Shirt , they lose to the Buffalo Bills on the road. Here’s how it happened.Taywan Taylor got the Bills off to a fast start with a fumble on the Titans’ opening drive. The turnover set up Josh Allen in Tennessee territory, who quickly finished the drive off with a scramble into the endzone to give Buffalo a 7-0 lead. After trading punts, it was a Nick Williams punt return that flipped the field for the Titans. Marcus Mariota and the offense wasn’t able to capitalize, but they were able to add three points and cut into the Bills’ lead. On the next possession, Marcus Mariota tossed an interception. It was a quick slant to Nick Williams, but the defender won inside leverage and was able to make the play. However, the Titans’ defense stood tall, forcing a field goal attempt. Thankfully for the Titans, the Bills botched the hold, giving the Titans the ball back with the score still at 7-3.Ryan Succop was able to hit a long field goal before half to cut the lead to 7-6.The mistakes continued for the Titans in the second half. Dion Lewis fumbled, giving the Bills a chance to extend their lead late in the third quarter. Josh Allen was unable to move the ball, however, forcing the Bills to add a field goal to their lead. It was a 10-6 game with two minutes left in the third quarter.Finally, the Titans starting moving the football. Mariota found Tajae Sharpe for some key conversions on third down, keeping the sticks moving to begin the 4th quarter. Mariota converted a key 3rd and four with a hurdle, then appeared to throw a touchdown to Nick Williams — who dropped it as he entered the endzone.The Titans settled for another field goal, bringing the score to 10-9 with 11 minutes to play.Tennessee needed a play defensively Tennessee Titans Hats , and they got one from Adoree’ Jackson, who picked off a tipped ball from Josh Allen. Derrick Henry ripped off 15 yards to get into Buffalo territory, but the drive stalled quickly after that. Mariota fumbled out of bounds on 3rd and eight, bringing out Ryan Succop one more time. Succop hit from 50 yards out, giving the Titans a lead for the first time all day. Somehow, some way, the Titans led 12-10 with under four minutes to play.The Bills were far from done though. LeSean McCoy earned 15 yards to start Buffalo’s drive, then Chris Ivory pushed the ball into Tennessee territory. Ivory picked up another chunk, which brought the Bills into field goal range once again.The clock was on the run and the Titans were out of timeouts. The game came down to a Steven Hauschka field goal attempt, which he nailed from 46. The Bills upset the Titans 13-12, in the classic letdown spot game. The 3-2 Titans will return to action next week against the Ravens.Titans Secondary Prepared for Blake Bortles Following Big Game Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles had a monster performance on Sunday. His play through the air helped secure a 31-20 victory over the New England Patriots. The Jaguars were eager to avenge their AFC Championship loss against the Patriots, and did so without RB Leonard Fournette. Bortles big day through the air was a big reason why - combined with some fantastic receiver play from Keelan Cole and Dede Westbrook. Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY SportsBortles went for over 370 yards on 64% of his throws, adding three touchdowns to one interception. The last time Bortles threw for over 370 yards, the Jaguars lost to the San Francisco 49ers 44-33. The following week, Bortles disappointed by following his 382 yard performance with a 158 yard performance - throwing zero touchdowns and two interceptions. He completed only 44% of his passes. The Jaguars would lose that game by a final of 15-10 - to the Tennessee Titans.Fournette-Less Jags More DangerousOffensively, the Jaguars are more explosive without RB Leonard Fournette in the lineup - but that ultimately hinges on which Bortles shows up.The Jekyll-Hyde dilemma that the Jaguars have on their hands with Bortles is what contributes to the teams inconsistency. In games where Bortles is off, it helps having a guy like Fournette in the lineup to take the majority of the offensive workload. It takes the ball out of Bortles hands and prevents the likelihood of turnovers from taking place. Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY SportsAgainst the Patriots Tennessee Titans Womens Hoodie , Bortles impressed with his accuracy. Again, the play he received from his pass catchers helped ensure a big day through the air.
The Titans had the Jaguars number all last season. Historically, the Titans have had the Jaguars number dating back to the 1999 season. Defeating the Jaguars in the 1999 AFC Championship marked the third loss for Jacksonville that season - all at the hands of the Titans.MMCNBThe MMCNB crew continue to gel after two weeks into the regular season. Having three interceptions to their credit - two of which came from two offseason additions - is a very promising start. Yes, the aggressiveness of CB Malcolm Butler has caused him to get beat on the deep ball. Expect the coaching staff to work with Butler in helping him harness his aggressiveness and be more cerebral when attacking the ball early. Adoree’ Jackson - who plucked his first interception of his professional career - has also been giving cushion to receivers that has allowed for easy targets underneath. This is strategic. Here’s why. Jackson’s closing speed is one of the unique attributes of his game. He is essentially trying to bait QBs into making the “safe” throw. As the season progresses, those “safe” throws may be a little more dangerous for QBs. Jim Brown-USA TODAY SportsKevin Byard has yet to record his first interception of the season - but it could happen on Sunday against the QB he last picked off in Bortles.Expect Byard to still help shadow Jackson in coverage and help over the top, but not for much longer. Jackson will eventually earn the coaching staff’s trust to cover the deep ball solo, thus enabling Byard to slide over to assist Butler - who doesn’t have the stride for stride speed - over the top. When that happens, MMCNB will have evolved to a potent secondary.With the developing dominance of the Titans pass rushers, the secondary will be afforded more opportunity to shine as the weeks go by. If the elusive Texans QB Deshaun Watson had a tough time, Bortles could be in for a long afternoon.Defensive ExecutionThe Jaguars secondary remains the strength of that football team. Corner play from Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye contribute to teams being discouraged to throw the football. The Titans know how to beat the Jaguars. It involves a calculated approach in a game plan that remains centered around the ground game success. A solid game on the ground essentially neutralized the effectiveness of the Jaguar corners. OC Matt LaFleur went into the Houston game with an excellent game plan that included the install of the Wildcat offense. Could we see some more Wildcat looks against Jacksonville?A lot of the game plan is dependent (to a degree) on who will be under center. If Mariota’s health is improved and he can add a few of those “can’t make throws” into his game, he would be a more explosive piece to have in the lineup especially in the Wildcat formation. Remember, Mariota does have a receiving touchdown to his credit when lined up as a receiver. He also provides more of a threat as a runner. Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY SportsDerrick Henry and Dion Lewis ARE the offense heading into Jacksonville. The two backs have confidence in each other and the team has shown confidence in each back to get the job done when their number is called. Will the Titans have their bookend tackles suited up Sunday? That will also become more clear throughout the week. With or without their starting tackles, LaFleur and Keith Carter will make schematic adjustments to fit the personnel that is available on Sunday.It’s also fair to assume the Titans won’t be as cautious with Blaine Gabbert if he gets the start against his former team. Why in the world would the Titans choose arguably the best secondary to let Gabbert loose? Well, Gabbert defeated essentially the same Jaguars secondary last season as a member of a less talented Cardinals team - going for 241 yards with two touchdowns to one interception. Will Gabbert be chucking up the football all game long? Obviously not. But will he have a little more opportunity to make plays downfield - yes.It will be interesting to see how the injury report looks by Friday afternoon. The Titans will be preparing for all possible scenarios.That’s something good coaches do. That helps turn the good coaches into the great ones. Making the most with the personnel available.