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Titans Unable to Figure it Out Against Bills

Titans Unable to Figure it Out Against Bills

In a rather uneventful, rainy Sunday afternoon the Titans were handed their third loss of the season. The Buffalo Bills came to town and maintained control for the majority of the game. The 14-7 win propels the Bills to an impressive 4-1 while the Titans fall to 2-3. The Titans are still winless at home this season at 0-2.

Bills Take Over Nissan

It’s estimated that roughly 25,000 Bills fans filled the seats of Nissan Stadium. The atmosphere had more of a neutral site feel to it.

While large away presence is nothing new for the Titans, Sunday’s game definitely had a greater impact than most games. The Bills fanbase was loud early and often and had a noticeable affect at times on the home team.

Even the tailgates were crowded by Bills fans. Entire sections of the parking lots were devoted to Bills Mafia. It was noticeable to a disgruntled Titans fanbase that has had their share of gripes with their hometown franchise recently.

Kicking Woes Reach All Time Low

Titans Unable to Figure it Out Against Bills
Santos is the first kicker to miss 4 field goals in a game since Michael Koenen did it with Atlanta in 2006. (Photo courtesy of sports.yahoo.com).

It might be too soon to say but Cairo Santos might be looking for a new job this week. His 0/4 performance ties the record for the most field goals missed in a game in the modern era. Titans fans are desperately missing original starter Ryan Succop.

His first miss came early in the second quarter on a 50 yard attempt for the lead. The next came a little later as his 36 yarder went wide as well. In the third he would hit a 33 yard attempt low that again would have put the Titans in front. And finally his 53 yard attempt late in the third would have cut the lead to four points.

When asked about sending him out for a fourth attempt, head coach Mike Vrabel said “I think that we all have a job to do. We like to think that when you make mistakes we can get them fixed and corrected. You can’t just sit there and say, ‘well it’s not going well.'”

Regardless, The Titans might think about contacting some Nashville SC players this week and get them in a Titans uniform.

Offense Remains Sporadic

The Titans faced a more formidable defense this week in the Bills, and it showed. They were unable to get much of anything going and scored just seven points on the day matching the season-low from the game against the Jaguars.

Titans Unable to Figure it Out Against Bills
Jordan Phillips sacks Marcus Mariota as one of the five recorded sacks for the Bills Sunday. (Photo courtesy of billswire.usatoday.com).

The 252 total yards is the second-lowest total, the 243 against the Colts still remains the lowest on the season. While they did protect the ball well, they failed to convert on multiple opportunities and left at least twelve points on the field.

Obviously the field goal kicking was a problem all day. Had Santos made just three the Titans would have won, and of course, making all four makes it an entirely different game.

The redzone offense struggled once again as well. The Titans were 1-3 in the redzone and managed to turn just one drive into seven points.

The Titans are back on the road next week against the Broncos in Denver.

 

 

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