On Sunday the Buffalo Bills hosted the Tennessee Titans at Ralph Wilson Stadium, and suffered a heart breaking loss that will resonate with the Bills throughout the bye and until week nine when they play Houston Texans. In their week seven defeat, the Bills and Titans were going back and forth all game, but after the Bills scored at the end of the third quarter to take a 34-28 lead, there wasn’t another score until Nate Washington caught a 15-yard touchdown pass with 1:03 left. The Bills were unable to answer the score and now sit at 3-4, no longer tied for first in the AFC East.
This game featured some of the NFL’s best running backs, the Titans star running back, Chris Johnson, who started the season off slow but has been playing better in recent weeks, and the Bills dynamic duo of C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson. The two teams combined for a total of 363 rushing yards, but it was Chris Johnson who stole the show with 195 yards on 18 carries and two touchdowns. The Bills two running backs both played well, getting 70 (Spiller) and 71 (Jackson) yards, and that was in addition to a great performance from Fitzpatrick.
Despite an excellent game from the Bills offense, it was once again their defense that cost them the game. The Bills defense has been a problem all season, and now their poor play has cost the team another loss and took them out of first place in the AFC East. They didn’t force any turnovers, and from Chris Johnson’s point of view, they were merely moving obstacles standing between him and the end zone. The Bills have the talent on offense to score with just about any team in the league, but their defense need to make some serious adjustments during the bye week. Unfortunately, this game will just go down as another one that got away.