Well that sucked.
I think that's the best way to share my thoughts with you on the Buffalo Bills' 42-16 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Tuesday night. I don't think I need to write any more for this column, but my boss would be angry if I hit send at this point so here we go.
The Bills laid an egg in prime time, which was disappointing. The offense didn't score enough points. The defense was bad. Special teams had a couple of mistakes. The Bills also hurt themselves with 10 penalties, seven of which were pre-snap. They had four false starts, three coming on the same drive, on a night when there were only 8,400 fans in the stands.
On the other hand, the Titans looked like the team that made a run in the AFC playoffs last season and were expected to contend for an AFC Championship this season. Tennessee's previously porous run defense stuffed the Bills' ground game. There was no place for running back Devin Singletary to run, as his 11 carries for 25 yards would show.
In terms of the passing game, the absence of wide receiver John Brown was a big problem.
In the first half, I think Josh Allen was forcing the targets to No. 1 receiver Stefon Diggs. I was surprised Cole Beasley didn't have a single target in that half, even more so with Brown on the inactive list.
To the Titans' credit, they did a great job of taking the 20-plus-yard throws away from Allen. Tennessee was more than happy to give up the shorter completions, banking on the Bills messing up at some point or, at worst, making them produce long, time-consuming scoring drives.
It was a rough night for the Bills defense, which might not have come as a surprise when you take into account both linebacker Matt Milano and cornerback Tre'Davious White were out.
Having said that, the guys that were on the field literally made no game changing plays. No sacks, not even many pressures, no takeaways, no stops in the red zone.
The defense was definitely put in a bad spot, thanks to turnovers and a big punt return. The Titans had six touchdown drives, and three of those started inside the Bills' 20-yard line. Another drive start came at the Bills' 30-yard line. It would have been nice if the defense could have forced a couple of field goals out of that.
The only good news I can give you is that this loss only counts once.
The key is to make sure this doesn't turn into a slide, and the Bills will have their work cut out for them with three of their next four games coming against the Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks.