OPINION: Bills exorcise some demons

If Monday's night matchup was a boxing match, it would have been called off long before the final round

Buffalo, N.Y. (WGR 550) - Two seasons worth of pent up frustrations for Buffalo Bills fans about the Tennessee Titans were thankfully released during a glorious home-opening victory on Monday night.

It was one thing to beat the Titans after losses in different fashions over the last two years. What made it thoroughly enjoyable, though, was the absolute thrashing that took place at Highmark Stadium.

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As it turns out, the high point for the visitors came on their first drive of the night, as they answered a Bills touchdown with a touchdown of their own, although it shouldn't have counted because officials missed a false start on the Titans offensive line.

The game got progressively worse for Tennessee from that point through the end of the third quarter when the Titans basically waved the white flag.

Offense. Defense. Special Teams. It was an across-the-board butt-kicking by the Bills, who have outscored the defending Super Bowl champions and last season's No. 1 seed in the AFC by a combined 72-17 score, while opening 2-0 for the third time in four years.

I think I have run out of ways to write Josh Allen was great, so can I just write "Josh Allen was Josh Allen"?

The 26-year-old was in complete command of the offense. He began the evening by taking what the Titans were giving with short throws, but as the game went on, he was able open things up and go over the top for some big pass plays.

Allen spread the ball around to his many weapons, as he usually does. Eight different Bills had, at least, one reception, but he and Stefon Diggs continued to work their magic. You didn't have to be a genius to see that coming.

Knowing the Titans were fielding a young, and relatively inexperienced group of cornerbacks, it made sense to keep feeding Diggs. He was un-coverable, while totaling 12 catches for 148 yards and three touchdowns.

Please keep in mind that happened over three quarters of work. The Bills called off the dogs and put Case Keenum and some backups in for the fourth quarter.

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While the Bills were putting 40+ points up on the scoreboard for the eighth time since the start of the 2020 season, the defense had its way, as well.

Titans workhorse Derrick Henry was a non-factor in this one. He ran the ball 13 times for a measly 25 yards. Of those 13 carries, five were for a loss.

It was truly a team effort by the Bills defense, from the line to the backers to the secondary. They were even able to stuff Henry without a couple of key pieces up front in Ed Oliver and Tim Settle.

After that opening drive touchdown for Tennessee, the Bills defense gave up just 70 yards on the next eight drives. They simply sucked the life out of the Titans offense.

What about special teams, you ask?

It took until midway through the third quarter of the second game before the Bills had to punt for the first time of the 2022 season. When they did, new punter Sam Martin's end-over-end kick was muffed and recovered by the Bills.

Buffalo can do no wrong.

Jim Kelly got the fans going before the game by leading them in the "Bills Shout! Song". Marv Levy was also on hand to say to the crowd, "Where else would you rather be than right here, right now?"

Then it was a three-hour party for Bills fans. Impressive, to say the least.

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