September 20, 2022, 4:08 pm
Bills 41, Titans 7 (Bills covered -9.5, O 47.5)
Key Postgame Stories
The fact that Malik Willis and Case Keenum both made it into this game should tell you all you need to know about how quickly the outcome was decided. Buffalo is quite clearly the early Super Bowl title favorites with a lethal combination of a shutdown defense and the torrential rain of a passing offense. The story should really turn to who can possibly hand the Bills their first loss of the season, and while on paper that could very well be the Chiefs in Week 6, nobody should feel too confident about that. This team is flat out elite after outscoring their first two opponents by a combined 55 points.
Derrick Henry’s performance was among his worst ever, perhaps best illustrated by the negative rush yards over expectation per carry. Hassan Haskins came in for mop-up duty and ended up with more total rushing yards than him on four less carries. The fact that Henry has gotten only one target versus 34 carries through two weeks is definitely a storyline to keep an eye on, especially when the favorable game script should’ve given him more looks in the passing game where Ryan Tannehill really struggled to get the ball downfield against the beastly Bills defense.
Treylon Burks led all Titans pass catchers in targets and receiving yards while matching Robert Woods with four catches apiece. The rookie actually got a higher PFF receiving grade in this game than Woods, but it’s worth wondering how much of his usage was due to the extremely positive game script for airing it out on the outside. Burks actually ran less routes than Woods, Austin Hooper and even Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, but only 17% of those routes were from the slot compared to a minimum of 45% for those others. It’s good to see Burks get a solid pro game under his belt, but he’s still going to be a bit inconsistent to depend on as a fantasy starter.
A bit of sobering injury news that came out of this from the Bills side was CB Dane Jackson getting his head bent backwards awkwardly while on the ground after a play. He was motionless for a few minutes, but fortunately was released from the hospital late Monday night with feeling in his extremities. Hopefully he’ll be all right moving forward as a key piece of an elite Buffalo pass defense. Center Mitch Morse also left with an elbow injury and is awaiting x-ray results.
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