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Bills beat the Titans 13-12 in defensive struggle to improve to 2-3

The Bills defense forces three turnovers and held the Titans to four field goals

October 07, 2018 - 1:38 pm

The Buffalo Bills got back into the win column with a dominating performance by the defense and a late game-winning drive from the offense. The Bills improve to 2-3 on the 2018 season by edging out the Tennessee Titans 13-12 at a noisy New Era Field on Sunday.

The Bills defense showed up again this week with Tremaine Edmunds and Shaq Lawson forcing fumbles on the Titans and Taron Johnson getting an interception, stalling the Titans, who managed just four field goals on the afternoon.

There wasn't mush offense coming from either team, but Bills running back LeSean McCoy did carry the ball 25 times for 85 yards in a stark contrast to his lack of usage early in the season. Josh Allen did not have a great day in the air with just 10-of-19 passes completed for 82 yards and an interception, but he ran the ball four times for 19 yards, including the only touchdown of the game as he dove for the endzone on a 14-yard run in the first quarter.

The Bills were able to put up the early points on the board after a Matt Milano fumble recovery on the Titans' first offensive drive. It was Allen who capped off the Bills' first drive with his 14-yard touchdown run to give the Bills a 7-0 lead.

The Titans did respond with a field goal after having a drive start at the Bills' 25-yard line, but Buffalo's defense held on to force Ryan Succop to kick a 27-yard field goal to make it 7-3. 

The Bills then got an interception from Johnson, but the Bills came up empty after punter Corey Bojorquez botched the hold on a field goal attempt. Succop added a 54-yard field goal to help the Titans end the first half with the Bills leading 7-6. 

Buffalo's defense wasn't done yet as Lawson wound up stripping the ball from running back Dion Lewis and Jordan Poyer fell on the ball to set the Bills up for another field goal to extend their lead to 10-6. 

While the Titans added two more field goals by Succop to finally take the lead, 12-10, the Bills got one more drive with the chance to win the game late. With a large dose of LeSean McCoy and Chris Ivory, the Bills ate the last 4:43 off the clock to set up Stephen Hauschka for the 46-yard game winning field goal as time expired.

The Bills will next travel to Houston next Sunday to face the Texans at NRG Stadium. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. and can be heard on WGR with John Murphy, Mark Kelso and Sal Capaccio on the call.



  • 0-0 TIE - Bills fumble recovery - Tremaine Edmunds strips the ball from Taywan Taylor, Matt Milano recovers at the Titans' 47-yard line.
  • 7-0 BILLS - Bills touchdown - Josh Allen runs it in for a 14-yard touchdown, Stephen Hauschka's extra-point attempt was good
    • Drive info: 11 plays, 47 yards, 5:26
  • 7-3 BILLS - Titans field goal - Ryan Succop's 27-yard field goal attempt is good
    • Drive info: 7 plays, 18 yards, 3:27


  • 7-3 BILLS - Bills interception - Taron Johnson jumps a route and picks off Marcus Mariota at the Titans' 35-yard line.
  • 7-3 BILLS - Bills failed field goal - Corey Bojorquez has a miscommunication on the field goal attempt, resulting in no points after a trip to the red zone
  • 7-6 BILLS - Titans field goal - Ryan Succop's 54-yard field goal  attempt is good
    • Drive info: 11 plays, 52 yards, 5:03


  • 7-6 BILLS - Bills fumble recovery - Shaq Lawson strips Dion Lewis of the football and Jordan Poyer recovers at the Titans' 49-yard line
  • 10-6 BILLS - Bills field goal - Stephen Hauschka's 40-yard field goal attempt is good
    • Drive info: 7 plays, 27 yards, 3:47


  • 10-9 BILLS - Titans field goal - Ryan Succop's 39-yard field goal  is good
    • Drive info: 14 plays, 54 yards, 6:29
  • 10-9 BILLS - Titans interception - Josh Allen's pass intended for Andre Holmes goes through the hands of Holmes, deflected in the air and Adoree' Jackson came up with the interception 
  • 12-9 TITANS - Titans field goal - Ryan Succop's 50-yard field goal attempt is good
    • Drive info: 7 plays, 22 yards, 3:08
  • 13-12 BILLS - Bills field goal - Stephen Hauschka's 46-yard field goal attempt is good
    • Drive info: 11 plays, 47 yards, 4:43 



Buffalo Bills:

Josh Allen: 10-of-19, 82 yards, 1 INT

Tennessee Titans:

Marcus Mariota: 14-of-26, 129 yards, 1 INT


Buffalo Bills:

LeSean McCoy: 24 carries, 85 yards

Chris Ivory: 14 carries, 43 yards

Josh Allen: 4 carries, 19 yards, 1 TD 

Ray-Ray McCloud: 1 carry, -3 yards

Tennessee Titans: 

Derrick Henry: 15 carries, 56 yards

Dion Lewis: 5 carries, 34 yards

Marcus Mariota: 2 carries, 10 yards


Buffalo Bills:

LeSean McCoy: 2 receptions, 23 yards

Zay Jones: 3 receptions, 20 yards

Charles Clay: 1 reception, 12 yards

Kelvin Benjamin: 1 reception, 11 yards

Jason Croom: 2 receptions, 9 yards

Ray-Ray McCloud: 1 reception, 7 yards

Tennessee Titans:

Corey Davis: 4 receptions, 49 yards

Tajae Sharpe: 3 receptions, 30 yards

Taywan Taylor: 3 receptions, 30 yards

Dion Lewis: 3 receptions, 14 yards

Darius Jennings: 1 reception, 6 yards


Buffalo Bills:

Matt Milano: 10 tackles, 1 fumble recovery 

Tremaine Edmunds: 8 tackles, 1 forced fumble 

Jerry Hughes: 4 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble

Taron Johnson: 4 tackles, 1 interception 

Jordan Poyer: 3 tackles, 1 fumble recovery

Trent Murphy: 1 tackle, 1 sack  

Shaq Lawson: 1 tackle, 1 forced fumble

Tennessee Titans:

Jayon Brown: 10 tackles, 1 sack 

DaQuan Jones: 9 tackles 

Kevin Byard: 6 tackles

Adoree' Jackson: 4 tackles, 1 interception

Total Yards:

Bills: 223
Titans: 221

Passing Yards:

Bills: 79
Titans: 121

Rushing Yards:

Bills: 144
Titans: 100

First Downs:

Bills: 18
Titans: 15


Bills: 4 for 30 yards
Titans: 5 for 40 yards

Time of Possession:

Bills: 33:49
Titans: 26:11

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