The wait between video games led to by way of the NFL’s first COVID-19 outbreak left the Tennessee Titans depleted.
They are nonetheless undefeated.
Ryan Tannehill threw for 3 touchdowns and ran for every other because the Titans routed the Buffalo Expenses 42-16 on an extraordinary Tuesday evening in a showdown between two of the NFL’s 5 last undefeated groups driven again two days after a couple extra certain exams for Tennessee ultimate week.
The Titans (Four-Zero) endured their easiest get started since profitable their first 10 video games in 2008 in spite of getting at the box the previous 3 days since their ultimate recreation Sept. 27 in Minnesota.
Malcolm Butler intercepted two passes, the second he returned 68 yards, and each arrange quick touchdowns for Tennessee. Kareem Orr’s restoration of a fumbled kickoff arrange Tannehill’s fourth TD for 21 issues off Buffalo’s 3 turnovers. Kalif Raymond’s 40-yard punt go back additionally arrange a 1-yard TD run by Derrick Henry.
The Expenses (Four-1) had no longer gained 5 immediately video games since 2004, and so they got here in in search of the franchise’s easiest get started since 1991 when Buffalo reached the Tremendous Bowl. Additionally they performed with out beginning cornerbacks with Tre’Davious White inactive as a result of a again damage and Levi Wallace on injured reserve.
Beginning broad receiver John Brown additionally used to be out for Buffalo, which had scored no less than 30 issues prior to now 3 video games.
Josh Allen got here in 2d within the NFL in yards passing. He threw for 263 yards and two TDs. Stephon Diggs had 10 catches for 106 yards.
The Titans wanted the turnovers with seven key avid gamers at the reserve/COVID-19 listing led by way of broad receivers Corey Davis and Adam Humphries and defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons. Additionally they have been lacking a pair assistant coaches and two avid gamers activated off that reserve listing previous Tuesday have been scratched.
The Titans were given a large spice up at the Expenses’ opening force.
Allen’s go went off Andre Roberts’ arms proper to Butler, and he returned the interception 29 yards to the Expenses 16. Two performs later, Tannehill hit A.J. Brown, who neglected the ultimate two video games with an injured knee, for a 16-yard TD for the fast lead.
The Expenses tied it up with a methodical 15-play force changing 4 3rd downs, benefiting from a Titans’ protection taking part in a couple of freshmen in finish Larrell Murchison and cornerback Chris Jackson. Allen tossed the ball to Isaiah McKenzie for a 3-yard TD tying it up, the 9th other Invoice to catch a TD go from Allen.
The Titans scored 21 of the following 24 issues.
Tennessee led 21-10 at halftime after Tannehill ran in from 10 yards seconds prior to the part. Butler refused to head down after selecting off an Allen throw to Gabriel Davis overdue within the 3rd, and Tannehill found Jonnu Smith for a 4-yard TD and a 28-10 lead 3 performs later.
The Titans had kind of eight,600 lovers readily available for this recreation. Tennessee in the beginning used to be going to have lovers Oct. Four for the primary time this season, however the outbreak driven that recreation with Pittsburgh to Oct. 25. Zip ties have been used to stay lovers from switching seats, and neck gaiters got out.
Titans left take on Taylor Lewan were questionable with a shoulder damage, and he went to the sideline overdue in the second one quarter after Expenses take on Harrison Phillips landed on him. Lewan went right away to the sideline and used to be changed by way of Ty Sambrailo, however he returned within the 3rd. … Rookie RB Darrynton Evans annoyed a hamstring in the second one quarter. He didn’t go back.
Expenses tight finish Dawson Knox harm a calf.
Expenses will host Kansas Town on Monday evening.
Titans host Texans on Sunday.