The Titans held the fort in a thrilling victory at Nissan Stadium Monday night. After Derrick Henry scored his third touchdown of the evening with just over three minutes left in the fourth quarter, putting the Titans up 34-31, Josh Allen methodically worked his talented receivers over the middle down to the 12 yard line. There, on third and six, he scrambled toward the sideline, going airborne as he tried to hit the first down mark. He was short by less than a yard.
Rather than kicking a short field goal for overtime, Sean McDermott elected to go for the win. Allen kept the ball on a sneak and defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons stuffed him. The Titans took over with 12 seconds left. Ryan Tannehill took a knee and the team took the victory.
It was a hard earned and costly victory for the Titans, who lost 1st round defensive back Caleb Farley and return man Camron Batson for the season to torn ACL injuries. In addition, Julio Jones tweaked his hamstring again, Taylor Lewan was carted off the field with a concussion and CB Chris Jackson and RB Jeremy McNichols suffered injuries, foot and ankle respectively.
Derrick Henry had another monster game rushing for 143 yards including a 76 yard touchdown where he was clocked running at almost 22 mph–the fastest running time in the NFL so far this season.
Ryan Tannehill played smartly and efficiently, completing 18 out of 29 passes for 216 yards with one interception and one rushing touchdown. The offensive line held up against a top ranked Bills defensive giving up no sacks and receiver and A.J. Brown rebounded from a hamstring injury and food poisoning, racking up 7 catches for 91 yards.
The Titans defense executed Mike Vrable’s edict for better situational football coming up with big plays when the team needed them most. They forced the much vaunted Bills offensive to settle for field goals three times, and sacked Josh Allen three times. Moreover, they kept Allen corralled, limiting him to 26 yards of rushing.