Buffalo Bills Pounded in Fourth Quarter By Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans

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Buffalo Bills Pounded in Fourth Quarter By Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans

Yesterday's 41-17 loss against Tennessee was embarrassing, to be kind. After a promising first half, Buffalo was not able to make any changes going into the third quarter.

To make matters worse, Chris Johnson, who pounded the rock for 232 all purpose yards while scoring two touchdowns, was holding up T.O's jersey in the press conference, after Owens bet the running back Buffalo would win the game.

Johnson eclipsed 1,000 rushing yards for the season while constantly breaking for devastating gains. Buffalo's defense could not contain him in the passing attack either, allowing him to earn nine receptions for 100 yards as Vince Young's top target.

Buffalo started strong, even utilizing some creative play calling in which Fred Jackson connected with Lee Evans for a 27-yard touchdown pass out of the Wildcat formation.

 

Buffalo's Rush Offense

The Bills' running attack looked very strong, despite the limited carries. Each back averaged four yards or better per carry, however, they only chose to rush 17 times during the game, allowing Trent Edwards to pass the ball 28 times.

Fred Jackson's rushes were mainly out of the Wildcat, but Marshawn looked strong and more like "Beast Mode" in his limited carries. He constantly fell forward, fighting for the extra yard. He also showed his beautiful combination of power and speed, for which we love him so much.

Buffalo consistently failed to convert on third downs, which is why both of their carries are slumping.

Buffalo's use of the Wildcat formation surprised me. In the situations they used it, it turned to be a success. I am interested to see if they will continue to develop these plays for further weeks.

 

Buffalo's Pass Offense

Trent Edwards looked solid during the first half, connecting with Owens on a deep pass, followed by a fade in the endzone to Lee Evans, for his second receiving touchdown of the day.

He did throw one interception, however, on a pass intended for T.O, but it was not the performance he needed to have to keep his job. Edwards was replaced by Ryan Fitzpatrick in the fourth quarter, going two-for-seven with an interception.

Tennessee's defense was sub par to say the least, but they proved to be better than Buffalo.

 

Buffalo's Rush Defense

I don't even know where to start on this one. Chris Johnson did what he pleased yesterday, forcing linebackers to miss tackles and bursting away from any defender in his way.

The Bills' rush defense is again showing why they are ranked dead last in the NFL, constantly making running backs look like Hall of Famers week in and week out. Given, Chris Johnson is a superb running back, but there is no excuse for giving up 100 yards on 14 carries.

Buffalo needs to focus on tackling and executing defensive plays.

 

Buffalo's Pass Defense

Vince Young passed for 210 yards, leading the Titans to their third straight victory and Young's seventh straight as a starter, yet 100 of these yards were on screens or short passes to Chris Johnson.

Star rookie Jairus Byrd recorded another interception, giving him eight on the season and keeping his streak alive, now recording an interception in five straight games.

With Terrence McGee and Donte Whitner out, Young capitalized on long passes to Nate Washington and Kenny Britt.

Overall on the defensive side of the ball, Buffalo failed to keep up with the lighting fast speed of Chris Johnson. They were outplayed, and again we are sent home with our tails between our legs, wondering what Maurice Jones-Drew will do to us next weekend.

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